1966 Martin D-18

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Adirondack spruce
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Hardware: Original Grover tuners, bone nut and compensated bridge saddle
  • Pickup: Fishman Matrix Infinity
Me and George Shuffler

This was my payment for producing the Chelsea Mountain Boys record “Lost.” The popsicle brace was busted, and it desperately needed a neck re-set, but I was happy to take it just the same. 1966 was the last year Martin used tortoise pick guards and binding. This one is a banjo killer. Records great, with punchy upper-mids and clarity. Fantastic for rhythm and lead. Retired from the road, but I used this on both Dixie Bee-Liners albums, and dozens of sessions since then. A fine bluegrass machine, named after the late, great George Shuffler, cross-picking guitar legend with The Stanley Brothers, and an important influence. My guitar tech old me I had to use .13-.56 gauge strings on this if I wanted it to sound “right,” and who doesn’t? I’m currently using D’Addario NB1356 Nickel Bronze and love ‘em.