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Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Classic dreadnought body with slightly stiffer solid Adirondack spruce (red spruce) top, permit scalloped 5/16" Golden Era bracing shifted closer to ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Superlative punch and huge volume!

Classic dreadnought body with slightly stiffer solid Adirondack spruce (red spruce) top, permit scalloped 5/16" Golden Era bracing shifted closer to the soundhole for free vibration and huge volume. Solid genuine mahogany back and sides give it punch and clarity, assisting the powerful mids and highs. Mahogany blocks with a dovetail neck joint. V-shaped neck for long-playing comfort features a fossil ivory nut and solid ebony fingerboard. Looks are enhanced by Old Style 18 abalone fretboard inlays, Waverly nickel tuners with butterbean knobs, polished gloss finish, Brazilian rosewood headplate with large Golden Era-style logo, and black binding.

FEATURES
Classic dreadnought body
Solid Adirondack spruce top
Scalloped 5/16" Golden Era bracing
Solid genuine mahogany back and sides
Mahogany blocks with dovetail neck joint
V-shaped solid mahogany neck
Fossil ivory nut and saddle
Solid ebony fingerboard and bridge
Old Style 18 abalone fretboard inlays
Waverly nickel tuners with butterbean knobs
Polished gloss finish
Brazilian rosewood headplate
Large Golden Era-style logo
Black binding
25-2/5" scale
1-3/4" nut width
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MartinGolden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 19 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My GE sounds remarkably similar to a 1930's D18

By Orison Rollins

from Maine

Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Buy one. You won't regret it!
This model has been my "dream guitar" for a long time. I play bluegrass and this particular model is designed for this genre. It is probably the closest many of us will ever get to owning a "real deal" 30's D-18, which costs thousands and thousands more. I bought mine used, but barely played. Many folks can't get used to the contour of the neck, which is also 1 3/4 at the nut. My hands are only average sized and it is quite comfortable for me to play. I think It is also a very attractive guitar. Not ornamental by any means, but taking a look at that adirondack top, simple 18 style appointments, brazilian rosewood headstock veneer, and small abalone fret dots, you can see the expertise and total quality Martin has put into this wonderful guitar. I've been playing guitar for 35 years, and one of the reasons this guitar has been my dream guitar is due to it's amazing sound. It's one of the finest I've ever played! Mine floored me from the first song I played. My thoughts are; it is not only the handsomest guitar I've ever played, but also the oldest sounding. Unbelieveable depth, tone and volume. The harder you play, the higher the volume, without that distortion you hear on other guitars. If you invest in one you'll not regret it. Thank you Martin for such a glorious guitar!
First class guitar. Only the highest quality materials has gone into this D-18. Even cloth strpis are used to help secure the adirondack scalloped bracing in the top! It is also the lightest guitar that I've ever handled.
The only thing I would change is to put ivory or at least bone bridge pins on this fine guitar. I know Martin, like all other companies try to give the consumer the best "bang for the buck", but I am searching for a high quality set of ivory bridge pins to match the fossil ivory nut and saddle... It will only enhance that amazing sound this guitar is producing now. It's still a 10 in my book! I never plan on letting mine go.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the Best

By Gibby

from Mn

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Simply the best. I have played hundreds of guitars over the years and in my stable I have a Taylor 816ce, Taylor 12 fret custom, 1940's Gibson J45, Martin HD35, HD28 and the D18GE is simply the best. It's light, loud, the best projection. What Sets this apart from all my other guitars and ones I have played is it requires little effort to get a great sound. The top is so lightly braced that with nice light fingerpicking you get great tone and you can stomp on it hard and with the adi top it does not compress or get muddy. I can finally say I found my dream guitar. The V neck is not for everyone so make sure you can handle it. Finally done looking for that perfect guitar. FYI, the finish is prone to checking and this has been an issue with Martin from 2007- current.
    Occurs around the bridge and fret board, mine did check but still it's outstanding.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    American Quality Lives

