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Martin Custom D-18 Quilted Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Martin's Custom Shop crew has done it again. Starting with the Original Dreadnought platform with 14 frets clear of the body, and constructed the tra...Click To Read More About This Product

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Gorgeous woodgrain and exceptional construction make this a worthy investment.

Martin's Custom Shop crew has done it again. Starting with the Original Dreadnought platform with 14 frets clear of the body, and constructed the traditional way using only hide glue, this instrument is not just one for your collection, but a guitar that you'll want to pick up time and time again to play, show off and otherwise enjoy.
We commissioned Martin's expert Custom Shop team to come up with a small run of quilted mahogany guitars, and they exceeded our expectations in every way. The tops, backs and sides of these Custom D-18s are comprised of beautiful, swirly, woody mahogany. It's gloss finish not only protects the guitar, but it will allow you to enjoy the natural, gorgeous patterns of the woodgrain for years to come.

The Custom Shop's final product is very lightweight and resonant. It produces a range of tones that is mesmerizing thanks in part to tops that were milled to a slightly thinner spec, allowing the optimum movement in conjunction with scalloped 5/16" Adirondack "Golden Era" bracing. For the neck, we opted for Martin's Modified Low Oval profile (Performing Artist taper) for a feel on the genuine mahogany neck that's very comfortable.

The guitar has elegant aesthetic appointments as well, including a black/maple/black back inlay, Style 45 Golden Era with D18 inlay purfling, and a Style 28 maple and black wood fiber rosette. Ultimately, though, this well-conceived combination of attributes takes a back seat, and really let the wood do the talking, so to speak.

Body type: Dreadnought
Cutaway: Non-cutaway
Top wood: Quilted Mahogany
Back & sides: Quilted Mahogany
Bracing pattern: Adirondack/Scalloped 5/16"/Golden Era
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Modern low oval/PA taper
Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
Fingerboard: Black Ebony
Neck wood: Genuine Mahogany
Scale length: 25.4"
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Satin
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: No
Tuner: No
Headstock overlay: Info not available
Tuning machines: Waverly Nickel 4063 with Butterbean Knobs
Bridge: Black Ebony
Saddle & nut: Bone
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Tonewoods
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Certificate of authenticity
Country of origin: United States

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