1955 Martin D-18, Factory Left Handed D-18L!

1955 Martin Factory Left Handed D-18 (D-18L), serial # 146788, manufactured 11-25-55 (verified by Martin factory). According to the current owner, this was the only Left Handed D-18 made in 1955, along with 3 other Lefty Martins.
The current owner had 2 cracks (top and bottom) recently repaired (correctly) along with a new nut installed and neck reset. If you like Low action, this guitar has it: 4/64 at High E, 5/64 at Low E (12th fret) with no buzzing. I just had it looked at by a few ex-Gibson luthiers I know who worked in the Nashville factory. New Martin MA140S 12-54 strings installed. The top has the clear coat removed, and the sides and back have been refinished poorly by the previous owner. As is, the guitar is 100% functional and plays and sounds great – it has the elusive Dry vintage Martin tone everyone wants in an acoustic.
Since the guitar was already refinished poorly, it would benefit greatly by having a complete refinish done to correct the appearance and make it look new again. If it was me, I would have someone like Lay’s Guitar Shop (who has done Excellent work for me in the past), the Martin factory, or a similar top-notch restoration repair shop do the work.
At the end of the day, it is a 1955 Martin D-18L (factory Left Handed). I own a 1954 D-18L (pictured).
I know how great and rare these guitars are. I see a factory Left Handed Martin from the 1950s about once every 10 years – Martin guitars through the 1950s are Gold!
The guitar comes with a newer Martin molded hardshell case.

2021 Nacho Banos Blackguard Tele, Finest Reissue, New!

For Sale: 2021 Nacho Banos Blackguard Tele. This is the 2nd and last one I have for sale. This is the best reissue electric out there – the closest thing to an early 50s Fender Blackguard Tele!

The wood used for the body is the same Golden (Southern) swamp ash as used in the original Blackguard Teles. As Nacho Banos states: “A local lumber warehouse supplier had a stock of LOUISIANA SWAMP ASH, hand selected for low density to make musical instruments. Its the best wood I have ever found….I believe this new batch is simply put, our best ever!”

Nacho Guitar early 50s style Spanish solid-body guitar «Blackguard».
Serial number #0494 on neck plate.
Early 50s style.
Weight: 6 Pounds 13 Oz
Neck profile: Soft V to D
Color: Butterscotch Blonde


    • Nacho Guitar serial #0494
      Early 50s style Spanish solid body Blackguard.
    • Body date is TG 11/21/51. Neck date is Thaddio 11/51. Control cavity tape reads Gloria 5/19/52.
      Maple neck, 9.5” fret board radius with Medium 95/47 frets, early to mid 1950s style medium Soft V to D profile neck, very comfortable to play and easy for string bending.
    • Neck Dimensions are 0,85″/1″ depth at 1/12 fret; 1,67″/2,02″ width at 1/12 fret. This neck has a very authentic vintage feel and a very comfortable grip.
    • Very lightweight example at 6 Pounds 13 Oz.
    • Early 50s Standard style bridge with brass saddles, serial number #0494 stamped on neck plate.
    • Aged Butterscotch Blonde nitro lacquer finish on ash body with plenty of dings and wear marks mostly around the edges. Plenty of playing wear is present on fingerboard and back of neck.
    • Early 50s style hardware and vintage early 1950s Blackguard style pickups.
    • Neck pickup reads 7,11k ohms. Bridge pickup reads 7,98k ohms.
    • Electronic configuration includes the powerful humbucking mode in the middle position: neck pickup + both pickups in series + bridge pickups all with tone control.
    • The guitar comes with a black phenolic resin pickguard which has been cut, lacquered and aged to early 1950s standards.
    • It comes with a rectangular tweed mid 50s style hard case (not aged).


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