Martin's Custom Shop crew has done it again. Starting with the Original Dreadnought platform with 14 frets clear of the body, and constructed the traditional way using only hide glue, this instrument ... Click To Read More About This Product
Martin's Custom Shop crew has done it again. Starting with the Original Dreadnought platform with 14 frets clear of the body, and constructed the traditional way using only hide glue, this instrument is not just one for your collection, but a guitar that you'll want to pick up time and time again to play, show off and otherwise enjoy.
We commissioned Martin's expert Custom Shop team to come up with a small run of quilted mahogany guitars, and they exceeded our expectations in every way. The tops, backs and sides of these Custom D-18s are comprised of beautiful, swirly, woody mahogany. It's gloss finish not only protects the guitar, but it will allow you to enjoy the natural, gorgeous patterns of the woodgrain for years to come.
The Custom Shop's final product is very lightweight and resonant. It produces a range of tones that is mesmerizing thanks in part to tops that were milled to a slightly thinner spec, allowing the optimum movement in conjunction with scalloped 5/16" Adirondack "Golden Era" bracing. For the neck, we opted for Martin's Modified Low Oval profile (Performing Artist taper) for a feel on the genuine mahogany neck that's very comfortable.
The guitar has elegant aesthetic appointments as well, including a black/maple/black back inlay, Style 45 Golden Era with D18 inlay purfling, and a Style 28 maple and black wood fiber rosette. Ultimately, though, this well-conceived combination of attributes takes a back seat, and really let the wood do the talking, so to speak.
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