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Thread #104470   Message #3479872
Posted By: Backwoodsman
15-Feb-13 - 03:58 AM
Thread Name: Tech: D18 Martin / D18 golden era martin
Subject: RE: Tech: D18 Martin / D18 golden era martin
The 'new' 2012 version of the standard D-18 is a superb upgrade and a fine instrument. Grade 5/6 Sitka top, F/S scalloped bracing, 1-3/4" MLO neck (far nicer than the way-too-skinny-for-me 1-11/16" LP that's on the 'old' D-18), ebony F/B and bridge, Gotoh open-back Butterbean tuners (shame they didn't go with Waverlys - I've upgraded mine myself), Delmar 'tortoiseshell' pick-guard, 'tortoise' binding, heelcap and end-piece.

It's an absolute cannon, and my go-to guitar lately (over my HD-28V, OM-28 Marquis and Lowden O-25).

The D-18V has been discontinued because many of its features are now replicated in the D-18.