Martin D-18E


A Faithful Re-creation of a Classic Martin

For their Retro series, Martin selected a handful of prime specimens from the Martin Museum and analyzed them, looking for ways they could be improved while retaining the essence of their vintage goodness. The result is a distinctly vintage-looking D-18 with a smooth-playing high-performance neck and superb Fishman F1 Aura Plus electronics. A dreadnought that plays like butter, projects like a cannon, and records beautifully — the ultimate D-18? For many of us Martin fanciers here at Sweetwater, the D-18E Retro is just that.

To the D-18's classic Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, Martin added a new, sleeker-profile neck with a Modified Low Oval profile and Performing Artist taper. Martin also tapped the talent of Larry Fishman — the legendary acoustic guitar pickup designer — to outfit the D-18E Retro with a Aura VT Enhance pickup system. So when you plug in your D-18E Retro, you get the unmistakable sonics of a golden-era D-18.

  • String Type:Steel
  • Number of Strings:6
  • Body Shape:Dreadnought
  • Left-/Right-handed:Right-handed
  • Color:Natural
  • Finish:Gloss
  • Top Wood:Spruce
  • Back & Sides Wood:Mahogany
  • Body Bracing:X Scalloped
  • Binding:Tortoise-colored
  • Neck Wood:Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape:Modified Low-Oval profile with Performing Artist taper
  • Fingerboard Material:Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlay:Old Style 18 green abalone
  • Number of Frets:20
  • Scale Length:25.4"
  • Tuning Machines:Nickel open-geared, with Butterbean Knobs
  • Bridge Material:Ebony
  • Nut/Saddle Material:Bone
  • Nut Width:1.75"
  • Electronics:Fishman Aura VT Enhance
  • Strings:Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge
  • Case Included:Hardshell Case
  • Body Length:20"
  • Body Width:15.62"
  • Body Depth:4.87"
  • Overall Length:40.5"

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