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Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar   

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It has all the craftsmanship and quality that has made Martin the leader in acoustic guitars for over a century. Solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahoga...Read More

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A guitar that celebrates vintage virtues.

It has all the craftsmanship and quality that has made Martin the leader in acoustic guitars for over a century. Solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck with modified V profile, ebony fretboard and bridge, rosewood headplate, and scalloped bracing. Beautifully handcrafted from top to bottom and appointed with a belly-drop style bridge, vintage butterbean tuners, and old-style rosette. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Construction: mahogany blocks/dovetail neck joint
  • Body size: dreadnought, 14-fret
  • Top: solid Sitka spruce
  • Rosette: Old style 18
  • Top bracing pattern: DOM forward-shifted
  • Top braces: scalloped 5/16"
  • Back material: solid genuine mahogany
  • Back purfling: style 18
  • Side material: solid genuine mahogany
  • Endpiece: tortoise color
  • Binding: tortoise color
  • Top inlay style: multiple, black/white
  • Neck material: solid mahogany
  • Neck shape: modified V
  • Nut material: white Corian
  • Headstock: solid, square, tapered
  • Headplate: solid East Indian rosewood/large old-style logo
  • Heelcap: solid black ebony
  • Fingerboard material: solid black ebony
  • Scale length: 25.4''
  • Clear frets: 14
  • Total frets: 20
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard position inlays: old-style 18, abalone
  • Finish back and sides: polished gloss/dark mahogany stain/dark filler
  • Top finish: polished gloss/aging toner
  • Neck finish: semi-gloss/dark mahogany stain/dark filler
  • Bridge: solid black ebony
  • Bridge style: vintage belly-drop in long saddle
  • Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' radius/white Micarta
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh nickel open-geared with butterbean knobs
  • Bridge and end pins: black with white dots
  • Pickguard: I-03 tortoise color/beveled and polished
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MartinD-18V Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

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You know what you want

I think if you're looking at the D-18V you probably already know what you want. Dry, woody Martin tone. This is not one of the more popular models... among the infamous...Read complete review

I think if you're looking at the D-18V you probably already know what you want. Dry, woody Martin tone. This is not one of the more popular models... among the infamous D-28's and all the lower-end series' you find on the rack at your local store. Personally, I researched the Martin lineup online until I found the guitar with everything I wanted. I prefer the sound of Mahogany over that of Rosewood, so that pretty much lead me to the 18 series. I believe this is hands-down the best guitar for people who like that mahogany tone. I haven't played the Golden Era 18, but I couldn't quite justify the difference in price for Adirondack Spruce. The D-18V has all the features you could expect from a high-end Martin.... forward-shifted scalloped bracing, very high quality spruce top, ebony appointments, bone saddle, butter bean tuners. What it doesn't have is a bunch of abalone pearloid whatever inlays around the top, fretboard, and headplate. To me the absence of all that extra stuff says, "The price of this guitar reflects the quality of materials and craftsmanship." And that makes me happy. I want to play it, not look at it.I chose this guitar over the standard D-18 because of the scalloped bracing, fuller sound, and generally better looks. I also chose the D-18V because I was buying two guitars at once (one for strumming and one for fingerstyle) and the 00-18V is a perfect match. I'm genuinely satisfied with my purchase and I look forward to years and years of enjoyment out of these guitars. The case that comes with this guitar is the nice gieb-style, which means it's not plastic. It's tolex-covered heavy plywood construction with an ultra plush interior. Very nice.Be assured, the first chord you strum on a D-18V will make you envy CF Martin, whoever he is. He knows how to make a guitar. You really get what you pay for in this world. If you take your guitar playing seriously, then save up and get a guitar that will mean something to you.

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Review of D-18V

I have owned Taylors, Larrivees, Seagulls, a Boucher Spruce Goose, own a Gibson Chet Atkins SST, and a Norman ST40 as my "beater" (all solid wood guitar with...Read complete review

I have owned Taylors, Larrivees, Seagulls, a Boucher Spruce Goose, own a Gibson Chet Atkins SST, and a Norman ST40 as my "beater" (all solid wood guitar with AMAZING tone for $500) along with my D-18V (and a Tele for electric).

I use LR. Baggs Anthem pick ups for the best plugged in tone EVER.

