Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS - Vintage Gloss

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Solid Adirondack Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Vintage Tone System Aging - Vintage Gloss
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Legendary Martin Guitar Tone!

Not just any other D-18, the Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS acoustic guitar is made the old-school way using hide glue and period-correct specifications. This guitar has that classic rich tone, thanks to their new VTS aging system, and big projection that's perfect for stage and studio. We've spent a lot of time with acoustic guitars at Sweetwater, and this guitar delivers the iconic Martin sound by the bucket full. Its solid Adirondack spruce top and mahogany back and sides provide the foundation for stunning sound, and the Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS acoustic guitar will only sound better as it ages.

Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Woods aged to perfection with Martin's VTS
  • Historically accurate re-creation
  • Part of modern music's history
Woods aged to perfection with Martin's VTS

Tone connoisseurs are always in search of the perfect guitar tone, and in the acoustic world one of the most-loved tones is that of a vintage Martin. We're talking guitar that have aged well over 50 years. Martin Guitars recently perfected a unique way of torrefying the top woods and braces of their guitars to achieve the sound of an aged and broken-in Martin. The Vintage Tone System (VTS) lets Martin age the woods to a specific age/time period without the typical change in color of the wood from the torrefaction process. A special Vintage Gloss Finish is the hand applied to give the guitar the coloring of a vintage instrument. Martin's VTS series guitars not only look like vintage guitars, they also have that sought-after sound.

Historically accurate re-creation

Martin started designing the D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS acoustic guitar by taking a 1939 D-18 from their museum to the Smithsonian Institute so they could perform a CAT scan to examine and catalog every detail of this amazing instrument. From the premium tonewoods to the spot-on detailing to the historically accurate bracing and hide-glue construction, the Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS is as perfect as it gets.

The choice of session guitarists for decades

The Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS's "just right" tonality is just as useful in your studio as it is on stage. Just ask any recording engineer that's been in the business for a couple decades: the D-18 has an uncanny ability to set itself into any mix nicely, with a minimum of processing. Sure, that jumbo-body rosewood guitar looks great, but you'll be rolling off low frequencies and carefully adjusting compressors to prevent it from getting too boomy or indistinct in the final mix. Just grab your Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS, point your favorite small-diaphragm condenser mic at the 12th fret, and you've got a sound that practically mixes itself.

Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • An iconic piece of Martin guitar history, with a focused tone that sits well with a wide variety of instruments
  • Vintage Tone System (VTS) ages the woods to a specific age/time period
  • Solid Adirondack spruce top for amazing projection and great note definition
  • Solid mahogany back and sides for a well-balanced tonal range
  • Focused low frequency response that sounds tight, never boomy
  • Hardshell case included

Choose the Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS acoustic guitar for classic tone with remarkable craftsmanship!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Genuine Mahogany
Body Bracing X Scalloped
Binding Tortoise
Neck Wood Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape Authentic 1939 Barrel and Heel
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Old Style 18, 1939 (Abalone)
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Waverly Nickel 4060 with Butterbean Knobs
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D18AUTHENTIC1939VTS

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