Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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The Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is a traditional-style dreadnought featuring a rosewood fretboard and bridge with black binding and pickguard plus chrome-enclosed tuning machines. Solid ma... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is a traditional-style dreadnought featuring a rosewood fretboard and bridge with black binding and pickguard plus chrome-enclosed tuning machines. Solid mahogany back and sides combine with a large dreadnought size to produce a loud, clear treble and a warm, moderate bass.

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MartinD-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 42 reviews)

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Martin D18

My D18 is a 1991 model. I also have an HD28. The D18 is a great guitar. It does not have the sustain or bass of the HD28 but has clearer mids and...Read complete review

My D18 is a 1991 model. I also have an HD28. The D18 is a great guitar. It does not have the sustain or bass of the HD28 but has clearer mids and treble. This is a wonderful recording guitar. Much easier to mix than the HD28. When I want to play folk or fingerstyle I find myself reaching for the D18. Also for some reason the neck on my D18 is easier to play than the neck on my HD28. Strange, huh? This is my favorite going camping, campfire, and going to the park or beach guitar. I have changed my bridge pins and saddle to fossilized Walrus ivory. Try it it makes a big improvement in tone and volumn, plus it looks swank. I really like the look of the black trim. I think I will change my strap pins to Buffalo Horn to match. You will not kill banjos with this model. What you will have with the D18 is a great soloist guitar or recording guitar. This thing is the bee's knees for country and folk music. It even does bluegrass well but is swallowed up by banjos and good quality mandolins. So if you want to play a D18 for bluegrass stay away from those freaky banjos and mandolin player. They are of the Devil anyway. LOL. Oh i failed to mention. The D18 is a great blues guitar. Get yourself a slide and make the chics dance. LOL.

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Martin D 18

Bought this guitar today. I am a beginner now for a year. Wanted to upgrade to something nice that would make me pick it up and play more often. Wanted a guitar with...Read complete review

Bought this guitar today. I am a beginner now for a year. Wanted to upgrade to something nice that would make me pick it up and play more often. Wanted a guitar with more bling until I played the D 18 . I have short fat tip fingers and this baby is easy to play.Forget the fancy guitars with bling, play this one and all that is over.This is one real classic guitar.

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5.0

I would by this product again and again.

By Maryland75

from Philadelphia, Pa.

Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I've owned my D18 for twenty years and would recommend this guitar to anyone. I also play a Martin OM-21 which I purchased 10years ago for a different feel and sound but my D18 will always be my main guitar. It only sounds better as it ages.

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5.0

just a perfect guitar

By juuls71

from ocean springs mississippi

Pros

  • Flawless Build
  • Sound
  • value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Finger style
    • Lead riffs
    • Singer Song Writer
    • Strumming

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I have always owned rosewood and spruce guitars and wanted something different I love my Taylor 814ce but this Martin is just amazing.
    I've had this guitar for about 3 months now and can't put it down, my buddies I play with(hard core Taylor players) love this thing .
    I truly think every acoustic player needs a
    D-18 in their collection.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Dream Guitar

    By Stephen Bostick

    from Fort Worth, Texas

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I already own a '76 Les Paul custom (which I bought new), but as I get older I find myself playing less Led Zeppelin, and more country, folk, and blues. I was determined to buy one acoustic guitar that I would never feel the need to replace with a better one. My price cap was $3k, so that didn't really rule out any model, except for the special editions, which are mostly for looking at more than playing in my opinion. After playing every model on the massive Martin wall, as well as several Taylor's over the course of several weeks, one guitar stood out to me more than the rest, and that happened to be the D-18. Even though I am writing a rave review for the 18, I don't think anyone should prefer it based solely on reviews. Every guitar has a personality that is unique, and perhaps if I had went to different stores, I might have found a different model that had that special characteristic that set it apart from the others. If you are going to make this kind of investment, I would (and did) approach it the same way as finding a spouse. There is one out there that speaks to you in a way that no other can, you just have to find it. It might be an 18, or it may be something else. Cheers!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin D18

    By David Henderson

    from South Carolina

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    It's like having a porsche... there is no substitute.
    I"ve owned my 1967 Martin since 1974 and it has been with me everywhere, always the envy of every single person that's ever heard or played it. The tonal quality exceeds anything else out there. Mine is in excellent condition after being played and babied for so many years. It will be passed on to my daughter one day, and I'm sure she will pass it on to her children (if she ever has any).

