The Martin D-18 Satin 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 Satin, and you'll be captivated by its rich tonality, beautiful sonic detail, and vintage-tinged looks. The D-18 Satin gives you the classic Martin guitar experience with a dreadnought body, a 14-fret design, and beautiful tonality to match its looks. Its solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides provide the foundation for stunning sound, and the Martin D-18 Satin acoustic guitar will only sound better as it ages.
While the mighty D-18 is most often seen sporting a high-gloss nitrocellulose finish, this particular dreadnought is finished in a smooth, sleek satin finish. The difference is mainly down to your own personal tastes and aesthetic affinities, but many acoustic guitar players believe that a satin finish can improve a guitar’s tone. By their very nature, satin finishes are almost always lighter than a full gloss, so the thinking goes that the less finish applied to an instrument, the more the wood is allowed to resonate. We’ll let you decide what to believe, but one strum of the Martin D-18 Satin certainly makes an impressive case for the sonic benefits of a satin finish!
Ask anyone who knows their bluegrass why the Martin D-18-style of acoustic guitar 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.
The Martin D-18's tonality is just as useful in your studio as onstage. Just ask any recording engineer who's been in the business for a couple decades: the D-18 style of guitar 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.
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.
Understated looks, timeless tone. The warm tone of mahogany and spruce couple with resonant scalloped bracing under the hood for a sound that's honest, authoritative, and clear. Vintage details include open-geared tuners and classic 18-style appointments pair with a modern, low profile neck for an old-soul sound. Available in full gloss, full satin with an aging toner top, or full satin with an amberburst top!
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Style||No Cutaway|
|Color||Natural Aging Toner|
|Back & Sides Wood||Solid Genuine Mahogany|
Standard X-scalloped, Forward Shifted
|Neck Wood||Select Hardwood|
Modified Low Oval
|Fingerboard Material||Solid Black Ebony|
Old Style 18
|Number of Frets||20 (total), 14 (clear)|
Nickel Open-geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
|Bridge Material||Solid Black Ebony|
|Bridge String Spacing||2 5/32"|
|Neck Taper||High Performance Taper|
|Strings||Lifespan 2.0 92/8 Phosphor Bronze, .013-.056|
|Case Included||Hardshell Case|
|Manufacturer Part Number||D18 SATIN NATURAL