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Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

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The Martin Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a sleek, modern High Performance Neck for enhanced playability. It features a solid Sitka spruce top for w...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 09-27-2017

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Full dreadnought sound with solid tonewoods and a high performance neck for playing comfort.

The Martin Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a sleek, modern High Performance Neck for enhanced playability. It features a solid Sitka spruce top for well-balanced tone. The use of solid mahogany for the back and sides further adds to this dreadnought's precise, clear treble and a warm, moderate bass. This one is made to last a lifetime and is perfect for both the intermediate and advanced player. 


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Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world. 

FEATURES
  • Powerful dreadnought design
  • Great-sounding combination of solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides
  • Modified low oval neck profile with high performance taper
  • Smooth black ebony fingerboard
  • Bone nut and compensated saddle for improved sustain and intonation
  • Includes case

Invest in an acoustic that'll bring years of pleasure and music to your life. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model: D-18
  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Style 18
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped, Forward Shifted
  • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
  • Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Back Purfling: Style 18
  • Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Endpiece: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: Tortoise Color
  • Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: none
  • Neck Material: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
  • Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil
  • Heelcap: Tortoise Color
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18
  • Fingerboard Binding: none
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Drop-In Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
  • Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge & End Pins: Black
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case: 445 Hardshell
  • Interior Label: none
  • Electronics: Optional
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MartinStandard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Consistent (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply astounded

I purchased this work of art in April 2013. Honestly, I did not expect to be writing a review this soon as it takes a good guitar like a Martin 1-2 years,...Read complete review

I purchased this work of art in April 2013. Honestly, I did not expect to be writing a review this soon as it takes a good guitar like a Martin 1-2 years, at least, to really begin to open up. I have an aged D-16 and MMV which I jam and gig with to get both the Mahogany and Rosewood sounds when I need them, and love them both.
This instrument is really remarkable, especially when I consider the price I paid. It has opened up beautifully and has a rich resounding, yet exquisite and delicate sound.
I am stunned that there are not more reviews out there, this is not a bargain, but an outright steal in this price range. Martin has come up with a gem that not only has the best of all worlds in terms of sound but is an absolute joy to play. No matter what your style everyone who has touched this has remarked on the incredible sound and playability. I cannot even imagine what this will sound like in a couple more years. If you can go for it while Martin is still making them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a loud guitar.

I have been playing this Guitar since the first of November 2016. It has opened up nicely , but it is a quiet guitar for a dreadnaught. The construction was perfect, played right...Read complete review

I have been playing this Guitar since the first of November 2016. It has opened up nicely , but it is a quiet guitar for a dreadnaught. The construction was perfect, played right out of the box with no set up.

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BLOWN AWAY!

By truthseeker

from virginai

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Quality
  • Rich Sound
  • Soundplayability
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Ordered this instrument on Sun arrived on Thur, and I've been smiling ever since! Played a gig on Sunday, and performed flawlessly! I've never spent so much money on a guitar that I hadn't played or listened to! Such is my trust in Martin! Iknow they redid some bracing for this model last year, but whatever they did, they did it right! Unrivaled for sound and playability!The best acoustic I have ever held in my hands!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply perfect

    By Martin man2000

    from Miami, Fl.

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I just love the D18. In own 2. A 2009 and 2012. The all new model is outstanding in looks sound and playability. Loud! Great projection. I did lower the bass side just a tad for my liking but that's it. This guitar shines playing folk music (Neil Young Jimmy Buffet and Bob Dylan) I guess all martins do but I just love the mahogany. I gig my 09 more than my 03 D35. My 2012 D18 is for studio only. Better buy than the D28. You won't regret it. Buy it!

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply astounded

      By JayW

      from NY

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Far Too Many To List Here
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I purchased this work of art in April 2013. Honestly, I did not expect to be writing a review this soon as it takes a good guitar like a Martin 1-2 years, at least, to really begin to open up. I have an aged D-16 and MMV which I jam and gig with to get both the Mahogany and Rosewood sounds when I need them, and love them both.
        This instrument is really remarkable, especially when I consider the price I paid. It has opened up beautifully and has a rich resounding, yet exquisite and delicate sound.
        I am stunned that there are not more reviews out there, this is not a bargain, but an outright steal in this price range. Martin has come up with a gem that not only has the best of all worlds in terms of sound but is an absolute joy to play. No matter what your style everyone who has touched this has remarked on the incredible sound and playability. I cannot even imagine what this will sound like in a couple more years. If you can go for it while Martin is still making them.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Snoopy

        from North Carolina

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          This is my 5th Martin. I have from a D18 up to a 000-28 Clapton. As with all the others, the tone is everything you expect from higher end Martins. The redesign of the D18 with the scalloped bracing and the foward shifting of it has made a big difference in the sustain of the guitar. The set up is to me is perfect right out of the box. The neck was changed also and feels really good.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Guitar

          By Jimmy J

          from Way Up North

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          Pros

          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

          • Thin Neck

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I have a 2011 and a 2014 D-18. The newer guitar has the design changes that were made in 2012. These include an ebony fretboard and bridge, tortoiseshell pick guard and body binding, open butter bean tuners, forward shifted scalloped braces, and a 1 3/4" modified low oval neck with a high performance taper. I consider all of these changes to be good ones, with the exception of the new neck shape. I like the wider nut, but the neck just feels too shallow for my hand, causing fatigue and muscle cramps. Many people like this neck, as everyone has different sized hands. I would highly recommend playing one before purchase.

