Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Adirondack Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Ebony Fingerboard - Natural
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Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 - Natural
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Vintage Style and Performance

The Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 acoustic guitar is faithfully reproduced with hide-glue construction, a dovetail neck joint, and an Adirondack spruce top. Martin's Vintage Tone System (VTS) adds to the authenticity of this guitar's tone and appearance. Speaking of tone, the 00-18 Authentic 1931's Adirondack spruce top imbues it with an incredible ceiling for volume. Strum your heart out - it won't distort. Mahogany back and sides add warmth and liveliness to the Authentic 1931's tone, bathing it in exquisite harmonic overtones. An Authentic 1931-shaped neck is topped with an easy-to-play ebony fingerboard. Nearly impossible to overplay, the Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 acoustic guitar is a flatpicker's dream come true!

Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Carefully selected tonewood combination for phenomenal tone
  • Vintage Tone System (VTS) for aged appearance and tonality
  • Play a Martin and own a piece of music history
Carefully selected tonewood combination for phenomenal tone

The Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 is built from highly prized tonewoods. Full of warmth and liveliness, you'll love the bright, responsive sound of this guitar's genuine mahogany back and sides. On top of that, the 00-18 Authentic 1931 is topped with solid Adirondack spruce, adding crisp and clear overtones to an already exquisite tone. Widely used on pre-war and vintage instruments, the clarity of Adirondack is unrivaled. At Sweetwater, we were believers after the first strum!

Vintage Tone System (VTS) for aged appearance and tonality

Martin's unique torrifaction process, called Vintage Tone System (VTS), allows their guitar builders to age the tops and bracing of their instruments to specific time periods, bringing out the character that an instrument from that year would likely possess. On top of that, Martin's Vintage Gloss Finish (which is applied by hand) also adds the warm glow appearance that you'd expect from a vintage acoustic guitar. In short, Martin's VTS provides you with the historic tones and visual aesthetics that were previously reserved for vintage instruments.

Play a Martin and own a piece of music history

You've heard the sweet sound of a Martin acoustic guitar more times than you probably realize. That's because it's a classic. From top recording studios to the biggest stages worldwide, Martin guitars are an industry standard. Since C.F. Martin set up his first shop in this country in 1833, guitarists who value tone and craftsmanship have sought out Martin guitars. So when you pick up your Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931, you're holding more than a guitar - you've got a legend in your hands.

Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • 6-string acoustic-electric guitar with authentic vintage construction
  • Adirondack spruce top delivers crisp and clear overtones
  • Warmth and liveliness derived from mahogany back and sides
  • Authentic 1931-shaped neck is topped with a comfortable ebony fingerboard
  • Vintage Tone System (VTS) for aged appearance and tonality
The 00-18 Authentic 1931 acoustic guitar delivers authentic vintage style and performance!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape 00-12 Fret
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Vintage Gloss
Top Wood Adirondack Spruce with VTS
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing X-brace
Binding Madagascar Rosewood
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Authentic 1931
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 24.9"
Tuning Machines Golden Age relic brass side mount
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Ebony/Bone
Nut Width 1.875"
Strings Recommended: SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Light (MSP7100)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 100018AUTHENTIC1931VTS

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