Martin D18 in repair

I purchased my Martin D18 in 1974. Its a beautiful guitar but has started to show its MartinD18age. The neck is shifting causing the action to get higher. I finally brought it into my new guitar repair guy and he recommended sending it back to Martin. He also identified that the frets had been filed down. The last time (and only) time I had work done on that guitar was when I was in school UW – Madison. So, it was sometime in the late 70’s. The shaved frets are not easily visible to the naked eye but with a magnifier I could see it. It doesn’t affect the play or sound but, long term, its something that should be repaired as well.

To repair the guitar will probably take 3 – 6 months. Martin will probably need to remove the neck and re-set it. It was pretty traumatic to leave the guitar and make the decision to have it sent to the manufacturer. Since its my primary guitar around the house it will be sorely missed.


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