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Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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    Mahogany back and sides give it great projection — really cut through the mix.

    The Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is a traditional-style dreadnought that features a rosewood fingerboard and bridge with black binding and pickguard plus chrome-enclosed tuning machines. Solid mahogany back and sides combine with a large dreadnought guitar size to produce a loud, clear treble and a warm, moderate bass. Limited lifetime warranty. The D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar includes a deluxe Martin hardshell case ($190 value).

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    MartinD-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
     
    4.8

    (based on 23 reviews)

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    How Sweet It Is

    This guitar looks like plain vanilla ice cream, but it sounds like angels singing. I like beautiful guitars without too much bling, but I find myself playing my D-18 most of the...Read complete review

    This guitar looks like plain vanilla ice cream, but it sounds like angels singing. I like beautiful guitars without too much bling, but I find myself playing my D-18 most of the time. This brand new guitar sounds as good or better than my 1969 Hummingbird. I prefer Gibson necks, but the tone of this D-18 just blows me away.
    This is a plain guitar. But there is no crime in that, it does its job, and does it well. Better bridge pins would be nice...
    I can find no flaw, the workmanship is first class. The intonation is spot-on.
    I don't know how you could possibly get more value for your money. And a D-18 will always hold value. You can spend alot more for a different model Martin, but to my ears, you won't get better sound. I have been playing Martins since 1972. I used to think that rosewood was king, but mahogany has a sound all its own. I also own rosewood and maple guitars. I like them all, but dollar for dollar, a D-18 can't be beat.

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    Martin D 18

    Bought this guitar today. I am a beginner now for a year. Wanted to upgrade to something nice that would make me pick it up and play more often. Wanted a guitar with...Read complete review

    Bought this guitar today. I am a beginner now for a year. Wanted to upgrade to something nice that would make me pick it up and play more often. Wanted a guitar with more bling until I played the D 18 . I have short fat tip fingers and this baby is easy to play.Forget the fancy guitars with bling, play this one and all that is over.This is one real classic guitar.

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    5.0

    I would by this product again and again.

    By Maryland75

    from Philadelphia, Pa.

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          Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I've owned my D18 for twenty years and would recommend this guitar to anyone. I also play a Martin OM-21 which I purchased 10years ago for a different feel and sound but my D18 will always be my main guitar. It only sounds better as it ages.

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          5.0

          just a perfect guitar

          By juuls71

          from ocean springs mississippi

          Pros

          • Flawless Build
          • Sound
          • value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Finger style
            • Lead riffs
            • Singer Song Writer
            • Strumming

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I have always owned rosewood and spruce guitars and wanted something different I love my Taylor 814ce but this Martin is just amazing.
            I've had this guitar for about 3 months now and can't put it down, my buddies I play with(hard core Taylor players) love this thing .
            I truly think every acoustic player needs a
            D-18 in their collection.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Martin D18

            By David Henderson

            from South Carolina

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            It's like having a porsche... there is no substitute.
            I"ve owned my 1967 Martin since 1974 and it has been with me everywhere, always the envy of every single person that's ever heard or played it. The tonal quality exceeds anything else out there. Mine is in excellent condition after being played and babied for so many years. It will be passed on to my daughter one day, and I'm sure she will pass it on to her children (if she ever has any).

            I've never considered buying another guitar (except a 12 string) but I'm thinking of getting one now. The value can only go up, and it's an heirloom that will be valued for lifetimes.
            If you appreciate great accoustic sound, you will never regret owning a Martin D18.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            How Sweet It Is

            By Jimmyjuju

            from Northeast

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar looks like plain vanilla ice cream, but it sounds like angels singing. I like beautiful guitars without too much bling, but I find myself playing my D-18 most of the time. This brand new guitar sounds as good or better than my 1969 Hummingbird. I prefer Gibson necks, but the tone of this D-18 just blows me away.
            This is a plain guitar. But there is no crime in that, it does its job, and does it well. Better bridge pins would be nice...
            I can find no flaw, the workmanship is first class. The intonation is spot-on.
            I don't know how you could possibly get more value for your money. And a D-18 will always hold value. You can spend alot more for a different model Martin, but to my ears, you won't get better sound. I have been playing Martins since 1972. I used to think that rosewood was king, but mahogany has a sound all its own. I also own rosewood and maple guitars. I like them all, but dollar for dollar, a D-18 can't be beat.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best Martin has to offer -- really!

            By Curly-ET4nS

            from New England

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            After playing this HUGE toned guitar for several years, I got rid of my rosewood Martins. They started sounding "brittle" by comparison. I know guitar players love the rosewood D-28, etc..but singers favor the mahogany D-18 because it's such a joy to sing over. The mahogany also records far easier and sounds 10x better through amplification. Buy your D-18 before mahogany becomes impossible to get.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gospelbluegrassboy

            By martinguitarfan

            from Glade Spring Virginia

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I purchased a D-18 Martin in the 70's, didn't really know what a treasure I was getting. I have owned many guitars since then but still have My d18 I call it Baby. Because of its great tone and playability I purchased a new one recently for my son. You can play almost any kind of music on a D-18. I think best over all guitar on market.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Martin D 18

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            Bought this guitar today. I am a beginner now for a year. Wanted to upgrade to something nice that would make me pick it up and play more often. Wanted a guitar with more bling until I played the D 18 . I have short fat tip fingers and this baby is easy to play.Forget the fancy guitars with bling, play this one and all that is over.This is one real classic guitar.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Leon-p4REl

            from Midwest

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I recently purchase the D-18 and am very pleased with the tone. It seems to carry it?s volume much more than my previous DM especially when recording. The DM, while a great guitar, seemed to have a weaker presence. The D-18 has excellent tone and volume both bright and bass tones. The feel is better than the DM also. The neck glides well and feels similar to my Gibson LP with it?s 50?s style neck. Even the horizontal spacing of the strings is similar to the LP and that is helpful going between the two. The action, unmodified is slightly less than 3mm off the 12th fret which makes playing barre cords a breeze and almost as good as some electrics. The finish has a nice mirror like shine. The one I purchase has a unique pattern in one part of the wood that is being termed ?hazelficte? by some. I can?t say if this helps tone, but it does make the top unique and not unpleasant to look at.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I have owned one since '73

            By guitarharleydude

            from Key Largo, FL

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I have a 1967 model, paid $375 for it. I was playing rock, got it to practice without an amp. liked it so much I started taking it on jobs with a clip-in pickup (demarzio I think). When I did any country/folk it was a natural. Loved its action, similar to my electric in ease of play. I started playing finger-picking style and the tone just jumps out, bright and clean. it doesn't have the lows and bass of my Ovation legend, but has better overall tone. it is pretty beat-up after years of gigs, but I wouldn't part with it.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bo Jangles

            By Bo Jangles

            from Portland Oregon

            Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I've owned this guitar for 15 years and enjoy it more everytime I play it. It is a workhorse for acoustic gigs and relaxing with friends. I own other high end Archtop and acoustic/electric guitars but this beats them all.

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