Martin D-18 - Ambertone

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Hardwood Neck, and Ebony Fingerboard - Ambertone
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The Definitive Acoustic Guitar Tone

A bona fide piece of history, the classic Martin D-18 acoustic guitar will take you back to the days when acoustic guitars were king, and players depended upon rich tone and acoustic projection alone to convey their songs. Pick up Martin's absolutely amazing D-18 and you'll be captivated by its big, full tonality, its beautiful sonic detail, and its vintage-tinged looks. The D-18 gives you the classic Martin guitar experience, with a dreadnought body, a 14-fret design, and beautiful tonality to match its looks. Its solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides provide the foundation for a stunning sound. Ask your Sweetwater Sales Engineer - Martin D-18 acoustic guitars actually sound better as they age!

Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Martin guitars deliver that "just right" acoustic tone
  • Balanced tone sits great in any mix
  • The Martin D-18 is part of modern music's history
Martin guitars deliver that "just right" acoustic tone

Ask anyone who knows their bluegrass why the Martin D-18 has been a top choice for serious performers. It's because the D-18's iconic tone sits "just right", cutting through and holding its own without overbearing other instruments. Whether you're playing solo, or in a full bluegrass jam, your D-18's rich tone will always be heard without fighting with vocals, or covering up the low-end impact from the bass player.

Balanced tone sits great in any mix

The Martin D-18'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, point your favorite small-diaphragm condenser mic at the 12th fret, and you've got a sound that practically mixes itself.

The Martin D-18 is part of modern music's history

You've already heard the sweet sound of the Martin D-18 more times than you probably realize. That's because it was the choice guitar of legends such as Clarence White, Elvis Presley, and many more. Even Andy Griffith played one on The Andy Griffith Show. The Martin D-18 is a perfect example of an instrument that became iconic purely based on its tone and craftsmanship.

Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • An iconic piece of Martin guitar history, with a focused tone that sits well with a wide variety of instruments
  • Solid Sitka spruce top for amazing projection and great note definition
  • Mahogany back and sides for a well-balanced tonal range
  • Focused low frequency response that sounds tight, never boomy
Choose the Martin D-18 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 Ambertone
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Genuine Mahogany
Body Bracing Standard X-scalloped, Forward Shifted
Binding Tortoise Color
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Old Style 18
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Nickel Open-geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D18AMBERTONE

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D-18 Ambertone

The 'new' Martin D-18s, (2012 and later) have the 53' era specs... Lightly built, forward shifted scalloped bracing, graduated pearl dots, and the roomier 1 3/4" nut width. The Modified Low Oval neck profile, and Performing Artist taper makes it so much more comfortable! The D-18 in this beautiful 1933 Ambertone simply does it all. Strumming, fingerstyle, or flat picking!
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This is the guitar I was looking for

I had heard about Sweetwater from a friend and had looked many times on line at all the fine guitars they have to offer. I finally decided on another brand guitar and ordered it from my Sales Engineer Jimmy. I received the other guitar and it was everything it was supposed to be other then the fact it was not me. I kept it and tried to make myself love it and even let friends play it to try and convince myself it was OK and I was the problem. Finally I sent a email to Jimmy (who happened to be on a well deserved vacation) and got a call from Allen. Allen issued me a return number and I returned the other, perfectly fine and expensive guitar back and ordered the Martin D-18 Ambertone. When it arrived I opened the case, played a simple lick and knew I had finally got what I was looking for. I love the sound and playability. I am an intermediate player at best but the tone is better than I could have imagined. Within 36 hours I had installed a strap button and was taking it to a Jam. With Jimmy's help I had finally gotten what I was looking for. I play Bluegrass/Classic Country and would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for that sound. The team at Sweetwater went out of there way to assure I was happy, following up with emails and phone calls. Thank you to Jimmy and Allen and the entire Sweetwater org. I love this Martin D-18
Music background: Songwriter, Intermediate picker
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars