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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. 


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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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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
  • 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
  • Includes hardshell case
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MartinGolden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 19 reviews)

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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)
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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

    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.

      (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

      See all my reviews

      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.

      (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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simple and perfect

          By GoldenEra

          from Virginia

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

          Obviously there is no perfect guitar for every possible style/player. With that said, I wanted a solid, non-flashy, ridiculously loud, resonant, mahogany/spruce guitar. I played every guitar for sale in three states until I found a 2007 ge. I haven't had the itch to look for a new guitar for two years now as the GE has ruined me for other dreads. (OM's and 00's are a different story!)

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Finest Guitar Ever

          By Charley-dCbcA

          from SC

          See all my reviews

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

          I have owned/played a lot of guitars. The Martin D-18 Golden Era is beyond perfection. Toss out all of the others, you will have no use for them after you have played this one.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Guitar

          By Strummer-C-J14

          from Alabama

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

          Well, I've been playing acoustic guitars for a long time and I've bought, sold, traded, owned, etc. probably 40+ nice guitars over the years. My Martin D-18 GE is simply the best guitar that I've ever owned, and I've owned several other nice Martins as well as guitars from Santa Cruz, Collings, Taylor.The D-18 GE is a powerhouse, a cannon of a guitar.It has a rich, balanced tone with amazing clarity and note separation. This guitar has a strong punchy bass response without being too "boomy".The trebles are rich and crystal clear and the midrange is very punchy and growly. I've always liked mahogany back and sides guitars better than rosewood for the strong, clear fundamental tone without being too lush sounding. To each his/her own, but I personally like mahogany better, and the Martin D-18 GE is the essence of a great mahogany dreadnaught. Another thing is that it seems that the D-18 GE is remarkably consistent as a model. I've played several GE's and they've all been phenomenal guitars. You just cannot go wrong with the Martin D-18 GE! Amazing guitars.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT

          By Blake

          from Tennessee

          About Me Professional Musician

          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 Golden Era 1934 D-18GE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            you know you hear lots of folks that like to say negative things about Martin Guitars, and i admit that they can actually be temperamental. But i have to whole heartedly agree with the accolades on this particular product. As a Bluegrass Musician, I tend to beat on a guitar, this little thing takes a world of abuse and rarely comes out of tune (Waverly open faced machined keys). And by the way, DROP the D and listen to the bass that comes out of that thing!!! i think this guitar is on its way to becoming a true Martin Classic!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            D-18 Golden Era Sings Like No Other

            By abstowe

            from saint charles, il

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This is my favorite guitar...period. Martin's D-18 GE produces a throaty, big sound that you can only get from this guitar. The adirondack top provides clear, bell like tones, and you can thumb pick this big dred just like a 000 or OM. I love it! Chris Martin still signs the inside of each top, too--I guess he know this is his best! Believe me, you won't be disappointed with this purchase. Worth every penny, and then some!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                All About the Tone

                By fix3890

                from Union City, CA

                See all my reviews

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

                Not a fancy guitar. Almost no decoration at all. With this one, it's all about tone. This is one of the most versatile acoustics around. It excels at flatpicked stuff, as you'd expect. It's sweet and loud and really stands out from all the rosewood dreadnaughts. But this one also works great for fingerstyle. It has a wide fingerboard and and a complex sound that's just wonderful. Disadvantages: the saddle is glued in, so it makes for fewer pickup choices. (not a big deal for most people) And it has plastic bridge pins. Come on, guys! But you need to play this thing. It's one of Martin's best and one of the best acoustics around.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Power and Tone

                By Toneman335

                from Delaware

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

                One of the best new acoustic guitars you can buy today. The combination of mahogany and Adirondack spruce create a guitar with power and a wide tonal sprectrum.

                 
                5.0

                Sweet Dawg!

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

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

                After you've played all the Taylors, Gibsons and other Martins, try a Golden Era model. These are just fantastic instruments, built like the old days.My D18-GE is the best sounding guitar I've played in over 30 years of playing. The neck is a bit tough to get used to. If you like the Mod-V neck, this guitar cannot be beat!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Martin Owner

                By Tim-ehqZA

                from Wisconsin

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

                Biggest guitar sound you've ever heard. I've been playing for 28 years so I'm use to lots of playing. Let me be honest. This guitar is hard to play. But after about a year of playing it your finger muscles get use to it and build up. The simple equation is this... Large strings and high action = Great tone and lots of volume. You can really spank this guitar and it answers back BIG. What a great investment!

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