    By Dr. Dave-W-ZT8

    from Central Illinois

    Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    It's been said that Americans once made beautiful things. Things of unparalleled quality and imagination. I'm here to say no past tense required when talking about the Martin D-18 GE. As the owner of over thirty electric and acoustic guitars (not to mention all the ones that "got away") I can honestly say the D-18 GE may be the nicest guitar I own or have owned. This is a profoundly beautiful instrument, each detail more exquisite than the next, an aesthetic of simplicity and quiet elegance. There is love and pride in the design and construction. The "feel" of the instrument (weight, balance, neck profile) is extremely pleasing - though if you are not used to the "V" neck, it may take a little time to totally embrace it. Here's where it gets really interesting: the D-18 GE has a very credible bluegrass lead and rhythm voice, but this is no one-trick-pony. Finger style/Travis picking players will love the clear and round bass response, clarity and note separation. Strummers/singer-songwriters will love the overall balance and dynamic range and may prefer to string it with acoustic light gauge strings to make the tone more homogeneous (for me acoustic mediums are the ticket, but I crave that bluegrass voice). All players will appreciate how in tune the D-18 GE is and the smoothness of the Waverly tuners. The action is firm - neither stiff nor mushy - and rewards the player who has worked on his/her dynamic control; this instrument will shout or whisper. If you're serious about acquiring a professional quality acoustic dreadnaught guitar, then you owe it to yourself to at least play a Martin D-18 GE before you move on another guitar. It's an American beauty!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dreadnaught Perfection

    By Sunsplint

    from Seattle

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Bluegrass
    • Folk
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock
    • Songwriting

    Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is perhaps the greatest Dreadnaught I've ever played. I've never molded to a guitar so quickly in my life. It's the perfect blend of airy mids, strong bass and crisp trebles.

    The V neck is a pure joy to play. My fingers are relearning where to sit on the neck and my attack on leads is slightly different, but the response is amazing once you've adapted. There is this feeling that you get from the guitar that invites you and draws you into it. It is pulling the best out of you and demanding more. That's an amazing feeling...

    I bought mine used. I recommend that highly. Most folks that buy and return this high end guitars barely use them and most are in incredible condition. You save a bundle from that turnaround.

    If you have to buy new, you will never be disappointed with this guitar.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best guitar I've ever played

    By Steve_Day

    from Franklin, TN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Inspiring
    • Not Gaudy
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Finger picking
      • Great Songwriting Tool
      • Jamming
      • Loud Strumming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      You might think "I can get a guitar for cheaper that looks the same on paper" but let me tell you, this guitar is where it's at. It's the only guitar that I've ever bought where I have promised myself that I will never ever sell it, no matter what. I don't care if I'm starving in the streets and my house burns to the ground, I'm taking this guitar with me. At first glance, you might think it looks a bit simple. It's not flashy, but I appreciate that. The SOUND is what matters. The setup was great, right out of the shop. You can finger pick or strum loudy, so it's the best of both worlds there. I can't say enough good things about this guitar. There is not a single thing on it that I wish were different. That is a rarity. It's absolute perfection.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great guitar!

      By Lumberjack

      from Branson, Missouri

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          As the proud owner of several other high end guitars, I can honestly say that this is the best guitar investment I have ever made. The tone, sustain, and volume are just incredible with this guitar!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          STOPPED MY SEARCHING

          By Wildwood

          from Southwest Missouri

          Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I have owned a number of higher end guitars over the years including several Martins, Gibsons and Santa Cruz. Since I bought my D18GE about 8 years ago, I still enjoy playing other guitars, but it seems that I always use my GE as the one to compare all the others to. It took me a while to get used to the sunburst finish on mine, but now it seems kinda neet too.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          d-18Golden Era Martin

          By don morrell

          from Tennessee

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I like the tone and playabilty of the d18ge. I have three other martins and this is byfar the best one of the ten guitars I own. Great looks sounds great feels great but I do not like the black pins I think martin could
          do better on this.
          plays great
          Great tone ,
          well built
          Great buy for this guitar.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best All Around Acoustic

          By Billy Cubby

          from Denver

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I have owned several Martins, Gibsons and a Santa Cruz. The D-18GE is the best. Loud, loud, loud with a flat pick. But also great for finger style. A pleasure to look at and a pleasure to play.
          Simplicity of form and function. Beautiful sunburst top. Nice Brazillian rosewood head stock.
          Just keeps on tickin'. Never had any issues. Always stays in tune.
          Given the tone, quality of workmanship, and playability the guitar is a great value

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Is this the one?

          By Jim B

          from The Jersey Shore

          Comments about Martin Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          Is this the one I've been searching for for 25+ years? I think it is. By far the best acoustic guitar I've ever owned and I've owned other high end instruments ie: Martin D-41. Everything about it is perfect. The wide nut and loud volume. I have a very heavy hand and this thing rings. This might not be as technical a review as others but I will tell you this. I'm always looking for the next guitar. Not anymore.

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