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Martin Retro Series D-18E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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The Retro Series D-18E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a sleek, modern High Performance Neck for enhanced playability. The Retro Series D-18E adds a Sitka spruce top to the mahogany back... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

The Retro Series D-18E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a sleek, modern High Performance Neck for enhanced playability. The Retro Series D-18E adds a Sitka spruce top to the mahogany back and sides. Perfect for the intermediate and advanced player.

C. F. Martin & Co. is inviting musicians to take a trip back in time with the introduction of a groundbreaking guitar technology available in the new four-piece Retro Series: D-18E, D-45E, HD-28E, and OM-28E. Paying homage stylistically and sonically to the iconic classic Martin guitars of the 1930s and '40s, this series features traditional non-cutaway Martin guitars incorporating significant advancements in plugged-in sound reproduction. The series exquisitely captures a sought-after sound, melding traditional models with state-of-the-art technology, and will appeal to musicians and guitar aficionados alike.

Martin designers dove back into the rich history residing in the Martin museum and chose world-class examples to use as "tone donors." These guitars include a 1942 D-45, a 1941 D-28, a 1937 D-18 and a 1934 000-28 (long-scale) on loan from Vintage Instruments. Each of these guitars possesses unique tonal characteristics that can be attributed to the passing of time. The premise was to convince the new guitars into electronically behaving as if they were the museum guitars.

Developing the new Retro Series electronic foundation, Fishman electronically infused the essence of the museum instruments into the newly created Martin counterparts, a new technology for both companies. To build upon this "vintage-conditioned" sound, Martin Guitar teamed up with Fishman and Grammy Award-winning producer Bill VornDick at his historic Mountainside Studios in Nashville for a multi-step process. They utilized VornDick's private collection of rare vintage and boutique microphones, many of which date back to the '30s and are iconic recording industry microphones. This collection adds unique coloring to the plugged-in sound, reminiscent of the first microphones these museum guitars would have ever encountered in the professional recording studio.

The Retro series instruments are vintage in appearance but will have enhanced playability including a modern "High Performance Neck" taper and modified low oval profile. They will all have the new Fishman F1 Aura + electronics system featuring "Easy Mode" with three pre-blended mic/pickup presets and all of the programmability and tweakability of the original F1 Aura in "Performance Mode. "

Great for studio or live, this series reproduces the pristine sound that until now could only be accomplished in a highly-controlled studio setting with talented engineers.

VornDick said it best after hearing the finished product, "The plugged-in sound of these instruments is by far, the best reproduced acoustic sound I've ever heard."

Includes case.

FEATURES

  • Dreadnought body size
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Standard ''X'' scalloped, forward shifted bracing
  • High performance neck
  • Fishman F1 Aura Plus pickup system
  • Includes 445 Hardshell case
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model: D-18E Retro
  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Style 18
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped, Forward Shifted
  • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
  • Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Back Purfling: Old Style 18
  • Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Endpiece: Tortoise Color
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: Tortoise Color
  • Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: none
  • Neck Material: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
  • Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Heelcap: Tortoise Color
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18 - Green Abalone
  • Fingerboard Binding: none
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner ; Sunburst available at additional cost.
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Drop-In Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
  • Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge & End Pins: Black w/ White Dots
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case: 445 Hardshell
  • Interior Label: none
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Aura Plus
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MartinRetro Series D-18E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

Martin D-18 Retro

By Patrick

from Alexandria, La.

Comments about Martin Retro Series D-18E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I was shocked when I plugged this D-18 retro into my Fishman acoustic amp.. The neck plays like butter with it's low profile feel. The spruce top is master quality tight grain with flames. The tone is as good as many 30 plus year old mahogany Martins. Right out of the box it sounds and plays as good as any one of my 14 Martin guitars and this D-18 is the lowest priced Martin that I own. I bought it for a cheap Martin to play electric and never expected the quality would be so nice. I own one of the David Crosby quilted mahogany's with an engleman spruce top and this Retro is equal if not smoother to play. If this guitar had no electronic, it would still be a great Martin to own. That said, the Fishman aura + is the best I have ever plugged in.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Go-To Guitar!

By Rowbot Monster

from Ft. Myers, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Retro Series D-18E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I own multiple acoustic/electric guitars and, let me just say, I always end up picking this beauty to play. I love the sound it has and it keeps that sound for a great amount of time. The build of it is a nice classic Martin guitar and it feels really great!

     
    5.0

    I have fallen back in love with music after 30 years.

    By Duane

    from Bensalem, Pa. 19020

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fantastic action.
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin Retro Series D-18E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Our jam sessions last about 3 hrs. Since I have this guitar, my finger tips are saying halelujah.

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