My personal acoustic guitar is now a 1941 D-18, very much like this one. Obviously I've had my pick of guitars over the last 11 years. A 41 D-18 is the one I settled on. They are magical in every way. Steve Earle said in a magazine interview, he the owner of 350 guitars, that a pre war D-18 would be his deserted island guitar. And further that they are one of only two or three things in life that live up to the hype. I agree with Mr. Earle. This instrument possesses original finish and bridge plate.