1953 Martin D-18 acoustic guitar, made in USA, ser. no. 13xx54, lacquer checking to the headstock veneer, dent wear to the frets, wear to fretboard, buckle rash and other wear to the mahogany back and sides, pick and other various wear to the table, three replaced bridge pins, hard case, condition: fair

*Sold with CITES article 10 certificate no. 550003/01.  This lot is subject to CITES regulations if exporting outside of the EU

Provenance – The vendor inherited this guitar from his father, who was a member of the Country Strings Skiffle group. The guitar was purchased pre 1964, during the Skiffle period of British folk music. The Guitar was used on BBC TV’s Tonight show, 3 radio programmes; Swing into Summer; and also used for various BBC’s recorded performance library segments. Used on recordings for Decca ,Phillips and Pye (recordings available on ‘All the good Times: The Country Strings 1994’). Played throughout the UK folk circuit in the 60’s; as well as London notable performances within Scotland, Blackpool, Taunton, Norwich and the Midlands. This guitar is exceptional when it comes to live performance due to its fantastic resonance and depth of sound.

Estimate £2500 – 3500

Sold for £3200 (8th December 2016)