Martin Guitars Custom Shop D-18
Tonal EvaluationImagine 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!
|Model||Custom Shop D-18|
|Body Size||D-14 Fret|
|Top Finish||Polished Gloss|
|Neck Reinforcement||Ebony Rod|
|Headstock Veneer||Solid Brazilian Rosewood|
|Top Wood||VTS Adirondack Spruce|
|Back & Sides Material||Mahogany|
|Bracing Style||5/16" Scalloped Golden-Era Adirondack|
|Neck Shape||1931-Style OM Profile Hand-Shaped by the Custom Shop|
|Neck Dimensions||.870 1st - .980 9th|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Old Style 18|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Rosette||Old Style 18|
|Tuners||Waverly Nickel #4060 With Nickel "Butterbean" Knobs|
|Bridge Spacing||2 5/16"|
|Saddle||Drop-In Long Bone|
|Additional Features||Stamp on back of headstock (Authentic Feature)|
|Case||Black Hardshell Case|
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