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Martin D-18 Modern Deluxe with Sitka spruce Vintage Tone System (VTS) & Ply Hardshell Case


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Martin D-18 Modern Deluxe with Sitka spruce Vintage Tone System (VTS)  & Ply Hardshell Case

The D-18 Modern Deluxe is a new take on Martin Vintage. This guitar is packed with custom features and modern technology that you have to see, feel, and hear for yourself. The vintage appointments include a Sitka spruce Vintage Tone System (VTS) top, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction that give it the rich, fully aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. The look is unlike anything in our production line to date with East Indian rosewood binding, stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and a unique 1930s style script logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. Some ultra-modern features include a titanium truss rod, Liquidmetal® bridge pins with red dots, and a composite carbon fiber bridgeplate that boosts volume without adding weight. And we’ve included a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. This guitar is anything but standard.


“There is nothing more important than the quality of the sound and tone of our instruments,” said CEO and Chairman Chris Martin IV. “This is why Martin Guitar has been utilizing machines for almost a decade on all of our instruments, to provide guitar players with unparalleled craftsmanship and playability.”

For 183 years, Martin Guitar has been at the forefront of guitar innovation, responsible guitar building practices and premier craftsmanship, bringing to its consumers the best acoustic guitars in the world.

Next to the iconic Martin tone known worldwide, playability is an important characteristic that sets apart the quality of our guitars. “For 183 years, the Martin Guitar Company has been manufacturing the world’s best acoustic guitars. The Martin tone is legendary and one that we do not take for granted. Playability does not start at the end of the process”, says Fred Greene V.P. Domestic Manufacturing. “The level of expert craftsmanship that goes into every instrument produced in our facilities is perfected through the use of the Plek® machines. Basically, it’s the cherry on top of the sundae.”

Martin Guitar has been Pleking their instruments for close to a decade and we believe this process helps maintain the undeniable Martin guitar sound that is recognizable worldwide. A Martin guitar with optimized playability enhances the tone of our guitars, as it prevents the strings from buzzing on the frets during playing and eliminates intonation problems that may occur due to inaccurate nut height. We want nothing to come between your playability and that iconic Martin tone. This remains our longstanding commitment to all guitar players worldwide.

What is Plek®?

The Plek® Pro has been developed for use in guitar production factories as a tool that not only does precise fret dressing, but also helps with quality control and R&D. This computer controlled device scans and dresses a guitar under actual playing conditions, strung and tuned to pitch or using precise string tension emulation. This is a major breakthrough since the Plek® Pro identifies precisely what needs to be done for perfect fretwork, executes this rapidly, and delivers perfect results on the instrument when strung.

The Plek® Pro speeds up the production process and raises the quality of instruments to an extremely high and consistent level.

You can learn more about the trademarked and registered Plek® process at

Specifications Overview

Body Size:    D-14 Fret
Finish Top:    Gloss
Construction:    Dovetail Neck Joint
Back & Side Finish:    Gloss
Bracing Pattern:    Forward-Shifted X-Brace
Scale Length:    25.4"
Brace Shape:    Scalloped
Fingerboard Width At Nut:    1 3/4''
Top Material:    Sitka Spruce with VTS
Neck Shape:    Vintage Deluxe
Back Material:    Genuine Mahogany
Neck Taper:    High-Performance Taper
Side Material:    Genuine Mahogany
Electronics:    Optional
Recommended Strings:
Electronics Options:

Fishman Gold Plus Natural I

Fishman Infinity Matrix

Fishman Presys Plus

Fishman Ellipse Matrix Blend

LR Baggs Anthem


Top Color:    Clear
Bridge Style:    Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
Binding:    East Indian Rosewood
Bridge String Spacing:    2 5/32"
Top Inlay Material:    Multi-Stripe
Bridge Material:    Ebony
Top Detail:    None
Bridge Pin Material:    Liquidmetal®
Pickguard:    Tortoise Pattern
Bridge Pin Dots:    Red Acrylic
Pickguard Inlay:    None
Saddle:    Compensated Bone
Rosette:    Old Style 18 Multi-Stripe
Saddle Radius:    16"

Brace Material:    Adirondack Spruce with VTS
Back & Sides Color:    Dark Mahogany
Brace Size:    5/16"
Back Detail:    None
Back Purfling/Strip:    Style 18
Back Inlay Material:    None
Heelcap:    East Indian Rosewood
Side Detail:    None
Endpiece:    East Indian Rosewood
Side Inlay Material:    None
Endpiece Inlay:    None

Neck Material:    Genuine Mahogany
Fingerboard Material:    Ebony
Finish Neck:    Satin
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:    2 1/8''
Neck Color:    Dark Mahogany
Fingerboard Inlay Style:    Old Style 18
Number of Frets Total:    20
Fingerboard Inlay Material:    Abalone
Neck Joins Body At:    14th Fret
Fingerboard Binding Material:    None
Side Dots:    Abalone

Headstock Shape:    Solid with Square Taper
Tuning Machines:    Gold Open Gear
Headplate Material:    East Indian Rosewood
Knob:    Butterbean
Headplate Logo Style:    Stylized Script Inlay
Nut Material:    Bone
Headplate Binding Material:    None

Case:    Ply Hardshell
Left Handed Availability:    Yes
Label:    None
Pleked:    Yes