Martin introduced the Authentic series to capture the qualities of historic, irreplaceable instruments. Selected guitars are examined by way of a CAT scan system with the Smithsonian Institute, exposing specifics of construction, bracing and dimensions. Materials closely matching the main stocks are employed, and period-correct appointments are added. The 1939 Authentic is constructed the old way, with hide glue and historically accurate detailing. It has an Adirondack Spruce top, Mahogany to the sides, spinal, Ebony to the fingerboard and bridge, as well as a rosewood head plate. The tuners are open-back Waverlys with butterbean buttons.
This Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 was built during 2013 and it is a pre-VTS (vintage tone system) model with a non-torrefied top and full gloss finish. It is in excellent condition without any appreciable wear, just a couple of light marks for the pickguard, a small dent about the left edge and many buckle type dents on the treble side. Always interested in trades for vintage Martin or Gibson acoustics