I have been playing professionally for 10 years. My ear has developed over the years and now I know why the older, more experienced players always favored Martins and why guitar builders everywhere try to emulate them.

They are the best. Period.
This guitar will not disappoint.
It is everything that you would expect from a high end Martin, and then a little something extra.
The forward shifted bracing really allows the sitka spruce top to sing. The tuners are attractive and rock solid.
I like the neck profile, whereas others may not like the vintage c-shape I find it to be comfortable.

I didn't buy this guitar for its looks, although it is attractive. I bought it for one thing. Tone.
And it delivers.

I was a regular at the guitar store that I purchased this beauty from, stopping in from time to time to spend time with "my girlfriend" until the day came that I made her my "wife" and took her home.

In terms of tone, it (IMO) blew away the D-18, the D28 and the HD28 (althouth those are fine guitars as well).

I will have to get the nut replaced. The slot for the 1st string compromises the ability to do "pull offs", as the string will come off of the fretboard.

Others may complain about the nut width, but I find it to play comfortablly.

The mahogany back and sides are beautiful yet pretty plain and project a warm yet refined sound that will allow you to use this guitar for both solo gigs and in a band context.

I used to be a rosewood guy, until I played this guitar.
The build quality is what you would expect. No corners are cut on this guitar.
The highest quality materials are used, and the craftmanship is second to none. The only thing I have a beef with is the 1st e string's slot in the nut. But that can be fixed.
Sure you could spend another grand or two for a small shop boutique guitar. I've played Collings, R. Taylors, Bougois, owned a Boucher, and although these are all beautiful and very amazing sounding guitars they don't have much (if anything) on this guitar.

I got this guitar on sale for $700 off the street price with the HSC so I feel like I robbed the place. Talk about value. They even took a Seagull I had in as a trade to knock the price down some more.

The case is very solid and will protect this investment for years to come.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Review of D-18V

By Chris Atkins

from Indy

Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

I have owned Taylors, Larrivees, Seagulls, a Boucher Spruce Goose, own a Gibson Chet Atkins SST, and a Norman ST40 as my "beater" (all solid wood guitar with AMAZING tone for $500) along with my D-18V (and a Tele for electric).

I use LR. Baggs Anthem pick ups for the best plugged in tone EVER.

I have been playing professionally for 10 years. My ear has developed over the years and now I know why the older, more experienced players always favored Martins and why guitar builders everywhere try to emulate them.

They are the best. Period.
This guitar will not disappoint.
It is everything that you would expect from a high end Martin, and then a little something extra.
The forward shifted bracing really allows the sitka spruce top to sing. The tuners are attractive and rock solid.
I like the neck profile, whereas others may not like the vintage c-shape I find it to be comfortable.

I didn't buy this guitar for its looks, although it is attractive. I bought it for one thing. Tone.
And it delivers.

I was a regular at the guitar store that I purchased this beauty from, stopping in from time to time to spend time with "my girlfriend" until the day came that I made her my "wife" and took her home.

In terms of tone, it (IMO) blew away the D-18, the D28 and the HD28 (althouth those are fine guitars as well).

I will have to get the nut replaced. The slot for the 1st string compromises the ability to do "pull offs", as the string will come off of the fretboard.

Others may complain about the nut width, but I find it to play comfortablly.

The mahogany back and sides are beautiful yet pretty plain and project a warm yet refined sound that will allow you to use this guitar for both solo gigs and in a band context.

I used to be a rosewood guy, until I played this guitar.
The build quality is what you would expect. No corners are cut on this guitar.
The highest quality materials are used, and the craftmanship is second to none. The only thing I have a beef with is the 1st e string's slot in the nut. But that can be fixed.
Sure you could spend another grand or two for a small shop boutique guitar. I've played Collings, R. Taylors, Bougois, owned a Boucher, and although these are all beautiful and very amazing sounding guitars they don't have much (if anything) on this guitar.

I got this guitar on sale for $700 off the street price with the HSC so I feel like I robbed the place. Talk about value. They even took a Seagull I had in as a trade to knock the price down some more.

