Used Martin 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!
Condition ReportThis glorious Custom Shop D-18 shows some light play wear, but it's in excellent shape nonetheless. There is some extremely light fret wear, but the frets have a ton of life in them. There are some very light scratches and dings sprinkled around the finish, and there is some mild buckle rash on the back. Also, there is some lacquer disruption on the top and side of the bass-side lower bout where most players rest their arm. Finally, a previous owner installed a strap button. If you can look past these minor issues, you can score a truly inspired Martin Custom Shop creation at an unbelievable value. And, it comes with its original Martin hardshell case!
|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||Solid VTS Adirondack Spruce|
|Back & Sides Material||Solid 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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