2007 Martin D-18V Sitka Spruce and Mahogany ID-9263
2007 Martin D-18V Sitka Spruce and Mahogany
The Martin D-18 is famous for it's dry, woody sound. Built with Mahogany back and sides and a spruce top, it was famously easy to record and many years after it's introduction would become the quintessential guitar for flatpickers such as Doc Watson and even Clarence White. Even though Clarence made a D-28 famous, he is known for recording with the D-18, as it offered a more direct and balanced tone long before the days of EQ and "fixing it in the mix." Point a good D-18 into a microphone at the right spot and your done!
This particular D-18 has a Sitka Spruce top, which replaced the Adirondack tops of the pre-war guitars. Adirondack was nearly non-existent after the war, since it was used for just about everything due to its strength and rigidity. Sitka Spruce, however, was very plentiful and as it turns out, a very nice tonewood in it's own right!
Sitka Spruce isn't as stiff as Adirondack and has a lower stiffness-to-weight ratio. A positive side-effect of this more flexible soundboard is that it doesn't take near as much strength to produce tone. A player with a lighter attack or even fingerstyle players will find Sitka Spruce much more suited to their playing style.
This Martin D-18 features a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, 14-fret mahogany neck, 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, 1 11/16" nut width, 25.4" scale, tortoise style pickguard, w-b-w-b top purfling, rosewood peghead overlay, tortoise style body binding and nickel open-gear tuners with ebony buttons and an LR Baggs iBeam pickup system.
The LR Baggs iBeam Active System lets you add an award-winning bridge-plate transducer with a built-in Class A FET-based preamplifier to your acoustic guitar. The transducer mounts directly underneath the bridge plate of your instrument, and the preamplifier output jack mounts into your endpin hole, so there's no visual alteration to your guitar. A "plug-in-and-play" design adds unrivaled ease of use to the iBeam Active System. Once it's installed, all you have to do is plug in and the iBeam Active System turns on.
This 2007 Martin D-18V Sitka Spruce and Mahogany SKU-9263 in good condition with some wear consistent for an instrument from this period. It has had a professional PLEK. We have attempted to capture most of the wear in the detailed photos. It includes a hardshell case.
- Serial: 1241939
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25.4"
- Year: 2007
- Bracing: Scalloped bracing, Forward shifted X-brace
- Inlays: Dot
- Rosette: Rings
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony
- Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Pearl Dots
- Tuners: Martin Open Gear Tuners
- Purfling: B/W/B/W
- Body Binding: Tortoise
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Headstock Shape: Solid Square Taper
- Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Martin Foil Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: V shaped neck profile
- Pickup(s): LR Baggs iBeam
- Case: Hardshell Case Included