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Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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Classic dreadnought body with slightly stiffer solid Adirondack spruce (red spruce) top, permit scalloped 5/16" Golden Era bracing shifted closer to the soundhole for free vibration and huge volume. S... Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic dreadnought body with slightly stiffer solid Adirondack spruce (red spruce) top, permit scalloped 5/16" Golden Era bracing shifted closer to the soundhole for free vibration and huge volume. Solid genuine mahogany back and sides give it punch and clarity, assisting the powerful mids and highs. Mahogany blocks with a dovetail neck joint. V-shaped neck for long-playing comfort features a fossil ivory nut and solid ebony fingerboard. Looks are enhanced by Old Style 18 abalone fretboard inlays, Waverly nickel tuners with butterbean knobs, polished gloss finish, Brazilian rosewood headplate with large Golden Era-style logo, and black binding. 

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Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world.

  • Classic dreadnought body
  • Solid Adirondack spruce top
  • Scalloped 5/16" Golden Era bracing
  • Solid genuine mahogany back and sides
  • Mahogany blocks with dovetail neck joint
  • V-shaped solid mahogany neck
  • Fossil ivory nut and saddle
  • Solid ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Old Style 18 abalone fretboard inlays
  • Waverly nickel tuners with butterbean knobs
  • Polished gloss finish
  • Brazilian rosewood headplate
  • Large Golden Era-style logo
  • Black binding
  • 25-2/5" scale
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MartinGolden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best guitar I've ever owned

By Scott J.

from Los Angeles, CA

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  • Beautiful tone
  • Consistent
  • Excellent articulation
  • Good Feel
  • Highest quality instrument
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      Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Wow. Simply the best guitar I've ever played. I sold my Martin HD28V to finance this purchase. I can only afford one expensive guitar at a time and the D18 GE 1934 was definitely the choice. Only change I've made is to swap out a set of ebony bridge pins for the plastic ones that ship stock with this guitar. For some reason, Martin only puts ebony pins on its full mahogany guitars. The D18 top is spruce (mahogany sides and back) so it gets plastic. Go figure. I heartily recommend the change--again, wow. Anyway, I can't put this guitar down. It's that addictive. It makes you want to play. Adirondack top (and braces) and forward-shifted, scalloped X-bracing make this thing LOUD, RESONANT, and RING LIKE A BELL. Its tonal properties are stunning. It has all that woody mahogany warmth and sultriness you expect with presence and resonance across the entire tonal range. (Think Kathleen Turner in Body Heat!) Great sustain too. Strum an E chord, then sit back listen to it decay sonically until all that's left are those delicious harmonics and other magical overtones. Wonderful sound definition too. Each note in each chord registers precisely and with marvelous clarity. For the most part, the modified V and wider neck haven't been problems for me. Even if they did, I'd work through them. Ebony fretboard/Waverly tuners seal the deal. Oh, and I got the sunburst finish. Never been a sunburst guy before. Maybe it's because I'm in love with this guitar, but I can't separate the instrument from the finish anymore. Anyway, now I just love sunburst! There must be better guitars out there, but I haven't played them yet. If you're looking for a D18 and you can afford the extra expense of the Golden Era line, just check it out. No frills; just a great, great guitar. It will make you a better player because it rewards technique and emotion like no other guitar I've played. Do your homework. You'll only find superlative reviews online. There's a reason. This is Martin at its best.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      Once in a lifetime guitar

      By Gary Lundberg

      from Austin, Texas

      Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I recently purchased the sunburst version of this guitar. I was looking to purchase a D28 or similar instrument and the salesman pulled down this D18GE with the dark sunburst. I always hated sunburst acoustics so I told him "not interested". He set it on a stand and I heard the "jangle". I picked it up and strummed it, had the salesman play it while I walked around in front of it, had him play several others (trying to hear the projection, sparkle, tone, etc. as a listener as opposed to player). I played several including more expensive items. This one spoke to me. It is now mine (after the wife's approval of course). I have only heard 2 or 3 in my life that sounded as good as this guitar. And I ain't young....

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      Martin D-18GE Golden Era 1934 Acoustic Guitar - Sinker Custom Shop

      By jon paresa

      from Sacramento, CA

      Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I don't know where to begin. The Custom Shop "Sinker" is the best guitar I have ever owned and played. I traded my Martin D-35 (1984) for the above referenced model. I played the Guitar at recommendation from Jose Blanco in the Sacramento Store. He was very knowledgable and quite helpful. It only took me about 30 seconds and I knew this was the guitar for me. What an amazing sound. I though my D-35 sounded great but the "Sinker" was completely amazing. Thank you so much Jose Blanco and Guitar Center. Check out the review on The Acoustic Letter. Made me feel great that someone else gave it very high marks.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      Best all around acoustic made!!

      By Albert Mendez

      from Sonoma, CA

      Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Just picked up this Martin D-18GE yesterday from the San Francisco G.C. If your looking for a high end acoustic that has volume and plays very well, you've found it. I own Martins, Taylor, and Gibsons. This guitar easily competes with my old Martin D-28 and any of the other acoustics I have. In my opinion it has a much more balanced tone with volume, and although I first thought the neck(1 3/4") would be a bit wide for my not large hands, I actually found my self hitting the notes more clearly in runs or chords. I found that the V-Neck actually helps to give you a little more leverage when chording. Up to the 10th fret bar chords just sang out clearly. The Adirondack top and the forward shifted bracing really contributes to this guitars sound. I compared it with the HD-28's that were in the store at the time because I really wanted the HD28-V but I just kept going back to this guitar. I was knocked over every time I played it and because I did not have a Mahogany bodied guitar, this was a nice addition. Whether your fingerpicking, strumming, playing various styles, from blues to bluegrass this guitar is one you have to check out. Don't pass this one by or you might be sorry! This will probably be my go to guitar and I am very glad I bought it. Worth every penny easily!

      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


      Amazing, Crisp Sound and Powerful Sustain

      By David Swope

      from United States

      Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar is everything I have ever wanted in an acoustic dreadnought. The sound clarity is absolutely superb and the notes seem to sustain for as long as you want to fret them. From smooth fingering to bluegrass flatpicking, any sound coming from this guitar is crisp and sweet. It has enough volume to compete with the banjo's and without missing a beat, can play the sweetest melody your fingers can compose. I've owned this instrument for over six months and I have to say it will be my new standby guitar, I play it every day, sometimes for hours at a time and every time I pick it up it seems to project a warmness that it didn't have before. It has aged extremely well in the last six months and I cannot wait to hear the sounds it can make in the years to come. I would recommend it to anyone with the budget, and for anyone who doesn't have the budget it's well worth saving for. I purchased a Fishman Rare Earth pickup with the guitar and the combination is well suited for home recording, though for gigging I am considering a more versatile pickup.

      (21 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


      Best guitar on the market

      By LCHES335

      from GloucesterVA

      Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I paid $2300 for my D-18 GE. Best guitar that I have ever bought. There are a few things that need to be done to "out of the box" Martins: Adjust the nut, trussrod, and saddle and nothing can compare to it. Martins are typically pretty stiff to play if they are not set up.

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