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Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is a traditional-style dreadnought that features a rosewood fingerboard and bridge with black binding and...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gospelbluegrassboy

    By TD

    from Virginia

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    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.

    (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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    How Sweet It Is

    By Jimmyjuju

    from Northeast

    See all my reviews

    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best Martin has to offer -- really!

    By curly

    from Denver

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Leon-p4REl

    from Midwest

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I have owned one since '73

    By guitarharleydude

    from Key Largo, FL

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An all-time classic

    By Peter S Hickey

    from Tempe, AZ

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    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is one of the classic Martins. To those who know acoustic guitars, that's all that needs to be said. The D-18 is to acoustic dreadnoughts what the Telecaster is to solid-body electrics, the primal and purest form of the instrument. I've played everything from square dance music to acoustic punk on my 1970 D-18 and it has been perfect in every situation. My other good acoustic is a Taylor 712ce and, as much as I love my Taylor, if I could only own one acoustic, it would be my D-18. If something happened to this guitar, I'd be in mourning for the rest of my life. Many might prefer the rosewood Martins but I favor the drier sound of the D-18. You will love this guitar when you buy it and you will love it even more in 25 years after it matures. Look at some of the artists who play it: Gordon Lightfoot; Neil Young; Glen Campbell. If you can afford a D-18, by all means buy one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A LEGEND

    By Strat Lover-gwGqE

    from USA

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    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    2007 Martin D-18, one of the best acoustic guitars ever made...period. There's a reason that so many famous guitar players own at least two or three of these. Don't take my word for it, go play one!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bo Jangles

    By Bo Jangles

    from Portland Oregon

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin D-18 Standard

    By Spanky-xb6a0

    from Kansas

    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Having played for over 40 years, I have found the D-18 Standard to be a reliable workhorse. It's not a fancy guitar, but sounds better than guitars that sell for twice the price. I love the bright, clean sound of mahogany! Rosewood has a mellow tone, which is fine if that's what you want. I like twang and volume! For Country, Bluegrass, Rock-a-billy, or Classic Rock, you just can't beat this guitar!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best deal I ever got

    By Slaptop

    from Home, WA

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    Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought my D-18 in 78, was built in 74 and contrary to some people mahogany does mature over time. It sounded great when I bought it and sounds even better now. Unless you are a wood snob more concerned about species and resale prices instead of a player that wants sound quality by all means pay more for something else, but if you are a player buy this model for a lifetime of pure playing pleasure that only gets better as the years go by. I wouldn't trade mine for two of anything else.

    (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.

     
    5.0

    I would by this product again and again.

    By Maryland75

    from Philadelphia, Pa.

    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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      • No
       
      5.0

      Quality Entry to higher end Guitars

      By theusc

      from Lexington, SC

      Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I own 3: a 1945, a 1976 - 12 and a 1988. This is the best "1st step" into higher end guitars. Martin quality and sound is outstanding. D-18's are priced for an excellent value.

       
      5.0

      Excellent

      By freddy-MzyI1

      from NC

      Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Excellent guitar, with good mids and highs, and good, but not overwhelming bass.

       
      5.0

      D18 Owner

      By WV Wildcat

      from Morgantown, WV

      Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Easier playing than my old 1976 model. Sound damn near as good.

       
      5.0

      My favorite acoustic guitar

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      My dad has this guitar and lets me play it once in a while. I cherish these moments. I just love the guitar. The neck is set up just right for me, it stays in tune forever and the sound is heavenly. However, there are other great guitars for the money so try as many as possible in the price range without thinking about brand name. I would recommend Larrivee acoustics also. I've heard that Taylors are more comfortable to play but they don't have the sound of a Martin. happy pickin.

       
      4.0

      Recommended

      By Randy-rLa7G

      from Sarasota

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Nice moderate bass and clear treble. Great balance and easy fret action, including barre chords. This is a great guitar!

       
      4.0

      I had a D-18. Good guitar

      By ILikeMartinsToo

      from Maryland

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      My D-18 was bought new in '73, and I liked it a lot. It was stolen in '76. It had crystal clear tone and good bass, but the neck was a bit thick for me. I thought my friend's D-28 V-back sounded and played better. There is a difference in these guitars. Mahogany is a bit stiffer than rosewood. I noticed the D-28 felt like better quality in my hands. It just had an overall better feel. Just my opinion.

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