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Feb 3rd, 2017 05:21 AM        

I used to be a Boutique snob but have come to the realization of just how damn good Martin guitars are. I raise my glass! To Martin!!

reverend mikey

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N of I-90, E of I-29

"Everywhere I look, I see guitars..."
Feb 3rd, 2017 10:41 AM        

I just bought a mint 2012 D-18 Standard (the updated version) and it is an amazing guitar. It quickly became my #2, in front of my 2015 D-35/50 Standard which I bought new.<br /> <br /> I'm fine with the neck profile on this one - sometimes V necks hurt my hand, but I haven't played all of Martin's V's... the rest of the guitar is just gorgeous in it's simplicity with it's toner top and tortoise body binding and old style headstock logo. <br /> <br /> And the sound... oh my... so woody and punchy and good volume, and it's just a few years old! As I said, it's #2; the only guitar in front of it is my hog 25 year old Larrivee OM - that guitar has matured to have a rich tone all across the strings that I haven't heard in too many guitars I've played in person.<br /> <br /> I'm already thinking about my "next Martin," either an M-36 (0000 size with a 3-piece rosewood back) or a custom 0000 with a hog body and the D-18's appointments and an identical D-18 neck profile (with 1 3/4" nut). Drool...


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Home of the Goodyear blimp
Feb 3rd, 2017 02:51 PM        

Rev , I m with you . I had my heart set on a D18GE . I had a 2010 D18 that I just wasnt happy with. I decided before I spent 3k on the GE I needed to at least try the new D18 .I did and I decided to purchase it instead of the GE. It has great projection and tone . Much better than the old straight braced D18s . Its a beautiful guitar to boot. Love the neck too.


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Feb 3rd, 2017 04:19 PM        

not a dread but I go back and forth between a 000-18GE (V neck) and a plain ole 00-15 (1 11/16 roundish neck) with zero problems. both play like butta.


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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Feb 3rd, 2017 05:41 PM        

Speaking of D-18s: I've been very fortunate to have owned some nice acoustics in recent years. The best for me was a 2005 D-18GE. The shop I bought it from, Buffalo Bros (God I miss that place), had 6 of them in stock. I got my pick of the litter. 3 of the 6 I could have bought. The one I went with was truly special. <br /> <br /> I stupidly sold it about 3 years ago. I was having some shoulder issues and convinced myself to go with a 000 or OM sized acoustic. Of all the guitars I've bought and sold that D-18GE is the only one that still haunts me. Fortunately I lucked into a great Gibson Advanced Jumbo a couple of years ago at a going out of business sale (Guitar Trader, God, I miss that place). <br /> <br /> There's just nothing like a good forward shifted scalloped braced dread.

Chris Greene

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Idaho, USA

I need a drink and a quick decision
Feb 3rd, 2017 06:49 PM        

The thing that makes me occasionally think of a D18 is listening to older recordings of Ron Block (AKUS) playing his. Damn, that thing has a great sound.


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San Francisco, CA

May 10th, 2017 11:17 AM        

As Beal likes to say, "You can't make up for lack of talent with bling, but I try anyway!"<br /> <br /> Me too.<br /> <br /> I LOVE bling! Every D-42 I've ever played (owned a '97 once) has been stellar to look at and I love the FSSB tone.<br /> <br /> In a perfect world I'd own a Pre War D-45 with block inlays. Right now I'm about $400K short of accomplishing that.<br /> <br /> 6

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