Martin D-18 1939 Authentic Series Acoustic Guitar – Great for Performance & Recording!

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Martin D-18 1939 Authentic Series Acoustic Guitar – Great for Performance & Recording!

$4,699.00

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Here's a Martin D-18 1939 Authentic Series Acoustic Guitar in Excellent Condition!  A great guitar for live or recording!

"Martin Authentics are constructed the old way - with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institute. Based on a 1939 D-18 in our museum, this guitar features genuine mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, using an authentic circa 1939 bracing pattern. Period-correct "18" Authentic-style appointments, with an Authentic neck barrel and heel, complete this piece. Martin’s new VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM® (VTS) is employed for the top and braces. The new Martin VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM® uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments."

 

Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:

  • Woods aged to perfection with Martin's VTS
  • Historically accurate re-creation
  • Part of modern music's history

Woods aged to perfection with Martin's VTS

Tone connoisseurs are always in search of the perfect guitar tone, and in the acoustic world one of the most-loved tones is that of a vintage Martin. We're talking guitar that have aged well over 50 years. Martin Guitars recently perfected a unique way of torrefying the top woods and braces of their guitars to achieve the sound of an aged and broken-in Martin. The Vintage Tone System (VTS) lets Martin age the woods to a specific age/time period without the typical change in color of the wood from the torrefaction process. A special Vintage Gloss Finish is the hand applied to give the guitar the coloring of a vintage instrument. Martin's VTS series guitars not only look like vintage guitars, they also have that sought-after sound.

Historically accurate re-creation

Martin started designing the D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS acoustic guitar by taking a 1939 D-18 from their museum to the Smithsonian Institute so they could perform a CAT scan to examine and catalog every detail of this amazing instrument. From the premium tonewoods to the spot-on detailing to the historically accurate bracing and hide-glue construction, the Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS is as perfect as it gets.

The choice of session guitarists for decades

The Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS's "just right" tonality is just as useful in your studio as it is on stage. Just ask any recording engineer that's been in the business for a couple decades: the D-18 has an uncanny ability to set itself into any mix nicely, with a minimum of processing. Sure, that jumbo-body rosewood guitar looks great, but you'll be rolling off low frequencies and carefully adjusting compressors to prevent it from getting too boomy or indistinct in the final mix. Just grab your Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS, point your favorite small-diaphragm condenser mic at the 12th fret, and you've got a sound that practically mixes itself.

Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 VTS Acoustic Guitar Features:

  • An iconic piece of Martin guitar history, with a focused tone that sits well with a wide variety of instruments
  • Vintage Tone System (VTS) ages the woods to a specific age/time period
  • Solid Adirondack spruce top for amazing projection and great note definition
  • Solid mahogany back and sides for a well-balanced tonal range
  • Focused low frequency response that sounds tight, never boomy
  • Hardshell case included

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