    I've never considered buying another guitar (except a 12 string) but I'm thinking of getting one now. The value can only go up, and it's an heirloom that will be valued for lifetimes.
    If you appreciate great accoustic sound, you will never regret owning a Martin D18.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    How Sweet It Is

    By Martinman

    from Maine

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This guitar looks like plain vanilla ice cream, but it sounds like angels singing. I like beautiful guitars without too much bling, but I find myself playing my D-18 most of the time. This brand new guitar sounds as good or better than my 1969 Hummingbird. I prefer Gibson necks, but the tone of this D-18 just blows me away.
    This is a plain guitar. But there is no crime in that, it does its job, and does it well. Better bridge pins would be nice...
    I can find no flaw, the workmanship is first class. The intonation is spot-on.
    I don't know how you could possibly get more value for your money. And a D-18 will always hold value. You can spend alot more for a different model Martin, but to my ears, you won't get better sound. I have been playing Martins since 1972. I used to think that rosewood was king, but mahogany has a sound all its own. I also own rosewood and maple guitars. I like them all, but dollar for dollar, a D-18 can't be beat.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best Martin has to offer -- really!

    By Curly-ET4nS

    from New England

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    After playing this HUGE toned guitar for several years, I got rid of my rosewood Martins. They started sounding "brittle" by comparison. I know guitar players love the rosewood D-28, etc..but singers favor the mahogany D-18 because it's such a joy to sing over. The mahogany also records far easier and sounds 10x better through amplification. Buy your D-18 before mahogany becomes impossible to get.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gospelbluegrassboy

    By martinguitarfan

    from Virginia

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I purchased a D-18 Martin in the 70's, didn't really know what a treasure I was getting. I have owned many guitars since then but still have My d18 I call it Baby. Because of its great tone and playability I purchased a new one recently for my son. You can play almost any kind of music on a D-18. I think best over all guitar on market.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Martin D 18

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Bought this guitar today. I am a beginner now for a year. Wanted to upgrade to something nice that would make me pick it up and play more often. Wanted a guitar with more bling until I played the D 18 . I have short fat tip fingers and this baby is easy to play.Forget the fancy guitars with bling, play this one and all that is over.This is one real classic guitar.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Leon-p4REl

    from Midwest

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I recently purchase the D-18 and am very pleased with the tone. It seems to carry it?s volume much more than my previous DM especially when recording. The DM, while a great guitar, seemed to have a weaker presence. The D-18 has excellent tone and volume both bright and bass tones. The feel is better than the DM also. The neck glides well and feels similar to my Gibson LP with it?s 50?s style neck. Even the horizontal spacing of the strings is similar to the LP and that is helpful going between the two. The action, unmodified is slightly less than 3mm off the 12th fret which makes playing barre cords a breeze and almost as good as some electrics. The finish has a nice mirror like shine. The one I purchase has a unique pattern in one part of the wood that is being termed ?hazelficte? by some. I can?t say if this helps tone, but it does make the top unique and not unpleasant to look at.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I have owned one since '73

    By guitarharleydude

    from Key Largo, FL

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I have a 1967 model, paid $375 for it. I was playing rock, got it to practice without an amp. liked it so much I started taking it on jobs with a clip-in pickup (demarzio I think). When I did any country/folk it was a natural. Loved its action, similar to my electric in ease of play. I started playing finger-picking style and the tone just jumps out, bright and clean. it doesn't have the lows and bass of my Ovation legend, but has better overall tone. it is pretty beat-up after years of gigs, but I wouldn't part with it.

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