1964 Martin D-18

Posted by Jim on Fri, 10/15/04 - 13:24:55.

I run a music store on the Fl space coast...I bought an old Martin in rough shape...I gave it to my guitar tech as a gift and told him to fix it up and buy a car...well that time has come...it plays well...still has some damage where someone used it as an axe or something...anyway, I'm trying to help the kid...looking for collectors and/or info and a ballpark price...S/N 206489..(he's 90% sure on that)..any help or ideas/greatly appreciated....Jim



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This guitar is now for auction on E bay anyone interested check it out. 4 days to go no reserve met yet

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