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Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Demo


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This iconic instrument from Martin's Standard Series delivers the legendary dreadnought tone that defined acoustic music. Handcrafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the D-18 produces a robust, well-balanced tone with precise trebles and moderate bass. The High Performance Neck offers enhanced playability, while the dreadnought body shape provides impressive volume and projection. Whether you play rock, country, bluegrass or folk, the D-18 Standard is a versatile workhorse that will inspire you to create music. The D-18 Standard lets you experience the heritage and prestige of Martin Guitars.

Solid Tonewoods Provide a Lifetime of Tone

The D-18 Standard is built with premium tonewoods, including a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. These woods are revered for their tonal qualities and ability to age gracefully. Over time, the spruce top will mellow into a rich, complex tone, while the mahogany adds warmth and resonance. Martin uses sustainable practices to source their tonewoods, so you can feel good about the materials in your D-18 Standard.

High Performance Neck Enhances Playability

Martin designed the High Performance Neck to improve feel and access across the fretboard. It has a modified low oval profile that's comfortable for most playing styles. The fingerboard has a 16" radius, making it easy to bend strings and play complex chords. Dot inlays provide reference points without distracting from the instrument's classic look. Whether you have small or large hands, the High Performance Neck helps you play with precision and speed.

Iconic Dreadnought Shape Provides Powerful Projection

The dreadnought body shape produces a bold, resonant tone that projects well in live and studio settings. It has a wide waist and deep body, creating an expansive soundboard that generates volume and rich overtones. When played vigorously, the dreadnought shape allows notes to ring out with a full, rounded tone that fills the room. For nearly a century, the Martin dreadnought has defined the acoustic guitar sound and influenced countless musicians.

Premium Appointments and Components

The D-18 Standard includes premium appointments you expect from a Martin Guitar. It has an elegant Style 18 rosette, bone nut and saddle, polished nickel tuners, and a tortoise pickguard. Martin's proprietary neck mortise and tenon joint ensures stability between the neck and body. Each component is carefully selected and installed by Martin's skilled craftsmen in Nazareth, PA using time-honored techniques passed down through generations.

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  • 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

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  • Model: D-18 Standard
  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid spruce
  • Rosette: Style 18
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped, Forward Shifted
  • Top Braces: Solid 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 with 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 with Aging Toner
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly with Drop-In Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared with 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: No

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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.

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