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Beautiful shape, exquisite sound
Crafted in a beautiful auditorium shape, the 000-18 produces the most magnificent sound that is enriched with stunning clarity, rich lows, and glistening highs. This wonderful guitar body is highly desired for its balanced, all-rounded tone that makes it superbly versatile. Its definition across the whole frequency spectrum makes it well suited for writing, recording, and performing purposes as well as a range of techniques and genres. Such an adaptable, full-bodied sound also makes the 000-18 the perfect instrument to take with you on the road, as it will meet every demand of busy touring life.
For a tone that has power and warmth, there is no better wood than mahogany. Showcased on the back and sides, mahogany encompasses punchy sonic attributes that team well with its gorgeous tonal resonance brought by emphasis of midrange frequencies. It grows tighter and more focused as it matures, meaning your guitar will only get more beautiful with age. And it begs the colourful overtones that the glorious spruce top provides. Spruce offers a versatile and balanced sound that lends itself to a range of playing styles, whilst its broad dynamic range ensures you always make an impact. Prepare for glistening articulation and immerse yourself in a truly magical playing experience.
Smooth, flawless fretting
Practice for hours and hours on the sleek select hardwood neck. It has been fashioned in a modern, high performance shape that enhances playability. Featuring a low oval profile, performing artist taper, and 16" string spacing, you will be able to play with sublime comfort. And attached on top is a stunning ebony fretboard. Not only does it look striking, but it also brings a wealth of characteristics that will enhance your playing experience even more. Ebony's naturally high oil content gives it a smooth and fast finish, lending itself to quick and immaculate fretting techniques. Its high level of durability also means it can handle the frequent attack of your fingertips without wearing away. Whether it’s a simple guitar practice session at home or a sold-out gig with an awestruck crowd, the ebony fretboard promises to thrive and deliver.
Ebony also provides some truly exciting sonic capabilities. It is an extremely responsive tonewood that offers a beautifully bright sound, making it a gorgeous accompaniment to rosewood and spruce. Project your music with purpose and brilliant volume, ebony's snappy and crisp attack ensures that every single note cuts through the mix astonishingly well, leaving nothing unheard. This exquisite sound produced by a high-quality tonewood is exactly what acoustic players look for.
In order to deliver an exceptional, clear tone and sustain a comfortable playing experience, it is important to have a sturdy and durable structure. The 000-18 provides the utmost stability from the inside. Within the spruce and mahogany body there is scalloped X-bracing which offers robustness and resonance. The scalloped shape of the bracing means parts have been scooped out, allowing the spruce top to vibrate freely and this results in a more dynamic sound that retains structural reliability. Scalloped bracing is an enticing feature, particularly on Martin guitars as it takes us back to their "Golden Era" when all their steel-string guitars featured this sturdy and resonant brace shape. Such instruments are still held with such high regard now, and so you can trust that the 000-18 has been constructed with history, experience, and an abundance of knowledge behind it.
The benefits of such an innovative brace do not stop there. An X-bracing pattern offers an exceptionally sturdy structure that accommodates high-tension steel strings. Tune up and play without worrying about any potential guitar body tragedies, X-bracing is strong enough to withstand any amount of pressure.
Sublime, vintage-inspired design
The Martin 000-18 is finished with a gorgeous pre-war era aesthetic by including features such as tortoise binding and pickguard, an old style 18 multi-stripe rosette, and matching old style 18 fingerboard dot markers. These subtle details combine this guitar's modernised tone and playability with a classic-vintage look, resulting a sensational instrument.
Martin's world-renowned excellence
Living up to their reputation of pure innovation and superior craftmanship, Martin's manufacturing process ensures that every single aspect of the 000-18 is absolutely perfect in both sound, aesthetic, and playability. The Plek Pro, a computer controlled device used for precise fingerboard dressing and quality control, scans and dresses the guitar under actual playing conditions. It ensures that the fretwork is pristine and it raises the overall quality of the instrument, meaning you can be sure that you're investing in a guitar that has been crafted with premium materials, a wealth of expertise, and that iconic Martin tone.
Body & Bridge
- Model: 000-18
- Body Shape: Auditorium
- Top Material: Sitka Spruce
- Top Design Feature: Old Style 18 Multi-Stripe
- Brace Shape: X Brace Scalloped
- Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
- Back & Side Material: Genuine Mahogany
- Binding: Tortoise
- Nut Material: Bone
- Top Back & Side Finish: Gloss
- Top Colour: Aging Toner
- Bridge: Ebony
Neck & Fingerboard
- Neck Material: Select Hardwood
- Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint
- Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
- Fingerboard Material: Ebony
- Neck Joins Body At: 14th Fret
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Fingerboard Inlay Material: Abalone
- Fingerboard Inlay Style: Old Style 18
- Number of Frets: 20
- Tuning Machines: Nickel Open Gear
- Knob: Butterbean
- Pickguard: Tortoise Pattern
- Case: Ply Hardshell
Please note: Martin do not ship their guitars with the strap button installed on the bottom of the guitar. They do this to avoid any impact cracks that may occur during shipping. You can find your strap button inside the case compartment.