The case is very solid and will protect this investment for years to come.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Legend Lives

By David Thrower

from the South

Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

I have a HD28 and was looking for a different sounding dreadnought. The "sound" of mahogany vs rosewood body along with old style top bracing on this one make it a great alternative choice. The modified V neck takes a little getting used to if you are happy with the low profile on an HD28 but the adjustment is worth the effort. This thing has a remarkable consonance of harmonics when strummed and the overall volume is incredible! Any player would be proud to pick this thing if their priority is superior tone and playability.
Not sure what else you'd need but considering the availability of features these days, this classic isn't overloaded. No built in pick up or cut away, no exotic woods or inlays, just a beautiful all around guitar. The subtlety of a standard form is missing nothing in the D18V. Appointments from the old days like open back tuners and an ebony fingerboard give a classic vibe to this industry standard music box. Although I could never hear a difference, the ebony is a nice upgrade over the rosewood fingerboard on a non "vintage" version as far as the neck feel. Despite vintage looks, it's really all about sound and this things sounds awesome!
I have owned several brands and had no quality issues with Martin Dreadnoughts. This may not be a boutique guitar but it's top notch fit and finish. It is flawless in appearance and function. The choice of materials is what you'd expect in an instrument of this caliber.
I bought a "used" model that looks and smells new. The price was adjusted to the point that I couldn't pass it up. It would be a good deal at the normal price....I stole the thing!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin D18-v

By ChuckL1956

from Sacramento

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Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

As stated the Martin D18-v offered the quality of construction and tone I was after at a price I could afford. I could have spent another $1000 dollars on a guitar from a boutique builder, but would not have ended up with a better playing or sounding guitar.
I own a number of Martin and other makers guitars that are in various body sizes and wood configurations. When beginning the search for a punchy bluegrass guitar I specificly had Mahogany and spruce or possibly an Adirondack and Mahogany combination in mind. I made several road trips to the bay area to play various new and used manufacturers instruments that included Martin, Taylor, Collings, Huss&Dalton, Bourgeois, Breedlove and Gibson. My goal was simple. The best tone for the money. Needless to say tone is subjective and there are other important factors to consider like the feel of the neck, playability and price. The Martin D18-v stood out for me as the most guitar for the money. What I mean by that is the quality of the construction, reputation, playability, tone and feel were there on every one of the half dozen guitars I played. I liked some better than others and in the end decided to try to save some money by purchasing a guitar though Musicians Friend. I couldn't be happier with the customer service at Musicians Friend and the instrument they sent me is awesome. It's a keeper!!!!!
Martin's build quality is still the industry standard. I have been to the factory twice and after you meet the people who make these guitars and see what goes into the process you understand why they have been the most successful builder for over 175 years.
Musicians Friend offers great prices and really friendly support staff. While it is a little bit of a risk buying a guitar you have not played the return and customer services available make it worth trying.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

beautiful and bright

By Global Citizen

from oregon

Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

I was looking for warmth, when strummed, even with a capo. I was hoping for pickups but was willing to forgo that for now. What I got was a beautiful guitar. It's well made, the mahogany smells greats, and I love the black lines to it. I strummed it and noticed a nice full tone but sadly, not as warm as I had hoped. It's warm to finger pick but the high stings really stand out. It's well balanced except for the brightness of top 2 strings. They overpower the mid and lows and I have to adjust my playing style. The bass is great on G and E chords but was you travel up the neck, it loses some of it's bass. Especially with a capo I am sad to say. For a $2400 guitar, the costumer gets to be picky. I wish I could say I loved the tone from the first chord, but I had to really study it and work to love it due to the brightness of the high strings. Perhaps as the strings get older, they won't be so bright. I'm hoping. The action is set a little high. I've gotten used to it now but am considering having it lowered. It's a very light acoustic. The Gibson songwriter was much heavier. I also own a Martin DX1 that is heavier as well. The ebony fretboard is fantastic. The pearl inlay dots look good too. I know this is a quality made instrument, and it does sound good. What bothers me at times is the brightness of it and the unbalanced high end strings. There is bass and mid as in all good Martin guitars, and good sustain. It was not exactly the warmth I had hoped for from Mahogany, and the action was set a little high by almost any standard. You would think that for a guitar this price, they would get the action down a bit. But it looks so good, that I'm trying hard to make it be the perfect guitar I was hoping for. Be prepared for a fat neck that may feel funny playing the first few days. I had to alter my style of playing a little to adjust to it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Timeless Classic

