Norman Blake's 1936 D-18

The 1936 D-18 from Norman Blake’s Whiskey Before Breakfast Album Cover

We recently had the privilege of spending some time with a guitar owned by the great Norman Blake. This 1936 D-18 was featured on the cover of Blake’s iconic album, Whiskey Before Breakfast, and after a time was sold by Blake. Brent Hawley, a friend of store owner Jim Baggett’s, has been the caretaker of this guitar for almost 50 years and recently brought it in for Jim to do some setup and fret work.

Current guitar owner Brent Hawley (L) and Jim Baggett (R) with Norman Blake’s 1936 D-18

The guitar has since been in the hands of friend of the store Bob Minner, a fantastic guitar player in his own right, who has convened some of the finest flatpickers around, both to celebrate Norman and Brett’s guitar along with sharing some insights and influences. Scroll down to check out more photos along with the fantastic video from the Fretboard Journal featuring Bob, Byran Sutton, Kenny Smith and Chris Eldridge talking all things Norman and vintage D-18s. Thanks of course to Bob for mentioning Jim!

2 thoughts on “The 1936 D-18 from Norman Blake’s Whiskey Before Breakfast Album Cover

  1. Jim & Mass Street Associates,

    Thank you for this video. I still have my vinyl copy of this Norman Blake album. It has always been a favorite. It was awesome to see his guitar in the hands of such fine musicians that appreciate the instrument. I will be sure to watch this again.

    Kind regards,


    1. Hi Leo,

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Bob Minner and Fretboard Journal did a fantastic job putting this video together, and of course Bob, Bryan, Chris and Kenny all sound great!
      -Mass Street Crew

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