I've just been looking at the C.F.Martin & Co's various modern interpretations on their early D-18 model. As I'm sure most of you know the top/most expensive model is the D-18 Authentic 1937, then the D-18 Golden Era and then to the Vintage model and the Standard Series. I noticed that the Golden Era model is based on the instruments from1934 and has "select mahogany back & sides with cloth reinforcement strips".
Can anyone tell me about this cloth reinforement? Is the inside of the guitar covered ripped-up underwear????? Is it glued on? Or is it just a subtle thing that can't really be noticed unless unless you know it's there? As you may be able to figure, I ain't got a clue what this would look like and why cloth would be used to reinforce solid Mahogany? I would look myself but I don't have access to a D-18, new or vintage...............unfortunately.
Regards to forum,