With the risk of unfair hindsight, this model turns out to have been one of those great success stories that get talked (or sung) about for ages. The unique tone, which is deep and powerful yet happy - a wonderful yin/yang - and its relative affordability. This D-18 leans towards the happy side (at least with these phosphor bronze srings - more mellow with 80/20 brass strings), loud all the way from bass to treble and crisp, and incredibile fast response! There is one spot of damage, a hit in the lower bass side of the top, that caused two small cracks and a slight dent. The repair was done decades ago and is holding strong. Otherwise it's quite nice, been played and shows it and still looks great. Of interest is how it shows a strong inherited stamp from the days of super lightly built guitars that give out their all with the lightest of touches and yet still have room when pushed. The mahogany sides are sooo thin that it's rare to find uncracked examples like this one.