Product Ref: 46370
The Martin 000-18 is crafted from a range of carefully selected tonewoods including, a sitka spruce top, and mahogany back and sides. The spruce top will deliver a wide, very usable, dynamic tonal palette. The wood itself is quite elastic in nature, which resonates well whilst remaining strong, and provides a focused, clear sound of deep lows, warm midi-range, and bright singing highs. The spruce-top is balanced out well by the mahogany back and sides, producing a rich tone, with emphasised warmth in the mid and low ranges. Mahogany also contains distinct character of soft warmth, but is well balanced, with a bite of its own. Mahogany is used a lot in the acoustic world, because it is relatively economical, durable, attractive, easy to work with, and resonant.
The select hardwood neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard that provides a bright attack, great sustain, and excellent durability. The select hardwood neck is sleek, modern, and high performance for enhanced playability. Martin have modified the way they craft their guitar necks, it has a low oval profile, with performing artist taper, and 16" string spacing for a easy playability. The Martin 000-18 neck is finished in satin for a comfortable play.
The Martin 000-18 features a curved auditorium body, which produces a big, crystal clear tone. The auditorium shape provides a comfortable playing experience due to its smaller waist. The shape has great tonal balance, which provides a great all-rounded tone perfectly suited for recording, writing, and performing purposes. The Martin auditorium body will project well-defined mid, low, and treble notes, perfectly suited to many playing techniques and genres.
The Martin 000-18 has an X bracing pattern which is scalloped, which prevents your guitar from collapsing under tension. Bracing is very important when it comes to your guitar's durability, it reinforces a guitar's top and back. Scalloped bracing stops your guitar from collapsing under string tension and shapes the guitar's sound. Standard X scalloped bracing allows the top to vibrate more freely yet remains incredibly stable.
The Martin 000-18 is finished with distinctive vintage-inspired design. The 000-18 offers many features found in the pre-war era guitars to provide you with a vintage look and modernised tone and playability. The Martin Auditorium body is edged with tortoise binding, and is complemented by its tortoise pickguard and polished finish. Featuring an old style 18 multi-stripe rosette, and matching old style 18 fingerboard dot markers inlaid in abalone. Martin's design expertise provides you with a beautiful classic-vintage acoustic aesthetic.
For 183 years, Martin have been at the forefront of guitar innovation and premier craftsmanship, bringing consumers some of the best acoustic guitars possible. The iconic Martin tone has become an important characteristic that sets Martin guitars aside from others within the acoustic world. Martin's manufacturing processes have been perfected by their Plek machines, the Pleking process helps Martin guitars maintain their undeniable tone.
The Plek Pro has been developed for use in guitar production factories as a tool that not only does precise fingerboard dressing, but also helps with quality control. The computer controlled device scans and dresses the guitar under actual playing conditions, strung and tuned to pitch for using precise string tension emulation. This machine has been a major break through over the last decade, as its eye for detail identifies exactly what needs to be done for perfect fretwork. The Plek Pro delivers perfect results, raises the quality of the instrument, and gives you a beautifully toned, easy to play acoustic guitar.
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.