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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...Read More

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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. Includes case.

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

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SPECIFICATIONS

Standard Series D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

  • 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
 
5.0

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Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

Excellent Guitar

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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... .

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5.0

a customer service dream

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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.

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    5.0

    Simply astounded

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    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.

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      5.0

      Simply perfect

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      from Florida

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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!

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        5.0

        BLOWN AWAY!

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        from Front Royal, VA

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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!

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