The Martin D-18 Authentic 1937 VTS acoustic guitar is part of the Authentic series, offering highly crafted all-massive instruments made in the same design and with the same manufacturing processes as the prized models from the 1930s, Martin's golden era.
The combination of an American Adirondack spruce soundboard with a back and sides made from genuine mahogany (the wood of the Swietenia family of trees - Honduran, American/Cuban or Mexican mahogany) gives the guitar a rich, clear tone with a balanced balance of tonal clarity and warmth. The soundboard has undergone a torefaction process and other modifications prior to assembly, which the manufacturer collectively refers to by the acronym VTS (Vintage Tone System). As a result of these processes, the wood takes on the unique sonic characteristics of mature woods that are fifty years old or older in a short period of time. The good acoustic properties of the guitar are accentuated by the Scalloped Forward Shifted X Brace.
A real mahogany neck, attached to the body at the fourteenth fret as standard, is joined by a twenty-fret ebony fingerboard. Orientation on its surface is facilitated by frontal pearl (Abalone) position markers and side dots made of imitation ivory. Precise tuning and good sustain are guaranteed by the string attachment through the saddle and the bone zero fret in the Waverly open nickel mechanics and ebony fingerboard.
The guitar's refined look is accentuated by the imitation tortoiseshell top binding, the back and headstock veneer in Madagascar rosewood, Butterbean tuning pegs and a handy imitation tortoiseshell pickguard that also protects the guitar's lacquer from scratches.
The guitar comes in a carrying case, making it instantly ready to be loaded into your car/van for long or short trips to pursue your musical dreams.
The American Martin company, founded in 1833, is quite deservedly one of the biggest and most respected names in stringed instruments. For decades, it has been one of the leading innovators in guitar design and manufacturing technology. However, to use only the past tense would be a great mistake; instruments with the Martin logo are still today among the guarantees of the highest quality in craftsmanship and sound. In addition, their current products use "eco-friendly" components made from renewable resources and composite materials.
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