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Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

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The Martin Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a sleek, modern High Performance Neck for enhanced playability. It features a solid Sitka spruce top for well-balanced tone. The use of solid mahogany for th... Read More

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Overview

The Martin Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a sleek, modern High Performance Neck for enhanced playability. It features a solid Sitka spruce top for well-balanced tone. The use of solid mahogany for the back and sides further adds to this dreadnought's precise, clear treble and a warm, moderate bass. This one is made to last a lifetime and is perfect for both the intermediate and advanced player. 


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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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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. 

Features
  • Powerful dreadnought design
  • Great-sounding combination of solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides
  • Modified low oval neck profile with high performance taper
  • Smooth black ebony fingerboard
  • Bone nut and compensated saddle for improved sustain and intonation
Specifications
  • Model: D-18
    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: Style 18
    Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
    Endpiece: Delmar 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 /Raised Gold Foil
    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
    Fingerboard Binding: none
    Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
    Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
    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/Bone
    Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
    Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
    Bridge & End Pins: Black
    Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
    Case: 445 Hardshell
    Interior Label: none
    Electronics: Optional
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MartinStandard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I used to be fickle, but now I'm truly in love

By Postoasty

from Denver

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I know you've heard it before. "I've owned XYZ Guitars and this is the best" In my case I really have owned XYZ guitars and I've never been completely satisfied. That is, until now. I was in my local Guitar Center looking at the Memorial Day deals and passed by a D 18 on the wall. I've played them before and no big deal, but this time as soon as I strummed a chord I heard that sound which has been so elusive to me in the past. I traded two Taylors in on this one; a 610 and a 615, both great guitars, but now they can be great guitars for someone else. I've gone through four Gibsons, a Martin D 35 and an MMV, several Ovations, three Larivees and finally came back to a guitar that is less expensive than some, more expensive than others, but much more acoustically pleasing and easier to play than any I have owned. Nice neck, perfect intonation and Great quality to go with it. I couldn't be happier.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Fuzzy

    from Orange County, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This is my favorite acoustic guitar. I play a lot of fingerstyle without using picks, so I look for a guitar that will give a good bass response using my thumb only. This one does the trick. Guitar always stays in tune and sounds great. Also love the smell of the wood!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT Service and GREAT Guitar

      By Jeffrey Hackett

      from Hialeah Florida

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I recently (yesterday) purchased this D-18 after playing it because the sound, feel, and overall beauty was there. I have a D-28 as well and it doesn't compare to the newer D18-2012. The first thing I noticed was the neck and how much slimmer and faster it was. I had previously owned a 1965 D-18 that had a "baseball bat" for a neck and was really tough to finger-pick. I will give Martin credit for the fact that they are making their guitars more playable as well as better sounding. I have over 40 years experience playing so I guess I am a pretty good judge when it comes to guitars. While everyone has their own tastes for what they are looking for in an acoustic guitar, I think most would agree that tone would be common with everyone. I will be installing the Fishman Matrix pickup system on this guitar as well as my other Martin. I purchased this guitar at the Hallandale Florida store and the salesman Bruce was very helpful as well as respectful and I thank him for that

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Thing of Beauty

      By Ken Schulz

      from Huntington Beach, CA

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Classic Martin workmanship and tone, with "new" improvements in the D-18 (scalloping and neck). Beautiful retro styling. I expect to enjoy it many years!

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hope

      By Robert Liguori

      from Absecon, NJ

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have spent a good effort trying out and researching guitars. I looked at electrics, acoustic-electrics, resonator guitars and banjos. My goal was to find the right product for me, relative to a deeply personal reason (the passing of my Dad). The Martin guitars clearly stood out to me, when I tried them at the local Guitar Center. As an FYI, I did not want to spend the money in my budget for the electric kit for an acoustic... I finally decided that I wanted the money to go towards the best possible acoustic guitar that I could get for under $2500. After I received in the mail and opened this guitar, tuned it, and started playing it, my leap of faith, of ordering this model (previously untested by me)... was definitely blessed by a higher power. I surely got it right... When you play this instrument, this D-18 dreadnought masterpiece, the tones melt like butter through your soul. I felt myself being swallowed up into the mahogany, ebony and spruce components as I strummed some basic chords, I actually had to pull my self back as the sounds were so mesmerizing. This guitar also brought special meaning to me as my Dad was born in the 1930's and on the 18th of November. Similarly this guitar is modeled after the 1930's D-18. My recommendation for everyone; the young and the young-at-heart... go find the dough, work for the cash, or borrow the bucks, and then purchase this guitar. Your life will be more complete once one of these D-18s is in your hands. Note that I my other guitar... is now stored away (with my maintenance, of course :))... but this one D-18, will be by my side, as I get old and weary. I have named her "Hope". And she is my strength. -- Robert

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible Value at Any Price

      By CHRIS PAULS

      from Albuquerque, NM

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have been looking for a great dreadnought for some time now. I probably should have just gone with a Martin to begin with, but I have really only heard the older ones that have ladder bracing and are over built and frankly just sound a little tight and lack punch. I fell into the trap of buying a boutique guitar for way too much money and then had serious buyer's remorse. Then, like a fool, I bought a Chinese made "boutique quality" guitar that was a huge disappointment. Finally, I read a couple reviews of the new D18 and decided to give it a try. I can honestly say that this dreadnought has blown away my expectations! It's got all the punch and sustain of my "high" end small maker guitar for much less money. It is drop dead gorgeous, light as a feather, AND it says Martin on it. The D18 is the standard by which all other dreadnoughts are measured, and Martin has definitely hit a homerun with this remake. Make sure you get the new one with scalloped forward shifted X bracing. They are easy to spot because the pickguard is tortoise shell, the tuners are open backed and the bridge pins are all black. Also, I can honestly say that I was very impressed with my local Guitar Center. I know they have the reputation of being a big box store, but the staff was really helpful and incredibly enthusiastic when the guitar came in. Shipping was free and insanely fast, and I got to use a coupon, so an already good price got even better. Not that I need it, but the 30 day trial was also a deal maker.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One Awesome Guitar

      By Randy Fernandes

      from Visalia,CA

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Well I did a lot of research and decided to go with the Martin D-18 over the Taylor and Gibson Acoustic. No regrets whatsoever. I'm so glad I waited for the 2012 model because it has upgrades over the 2011 model plus it looks much nicer. I ordered it in May and picked it up in about 5 days from GC. I opened the box and I couldn't be happier. A nice sturdy case and a beautiful guitar in perfect condition, not even a blemish! And then when you play it, doesn't matter if you strum it hard or pick it lightly, the sound is very clean and clear from the bass notes to the high notes. This Martin also has a lot of volume if you need it. This D-18 performs, a lot of guitar for the money. Plus GC gave me a discount!

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