By Jeff Da Weasel

from Redondo Beach, CA

Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

It's the acoustic sound you've always wanted. The relative brightness of the mahogany back and sides is offset by the use of the forward-shifted scalloped bracing. The result is a loud (but not boomy), articulate (but not thin), amazing overall instrument for flatpicking or fingerpicking. The finest instrument I've ever owned by a mile. If you got the chops and the cash, get it now and have it be your go-to acoustic for the next 40 years.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You know what you want

By Texan-PCUR4

from the South

Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

I think if you're looking at the D-18V you probably already know what you want. Dry, woody Martin tone. This is not one of the more popular models... among the infamous D-28's and all the lower-end series' you find on the rack at your local store. Personally, I researched the Martin lineup online until I found the guitar with everything I wanted. I prefer the sound of Mahogany over that of Rosewood, so that pretty much lead me to the 18 series. I believe this is hands-down the best guitar for people who like that mahogany tone. I haven't played the Golden Era 18, but I couldn't quite justify the difference in price for Adirondack Spruce. The D-18V has all the features you could expect from a high-end Martin.... forward-shifted scalloped bracing, very high quality spruce top, ebony appointments, bone saddle, butter bean tuners. What it doesn't have is a bunch of abalone pearloid whatever inlays around the top, fretboard, and headplate. To me the absence of all that extra stuff says, "The price of this guitar reflects the quality of materials and craftsmanship." And that makes me happy. I want to play it, not look at it.I chose this guitar over the standard D-18 because of the scalloped bracing, fuller sound, and generally better looks. I also chose the D-18V because I was buying two guitars at once (one for strumming and one for fingerstyle) and the 00-18V is a perfect match. I'm genuinely satisfied with my purchase and I look forward to years and years of enjoyment out of these guitars. The case that comes with this guitar is the nice gieb-style, which means it's not plastic. It's tolex-covered heavy plywood construction with an ultra plush interior. Very nice.Be assured, the first chord you strum on a D-18V will make you envy CF Martin, whoever he is. He knows how to make a guitar. You really get what you pay for in this world. If you take your guitar playing seriously, then save up and get a guitar that will mean something to you.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly incredible guitar

By P-mit-JVJpW

from Carmel, NY

Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

This Martin, in my opinion has the most astounding tone to come out of an acoustic. It sounds like it was crafted from the hands of god. If you like loud, warm acoustic tone. this is for you. The first time i picked this thing up I was just blown away. I searched at least 6 different stores and played several d 18s. The best thing though, is it will only rise in value and in quality of sound the longer you own it.

 
5.0

i only need 2 acoustics.

By cyberpunk

from chicago

Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

i only have 2 acoustics in my collection and they more than cover any sound i will ever need to produce. i'm not in a folk/bluegrass or whatever band... but for song writing, and for plaining dylan style music, in my opinion you only need 2 guitars. a d-18v and j-45. the j-45 just fits in your hands like a tele, it's just there and easy to play. it booms nice and well for heavy strumming. but like the other reviewers say, the 18v just SINGS and RINGS. really pleasant sounds when you just strum it and let it resonate and listen to all those harmonics and overtones. a real treat to your ears. i'd definitely recommend either of these guitars over anything out there higher or lower priced. you won't regret it. if you're a collector and are going for looks, well then yes, a clapton custom model or something will probably be a better conversation starter... but i wouldn't trade my 2 for anything! period.

 
5.0

A true Martin all the way!

By Martin man

from North Carolina

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Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

I wanted a Martin D-18 but I also wanted the bass sound of a D-28 or D-35. I read all the vintage appointments of this Martin D-18V and decided to give it a try. When it came to my house I saw the most beautiful instrument I have ever seen. The top has a "aged" look and the vintage pickguard, fretboard, shiny mahogany back & sides, and butter bean tuning knobs make it have a stage presence you will not find anywhere! Period! It rings and rings with so much clarity and projection. The treble sound is lound and the bass is right there with it, all the way. You don't need an amp with this baby! It cuts through the mix of our bluegrass band with ease! MF has the customer service needed to make it happen with their friendly support and prompt service. Buy this D-18V and consider it an investment for life!

 
5.0

My First Martin

By VanMan

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Martin D-18V Acoustic Guitar:

When I decided to buy a new Acoustic Guitar, I knew I wanted a Martin, but which model? After a couple of hours trying out all the models at my local shop, I went with the Martin D-18 vintage. I love the sound and the deep tones that this box produces. The V-neck felt good in my hand and the vintage models produce a tone much different from the standard models. The D18V is a great guitar for the $$.

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