Martin D-18 1935 Natural

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $30,000$40,000

Along with its Rosewood counterpart, the D-28, the Martin D-18 stands as one of the true original dreadnoughts introduced by Martin in 1932. The D-18 made a switch from a 12-fret to a 14-fret instrument in 1934 and has stayed largely the same since, with just the occasional change in wood source or cosmetic detail. Since the D-18 uses Mahogany instead of Rosewood, it is thought to have a somewhat crisper sound with more definition the top-end. As with other Martin models, pre-WWII specimens are the most prized. 

Years of Production: 
1932 - present

Specific to this Era:  One-ply back binding with Rosewood (1932-1936), scalloped internal bracing (1932-1945), Ebony fingerboard and bridge (1932-1947), tortoiseshell pickguard (through 1966)

Body Style: Dreadnought 

Wood Composition:  Mahogany back and sides, Adirondack Spruce top, one-piece mahogany neck

Notable Players:  Elvis Presley, Doc Watson, Clarence White, Andy Griffith, David Crosby  

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