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Martin D-18 Acoustic Dreadnought Left-Handed
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Traditional-style dreadnought features a rosewood fingerboard and bridge with black binding and pickguard plus chrome-enclosed tuning machines. Solid...Click To Read More About This Product
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A left-hand version of one of guitardom's all-time greats.
Traditional-style dreadnought features a rosewood fingerboard and bridge with black binding and pickguard plus chrome-enclosed tuning machines. Solid mahogany back and sides combine with the solid spruce top to produce clear treble and a warm, moderate bass. Limited lifetime warranty. Includes deluxe Martin hardshell case ($190 value).
- Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
- Black binding and pickguard
- Chrome-enclosed tuning machines
- Solid mahogany back and sides
- Solid spruce top
- 25.4" scale
- 14 clear frets
- 20 frets total
- Gloss finish
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Includes deluxe Martin hardshell case ($190 value)
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I purchased this guitar about a month ago & have spent these past few weeks aquainting
myself with it...Having wanted a Martin D-18 since the mid-1970s, when it arrived I was
somewhat apprehensive: As a left-hander I never had the opporunity to play one before, but a
good friend LOVED the model, & I decided to finally take the plunge....I've had no disappointments:The fit and finish is "Shaker Simplicity" beautiful; The action is smooth
& precise- Very low & easy to play...
I had gotten a Martin D-16GL a few years ago & the action was absolutely awful...I took
it to the Martin Factory to have them adjust it, but the tech said "I won't adjust it lower. It could ring or buzz."....Having owned 7 or 8 guitars before, the Martin D-16GL was by far the
worst playing guitar I had ever owned! Hence, I sold it on Ebay...
Back the the D-18: The tone is warm & full. Not as much bass as a rosewood D-28, but
overall a little warmer...It's a very playable guitar with a beautiful tone. I prefer mahogony
back & sides over rosewood. I do alot of fingerpicking, & like the softer tone...The sustain
is excellent...After the initial string stretching period of 9 or 10 days, it just has not gone
out of tune: It's remarkable how little it has to be re-tuned....
Enough said: Without question, this is a fine guitar: Made to be enjoyed for many,
I bought a lefty D-18 2 years back - haven't regretted it for a moment. Being a lefty, I tried out the righties at the local music stores before deciding on the D-18. Sounds great. Plays great. Versatile. All the good things! I play mostly Kottke-style finger picking, some strumming, and when pressed, flatpick. The D-18 plays all wonderfully. Others I meet have shown me their more expensive guitars, and they may look sweeter and fancier than the D-18, but I've yet to see one that plays or sounds as well. Just for your information, I installed an LR Baggs I-Beam (active) - also highly recommended for this guitar. My only criticism is that sometimes a cut-away model is needed for the high notes. Hence, the "9" instead of "10" under Features.