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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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
  • Includes case
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
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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(12 of 13 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

(10 of 12 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.

(9 of 10 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

(8 of 9 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.

    (8 of 8 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!

    (7 of 8 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!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Fuzzy

    from Orange County, CA

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    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!

       
      5.0

      Has a wonderful deliciously pretty woody tone

      By bayareadude

      from Union City, CA

      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 Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought a used 2017 Martin D-18. Its a post-2012 (duh!) D-18. It sounds great. Its very light for a dreadnought. Has a really pretty smell, like a light perfumy woody smell, wonderful, especially when I first opened the case. Easy to play. Very balanced. Great volume. Beautiful amazing pretty, wholesome, woody, earthy tone, that's has a bit of pretty brightness but not shrill or jangly or thin like a Taylor (I like it much more than my Taylor 314e). My Taylor sounds anemic in comparison. The tone is full, rich, a bit of shimmer but not excessive in overtones. The tone has no harshness at all, unlike many guitars. Its great for a variety of styles, it doesn't deserve to be stereotyped as a 'bluegrass' guitar for folks that want to play loud quick leads. I love it I have no regrets paying up for this (though I got a good deal on a used one). It has a 1.75" nut which I love. Nitro finish is great. It looks simple but when you strum or pick some notes... wow, very pretty woody tone! Funny thing is I recently tested another D-18 in guitar center, and that one was AMAZING, I never played any guitar in any store that made me feel like that ever, that one is probably even better than mine. My consolation is that that's a 2016 (I noted the serial# and looked it up later) and mine is a 2017, so mine has the possibility of opening up in 1 year and sounding that great. I was/am tempted to buy that one but really dont think guitar center will let me negotiate a $2495 guitar down to the price I got used for mine. So my conclusion is that the post 2012 Martin D-18 is a fabulous guitar.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BlueGrass Cannon That I Highly Recommend:€

        By GannPawJeff

        from New Market Tennessee

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune
        • The neck is unbelievable on this Martin.
        • Tone is killer. Consistent go to guitar:€
        • Will have this one till I leave this ol' world:€

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

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

          Front porch, back porch jammin', church get-together's, family jammin'.
          This guitar is great for any occasion.
          You won't be unsatisfied!!!! (GannPawJeff):€

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great, Great Guitar

          By Jon E.

          from Vienna, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Setup

          Best Uses

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

            I won't go into the changes made in 2012 to improve/modernize the D-18, others here who know more about it than me have already said it. Suffice it to say this is an incredible sounding guitar. I wanted to share my experience with two local Guitar Centers, in Alexandria and Fairfax VA, who's staff allowed me to audition every single D-18 they had in stock, a total of between 11 and 14 (I don't remember, it was a year ago...). They were incredibly patient as I discerned the finer points between all these guitars to discover they were incredibly consistent sounding and playing, kudos to Martin for incredibly consistent manufacturing and quality control. My only beef, and it is a small one, the action was uncomfortable for me (I am primarily a keyboardist...), the GC I purchased from offered a free setup but I decided to purchase a truss rod wrench (5mm) separately and tweak it myself. If you have weak hands/callouses like me, a quarter turn of the truss rod and a set of light gauge D'Addario Phosphor Bronzes will sacrifice a little tone, but do a lot for playability...

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