Martin D-18 Modern Deluxe Guitar
The D-18 Modern Deluxe is a new take on Martin Vintage. This guitar is packed with custom features and modern technology that you have to see, feel, and hear for yourself. The vintage appointments include a Sitka spruce Vintage Tone System (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction that give it the rich, fully aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. The look is unlike anything in our production line to date with East Indian rosewood binding, stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and a unique 1930s style script logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include a titanium truss rod, Liquidmetal® bridge pins with red dots, and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume without adding weight. And we’ve included a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. This guitar is anything but standard.
A Vintage D-18 for the Modern Era
Loaded with custom features and modern tech, the Martin D-18 Modern Deluxe puts a new spin on the quintessential Martin mahogany dreadnought. The D-18 Modern Deluxe includes vintage appointments such as a Sitka spruce VTS (Vintage Tone System) top, dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction that deliver the rich, fully aged Martin sound that has inspired generations of guitarists and music lovers. The visuals — accented by East Indian rosewood binding, gold-colored frets, gold open-gear tuners, and a 1930s-style script logo — are unique in Martin production history. Modern features include a titanium truss rod, Liquidmetal bridge pins with red dots, and a carbon fiber bridge plate that boosts volume and sustain without adding weight. And you’ll love the new asymmetrical neck shape that gives you maximum comfort up and down the fingerboard.
Top wood aged to perfection with Martin’s VTS
Sweetwater’s 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. Martin Guitars perfected a unique way of torrefying the top woods and braces of their guitars to achieve the sound of an aged and played-in instrument. 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. Martin VTS guitars not only look and play like lovingly cared-for vintage guitars, they also have that sought-after sound.
The choice of session guitarists for decades
When it comes to recording flatpicked acoustic guitars, professional recording engineers tend to prefer instruments with mahogany backs and sides for tracking in thick arrangements. And the Martin D-18 — the granddaddy of mahogany dreadnoughts — has the uncanny ability to sit pretty in any mix, with a minimum of processing. Point your favorite small-diaphragm condenser mic at the 12th fret, and you’ve got a gorgeous-sounding acoustic guitar sound that practically mixes itself. It also sounds rich and full-bodied on its own. Whether solo or tracked, the Martin D-18 Modern Deluxe will do you proud.
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 acoustic guitar itself. When you play any Martin guitar, you’re holding a piece of music history. When you play a Martin D-18 Modern Deluxe, you’ve got the real deal in your hands.