Martin D18E Retro Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case

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Product Description

Featuring a sleek, modern High Performance Neck for enhanced playability, the Martin D18E Retro Acoustic Electric Guitar adds a Sitka spruce top to mahogany back and sides to create the perfect acoustic guitar for the intermediate and advanced player. Martin's Retro Acoustic Guitars are designed for anyone who appreciates the look and sound of vintage Martin guitars using newly designed modern playability enhancements with unprecedented onstage plugged-in performance.

Martin D18E Retro Acoustic Electric Guitar Features

  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Retro Martin Tone in collaboration with Fishman
  • Solid Genuine Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Modified Low Oval Profile with Performing Artist Taper
  • Solid Black Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge
  • 1930s Style Belly Bridge with Drop-In Saddle
  • Fishman F1 Aura Plus Electronics
  • Includes 445 Hardshell Case
Martin's exclusive Fishman F1 Aura+ electronics system is the perfect system for the Retro models. After the careful recording of microphonic images from each donor guitar, Fishman conditions the recordings utilizing their highly evolved Aura imaging technology. This modification software applies mathematical algorithms, forcing the amplified sound to replicate the body resonance and behave tonally like the donor guitar. With this technology, an exacting studio experience is achieved every time the guitar is plugged in.

In cooperation with Fishman, Chris Martin suggested a bold idea to somehow incorporate the legendary open tonality of time-aged vintage Martin models into new instruments. The challenge was to perfectly capture the mystique and tonal emotion of priceless, pristine, and well-aged vintage Martin guitars from the company's museum collection. The result was an incredible success.

Martin Retro Series Acoustic Guitars offer the most significant advancement in acoustic sound reinforcement to date by producing the most accurate and clear amplified tone offered on a grouping of vintage-inspired superb acoustic guitars.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  610-759-2837 Warranty:  Lifetime, original owner (excluding strings)1 year on Backpacker, Little Martins and Ukuleles

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Martin D18E Retro Acoustic Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Model: D-18E Retro
  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Style 18
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard 'X' Scalloped, Forward Shifted
  • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16 in.
  • Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Back Purfling: Old Style 18
  • Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
  • Endpiece: Tortoise Color
  • Binding: Tortoise Color
  • Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
  • Neck Material: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
  • Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Heelcap: Tortoise Color
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4 in.
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4 in.
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8 in.
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18 - Green Abalone
  • Finish Back and Sides: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss with Aging Toner ; Sunburst available at additional cost.
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly with Drop-In Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16 in.
  • Saddle: 16 in. Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared with Butterbean Knobs
  • Bridge and End Pins: Black with White Dots
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case: 445 Hardshell
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Aura Plus

Customer Reviews

Tom B. from IL, USA, Submitted: 7/31/2013
Product Rating
Well-made USA Martin
Product Rating
Your general opinion of this product.
This is a solid guitar that should stand up to years of playing.
Solid woods, well constructed. I've only had it for a few days, but it's a Martin, so you know it will stand the test of time.
Very playable out of the box. The guitar comes with medium gauge strings which I will switch out for light. Also, the action is a little high for my liking, but a setup will fix that. Barre chords are easy up and down the fretboard. Volume & tone controls are easily accessible on the side of the guitar.
It's a Martin. That's really the only way to describe it. Rich, full, Martin dreadnought tone! The Fishman Aura+ produces some great sounds plugged in.
Again, a little high for my taste, but still very playable.
I've only had it for a short time, but my kids and grandkids will inherit this guitar down the road!


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