          The sound makes it all worth it. I love the sound of my straight-braced older D-18, but the new one has a sparkle and shimmer that is wonderful. It is very light weight and resonant, with a good bass response. This is a lot of guitar for the price, and I don't really think that you can find a much better sounding model no matter how much you pay. But play both a straight braced older D-18 and a new one before you decide. I also like rosewood guitars, but this guitar takes a back seat to no one... .

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          a customer service dream

          By DKB

          from Alexandria Virginia

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune
          • The Guitar To Own

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jack Of All Trades
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            The centerpiece of any collection or guitar players tool box. Best all around guitar made today. Every professional musician in the buisness has respect for this instrument. It is to the music world what the Winchester Lever action rifel was to the US. Calvery. The voice the playability, it does everything, the musician is capable of preforming. Makes you a better player. "The right tool for the Job. My undying gratitude to Toni Hover for going above and beyond the call of duty (as usual) in securing this purchase for me. She "IS" customer service; Musicians friend is, lucky to have you, on their team.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            One of the Best Guitars I've Ever Played.

            By Glenn

            from Alabama

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I've owned two Martin D-28s over the years and this D-18 sounds richer and less muddy and is much better for fingerpicking. The complexity of tone that you can get out of this guitar is absolutely stunning. I have a Gibson J-45 too and this guitar is about equal to it. They are both amazing guitars in pretty much every way - looks, sound, details, playability, etc.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Top Shelf in every way!

              By Jim Jake

              from SW Wisconsin

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Hey, It's a Martin!
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

              • I can't be playing it every waking moment.

              Best Uses

              • Calming my restless heart.

              Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I tried everything in the Martin line at a music store. The D-18 was the one. Oh yes, I tried everything else I could get my hands on in the same price range, but this had what I wanted. I went back to the store and it was gone. I took the leap of faith and bought one at Musician's Friend. I had always thought that I needed to play something before spending the cash. Very happy with my purchase. This one hadn't been handled by a hundred people at the store either. I think it's safe to buy a quality brand name guitar online now.

              (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not Loud for a Dreadnought guitar!

              By SSK

              from Houston, Texas

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Flat Sound

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              For a dreadnought this guitar did not have much base tone. Could not pick through the guitar as sound was just not strong enough. Well constructed guitar though with a great neck and fretboard.

               
              5.0

              Wow!

              By BuddyBama

              from Alabama

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I played one of the new D-18's today and was throughly surprised at the excellent playability,sound.
                I could not put it down playing it for an hour in the music store. The new neck profile is excellent. The set up was spot on. I got pretty aggressive with my pick and the guitars sound just astounded me. I own many expensive vintage Martins and Gibsons and really don't need another guitar,but I'm going to splurge for this D-18. I'm wondering to myself...if it sounds this good brand spanking new, how magnificent will it sound as it opens up more with a few years of joyful playing. One thing I've learned about buying a guitar. If you have a high quality instrument,your playing ablity will be magnified and you'll enjoy playing more. This new D-18 has an great feeling neck making it easy to fret. The action was perfect. Most times one has to lower the action on a brand new guitar to make it fret easier. The guitar is lightweight and very comfortable. As I played the guitar I realized that people int the music store started to peek in the acoustic guitar room to get a better listen. When I played the guitar it wowed me and everyone in the store. The price for a guitar of this high quality is worth every cent. Martin is the best for several reasons; quality materials,high quality craftmanship which results in a extremely high caliber and amazing sounding acoustic guitar.

                 
                3.0

                Not a loud guitar.

                By Lonny

                from Wisconsin

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                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    I have been playing this Guitar since the first of November 2016. It has opened up nicely , but it is a quiet guitar for a dreadnaught. The construction was perfect, played right out of the box with no set up.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    My second Martin D18.

                    By Mr. Wonderful

                    from Murfreesboro, TN

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Outstanding quality.
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Sitting at home making music.

                      Comments about Martin Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      My Dad was given a pre-war Martin D18 when he returned from WWII and started playing in a band with a local celebrity. The deal was, he had to play to work-off the cost of the guitar. Neither of them knew what was to become of this. As it turned out he got the guitar and kept it until a few years ago when he gave it to me. It needed a lot of work, but was still solid. I had it restored. And a few months ago I traded a few of my "low end" guitars and some cash for a new Martin D18....and let me tell you it sounds just as perfect.

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