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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Martin D-18's and Ebony fingerboards????

Frus500

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May 30th, 2016 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi

I'm in the market for a Martin D-18. From what I find it seems like most of them have ebony fingerboards. Is this normal? Or is this something new? I thought they all had rosewood boards. I'm surprised with how hard it's been finding a D-18 with a rosewood board. Perhaps ebony is the new standard? Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks.

RufusTeleStrat

San Diego

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May 30th, 2016 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

as long as I remember all the D- series and higher end drednaughts from Martin have had Ebony. Some specialty and performer series have rosewood.
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Frus500

USA

May 30th, 2016 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Even ones from the 40's and 50's?

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May 30th, 2016 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The D-18 was redesigned in 2012 ... a few of the changes were scalloped braces, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and a tint on the sitka spruce top.

Basically, Martin took the old D-18 and combined it with another model (D-18V or something like that?) to come up with the new version.

Bottom line: the new version is very popular and has gotten rave reviews ... and I REALLY want one!

Frus500

USA

May 30th, 2016 09:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, but did the vintage d-18's have a rosewood or ebony board. I'm confused because their "golden era" series have ebony boards.

And even ones from before 2012 had ebony boards. I know they updated the standard model in 2012, but i think the ebony was there was awilw.

amphead4
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Jun 2nd, 2016 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 1997 D-18 Vintage Series (which would have been renamed D-18V sometime after 1997) has an ebony fingerboard. This implies the old ones were ebony. But I seem to remember seeing D-18's with rosewood so maybe there was a non-ebony era.

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Jun 2nd, 2016 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

D-18s had ebony fingerboards from their introduction in the early '30s until the late '40s, when they switched to rosewood.

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Jun 24th, 2016 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"D-18s had ebony fingerboards from their introduction in the early '30s until the late '40s, when they switched to rosewood..."

Yep, I think this is true.

BTW, the new (2012 and newer) D-18's also have prewar FSSB (Forward shifted scalloped bracing) that greatly enhances bass tone. They are wonderful instruments IF you can handle the neck.

I bought one in 2012 when they came out and found the neck to be uncomfortable to play, so I sold the guitar. Many love the neck, some like me don't. YMMV

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(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 02:17 PM, Jun 24th, 2016)

RufusTeleStrat

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Jun 25th, 2016 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you get the opportunity the players profile neck is much nicer than the traditional V neck for those who crave a smaller thinner playing neck.


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Jun 28th, 2016 04:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one and it took me a while to get used to the neck . That being said to me it it miles above the pre2012 ones. I had a 2010 model and didnt care for its lack of bass. The newer version is a great guitar.

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