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Platinum Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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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. Includes case.

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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5.0

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT Service and GREAT Guitar

By Jeffrey Hackett

from Hialeah Florida

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

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Thing of Beauty

By Ken Schulz

from Huntington Beach, CA

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!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hope

By Robert Liguori

from Absecon, NJ

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

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Value at Any Price

By CHRIS PAULS

from Albuquerque, NM

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.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One Awesome Guitar

By Randy Fernandes

from Visalia,CA

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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