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6-string Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Ebony Fingerboard, and Hardshell Case - Natural
Item ID: D18Authentic

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An Historic Martin

The Martin D-18 Authentic 1937 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is a flatpicker's delight, and an instant collectable. Martin left no stone unturned, exhaustively researching original pre-WWII D18s to nail the specs, materials and construction methods used in this historic recreation. You get an Adirondack spruce top with sculpted Adirondack bracing, a Delmar Tortoise pickguard (beveled beneath the finish), "Old Style 18" fingerboard inlays, black Boltaron bindings, a black ebony fingerboard and bridge, fossilized ivory nut and saddle, ebony bridge pins, and a vintage-style hardshell case. All that vintage goodness results in a highly-playable - and incredible-sounding axe. If you're in the market for a truly special collectible, the Martin D-18 Authentic 1937 is it.

Martin D-18 Authentic 1937 Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Authentic Pre-WWII D-18 mojo
  • A superb recording instrument
  • The CF Martin legacy
Authentic Pre-WWII D-18 mojo

Martin pulled out all the stops with the Martin D-18 Authentic 1937, exhaustively researching the pre-war specifications, materials, and processes used in the construction of the original. This luscious hand-built acoustic guitar is inspired by a classic 1937 D-18 and incorporates the use of hide glue as well as a steel T-bar truss rod and a full neck profile. Other features include an Adirondack spruce top with circa-1937 sculpted Adirondack bracing, a Delmar Tortoise pickguard that's beveled under the finish, "Old Style 18" fingerboard inlays, black Boltaron bindings, a black ebony fingerboard and bridge, fossilized ivory nut and saddle, ebony bridge pins, and a vintage-style hardshell case.

A superb recording instrument

When it comes to recording flat-picked acoustic guitars, professional recording engineers prefer instruments with a mahogany back and sides, rather than rosewood. If that surprises you, understand that it has to do with the preponderance of low end inherent in rosewood-bodied guitars (that must dealt with) - versus the perfection with which a properly-recorded mahogany-bodied acoustic sits within a track. The Martin D-18 is the granddaddy of all mahogany dreadnoughts. It plays nice with its mix mates, being the ideal choice for tracking in a thick mix - yet sounding rich and full-bodied on its own. If you're a flat-picker who records, you pretty much have to have a D-18. And if your taste leans toward the vintage, the Martin D-18 Authentic 1937 may well be the ultimate D-18.

The CF Martin legacy

What hasn't been said about the CF Martin company? Martin - a name virtually synonymous with the acoustic guitar - took root in the United States in 1833 with a little shop in lower Manhattan. Five years later, Christian Frederick Martin moved his business and family to the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, where Martin's been located ever since. From the Dreadnought body shape to the 14-fret neck, Martin innovations parallelled (and indeed, drove) the development of the the acoustic guitar itself. When you play any Martin guitar, you're holding a piece of music history. When you play a Martin D-18 Authentic 1937, you've got the real deal in your hands.

Martin D-18 Authentic 1937 Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Historic recreation of a legendary pre-WWII Martin D-18
  • Incorporates the specifications, materials, and processes used in the construction of the original
  • A superb recording instrument
  • Amazing playability
  • A truly special collectible
  • Vintage-style hardshell case included
The Martin D-18 Authentic 1937 is a collector's delight!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number D18 Authentic

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See also: Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars