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Early 1968 Vintage Martin D-18 maple bridge-plate "Tone Rocket"
1968 MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS - Check this out I'll stack this up against any year in history - Wow!Jan 4 - Steppenwolf releases their self titled debut album "Steppenwolf "Feb 18 - Fleetwood Mac releases their debut albumMar - Joni Mitchell releases Song to a SeagullApr - Sly and the Family Stone release "Dance to the Music."May 5 - Buffalo Springfield play their last gigJune 14 - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vita is released by Iron ButterflyJuly 5 - Creedence releases Creedence Clearwater RevivalAugust - Big Brother and the Holding Company release "Cheap Thrills"Sept - Led Zeppelin plays their first gig as the New YardbirdsOct - Hendrix releases "Electric Ladyland"Nov - Beatles release the White AlbumDec - James Taylor releases his self titled debut album
Sound demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-YeEUi7wPQ Martin Production HistoryThis guitar received S/N 2310XX which makes it one of the first of the 1,689 total D-18s manufactured by Martin in 1968 - WAS BUILT WITH THE SMALL MAPLE BRIDGE PLATE BEFORE MARTIN SWITCHED TO ROSEWOODIn fact it was one of the first 950 guitars Martin produced overall in 1968 ( ref - Longworth Martin Guitars A History 1980) Headstock - Solid Mahogany with Brazilian Rosewood overlay - traditional gold and black "C F Martin & Co. Est. 1833" logo.Tuners - are the original chrome plated Grovers - All straight clean and function perfectly.Fingerboard - Is Brazilian Rosewood Frets - Excellent throughout no fret work needed now or in the near futureNut and Saddle - All original in excellent conditionNeck /Action - Complete Pro Set-Up - Perfect 3/32" across the radius - Neck solid mahogany no evidence of prior resetBridge - Original Brazilian Rosewood - completely solid with very little wear throughout the pin holes - original black style 18 bridge pins.Bridge Plate - Small MapleTop - Book matched Sitka Spruce with original pick guard in great shape - not much bellying at all - typical shrinkage with some minor lifting of the pick guard edge next to the neck Rosette - 1-9-1 style 18Sides - Book matched Mahogany with some excellent grain characterBack - Classic Style 18 2 pc Mahogany back. Some light surface scratches but overall excellent .Bindings - Black Style 18 bindings excellent throughoutHeel Plate - Brazilian RosewoodEnd Pin - Original matches black bridge pinsStrings - Martin MSP3100 Phosphor Bronze .012 - .054 Case - Original Black Hardshell Case Shipping - I use USPS Express Overnight for domestic shipping - Fed-Ex for International - I DO NOT NEGOTIATE SHIPPING - Detuned and pro packaging - In winter months I strongly advise letting the package sit for 24 hours prior to opening - I know this is difficult - but abrupt temperature and humidity changes are tough on vintage lacquer finishes.
PLEASE REVIEW MY FEEDBACK - I AM VERY DEDICATED TO MY CUSTOMERS SATISFACTION - HOWEVER THESE ARE USED AND VINTAGE INSTRUMENTS AND THERE ARE MINOR NICKS AND FLAWS SO THEREFORE I ENCOURAGE YOU TO ASK QUESTIONS OR TO ASK FOR MORE DETAILS OR PICTURES or BOTH. I AM ALWAYS HAPPY TO PROVIDE YOU WITH ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND INFORMATION - YOU MUST PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS.
INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS MUST CONTACT ME PRIOR TO BIDDING AND AGREE TO SHIPPING AND INSURANCE CHARGES UPFRONT - I DO NOT NEGOTIATE SHIPPING CHARGES. IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE SHIPPING AND INSURANCE THEN PLEASE DON'T BID!
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