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Tonal Evaluation

Imagine a cross between Luciano Pavarotti and a wooden cannon, and you'll get a rough idea of how this glorious Custom Shop D-18 sounds. Its mighty resonance comes thanks to its all-hide-glue construction, and its incredible headroom and vintage-style woodiness come courtesy of its VTS-aged Adirondack spruce top. Muscular, focused midrange sits atop the foundation created by the warm, clear, pillowy lows. So, this guitar cuts through a mix while sounding meaty--nice! The highs are also quite inviting: crisp and sweet like a Golden Delicious apple, and open and clear like the Colorado sky.

What makes this serial so spectacular is its incredible clarity. I have lots of "tester riffs" that I used to find each guitar's limits when it comes to reproducing complex chords. Usually, when you play a Cmaj7/E with a half-step dissonance in the middle of the chord, the guitar becomes muddy and things sound like a mess. On this serial, each note came through, pure and beautiful. Its clear, finely-sculpted EQ means it will record beautifully, and its midrange punching power makes it a great candidate for lead acoustic parts. Its clarity and muscle also make it great for strumming chords in a band or for solo accompaniment. Anyone seeking a monster Martin with a clear, sonorous voice will love this delectable D-18!


Brand Martin Guitars
ModelCustom Shop D-18
Body SizeD-14 Fret
Top FinishPolished Gloss
Adhesive Hide Glue
Neck Reinforcement Ebony Rod
Headstock Veneer Solid Brazilian Rosewood
Top WoodVTS Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides MaterialMahogany
Bracing Style5/16" Scalloped Golden-Era Adirondack
Neck MaterialMahogany
Neck Shape1931-Style OM Profile Hand-Shaped by the Custom Shop
Neck FinishSatin
Neck Dimensions.870 1st - .980 9th
Fingerboard InlayOld Style 18
Scale Length25.34"
Nut Width1 3/4"
Nut MaterialBone
BindingBlack Boltaron
RosetteOld Style 18
TunersWaverly Nickel #4060 With Nickel "Butterbean" Knobs
Bridge Spacing2 5/16"
BridgeEbony Belly
SaddleDrop-In Long Bone
Additional FeaturesStamp on back of headstock (Authentic Feature)
CaseBlack Hardshell Case

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