Martin Guitars Authentic 1939 D-18 – VTS
The Real McCoy
Attention, acoustic guitar-loving Wildwoodians! We have a truly delectable morsel for you to feast your eyes upon today: the Authentic Series 1939 D-18 by Martin Guitars.
Of course, the "Authentic" in the name doesn't just refer to the guitar's stunning looks: it also sounds like its ninety years old thanks to a combination of old-world manufacturing techniques, premium tonewoods, and state-of-the-art science that allows them to emulate the sonic characteristics of the fabled Martins of yore.
Martin puts these delightful D-18s together with hot hide-glue, a protein-based adhesive that provides the strongest possible connection between the two pieces. They also hand-scallop each and every brace! This process is time-consuming, and it requires painstaking attention to detail, but it's worth it, because it lends their Authentic series guitars Golden-Era levels of resonance and sustain.
They only use the hide glue on good pieces of wood, too! These awesome Authentic D-18s come equipped with solid Adirondack spruce tops and bracing and stellar solid mahogany backs and sides, a classic tonewood combination that never fails to impress everyone within earshot. Adirondack spruce has more headroom and dynamic range than the more-common Sitka variety, and it also has a sweeter, woodier overall tonality. When you combine this stellar spruce tone with the warmth and roundness of the mahogany back and sides, the sound is the stuff of our wildest, most feverish acoustic dreams!
After selecting the choicest cuts of wood, the masterminds at Martin age the top using their patented Vintage Tone System, or VTS. THe VTS is a sophisticated thermochemical process that is similar to torrefaction but more involved. Basically, torrefaction works like this: you put the wood in an oxygen-free chamber under atmospheric pressure, and heat it. This sucks the moisture out of the wood and causes various biopolymers like cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, which makes the wood more solid and stable.
Martin's Vintage Tone Process takes the torrefaction process one step further. The acoustic wizards of Nazareth, Pennsylvania studied the chemical composition of various iconic Martins from the past, then figured out how to reverse-engineer modern wood to mirror that classic wood chemistry by using the torrefaction process I mentioned above. So, if you put the Adirondack spruce top on this 1939 Authentic Series D-18 under a microscope, it looks almost identical to the pre-war dreadnought that inspired it!
The VTS system and D-18s go together like Lennon and McCarty! Drier wood equals a warmer, clearer sound with a more focused frequency response, so there's less flub and fat and more muscle, so to speak. When you give the already-clear, sonorous voice of the Adirondack top this vintage treatment, it makes a D-18 sound like the dreadnought of your dreams: open, warm, clear, and woody, with a ridiculously wide dynamic range of expression.
We are proud to present such an unprecedented instrument to our exceptional customers, and we invite you to experience the magic of the prewar Martin sound by taking one of these Authentic acoustics for a spin!
|Model||Authentic Series 1939 D-18|
|Top Wood||Solid VTS-Aged Adirondack Spruce|
|Top Finish||Vintage Gloss|
|Bracing Pattern||Authentic 1939 Rearward Shifted X Brace|
|Brace Material||Hand-Scalloped 5/16" Adirondack Spruce w/VTS|
|Back & Sides Wood||Solid Mahogany|
|Back & Sides Finish||Aged Vintage Gloss|
|Neck Wood||Solid Genuine Mahogany|
|Neck Finish||Vintage Gloss|
|Neck Joint||Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction|
|Neck Shape||Authentic 1939 w/Standard Taper|
|Neck Dimensions||.860 1st - .990 9th|
|Bridge String Spacing||2-1/8"|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Abalone Dots|
|Tuners||Aged Open-Gear w/Butterbean Knobs|
|Bridge||Authentic Ebony Belly w/Glue-In Long Saddle|
|Case||Black Hardshell Case|
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