Martin 2002 D-18VS Adirondack/Mahogany Guitar #848334 - Used  From Martin

A Custom Shop Martin with vintage-style appointments inlcluding a slot headstock and a 1 7/8" nut width.

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What We Think

This is a special one. A custom Martin with an Adirondack top that has had nearly 18 years to age into its tone. This top over a Mahogany back and sides gives this guitar a sound that's warm, mellow and full. Though it's about as large as a standard Dreadnought, this guitar is really wonderful for fingerstyle playing, thanks to its wider 1 7/8" nut width. A few finish cracks can be seen in the top, but this guitar is otherwise structurally sound and just begging to be played. 

Manufacturer's Description from Martin

C.F MARTIN & CO. has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder.

The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line - the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line - which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better.

Martin guitars and Martin Strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies; on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere.  

 

Martin and Co.

About Manufacturer

For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world. The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C. F. Martin, Sr.?s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830s to recent developments introduced by C. F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is a feat bordering on the remarkable, reflecting six generations of dedication to the guitarmaker?s craft. In or out of the music industry, C. F. Martin has few rivals for sheer staying power. Throughout its colorful history, the company has adapted successfully to continual changes in product design, distribution systems, and manufacturing methods. In spite of the many changes, C. F. Martin has never veered away from its initial commitment to quality. The concern for producing the finest instruments possible in 1833 is especially evident today at Martin?s expanded facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The story behind one of America?s most famous guitars began on January 31, 1796, in Markneukirchen, Germany, with the birth of Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. Born into a long line of cabinet makers, Christian Frederick took up the family craft at the early age of 15, when he left his hometown and traveled to Vienna to apprentice with Johann Stauffer, a renowned guitar maker.

Specifications

Model: D-18VS

Year: 2003

Serial: 848334

Body Size: D-12

Construction: Standard; Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint

Bracing Pattern: Custom 15-S

Brace Shape: Scalloped

Top Material: Adirondack (Premium)

Back Material: Solid Mahogany

Side Material: Solid Mahogany (Rosewood Side Braces)

Finish Top: Gloss

Back & Side Finish: Gloss

Scale Length: 25.4"

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 7/8"

Neck Shape: Modified V

Neck Taper: 

Electronics: 

Top Color: Aging Toner

Binding: Indian Rosewood

Top Inlay Material: 

Top Detail: 

Pickguard: Tortoise (Under Finish)

Pickguard Inlay: 

Rosette: Style 18

Bridge Style Belly - Long Saddle

Bridge String Spacing: 2 3/8"

Bridge Material: Ebony (1930s Style)

Bridge Pin Material: Black

Bridge Pin Dots: 

Saddle: Bone

Saddle Radius: 16"

Brace Material: 

Brace Size: 5/16"

Back Purfling/Strip: None

Heelcap: Indian Rosewood

Endpiece: Brazilian Rosewood

Endpiece Inlay: None

Back & Sides Color: Dark Mahogany Stain

Back Detail: 

Back Inlay Material: 

Side Detail: 

Side Inlay Material: 

Neck Material: Mahogany

Finish Neck: Satin

Neck Color: Dark Mahogany Stain

Number of Frets: 19

Neck Joins Body at: 12th Fret

Side Dots: 

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Fingerboard width at 12th Fret: 2 5/16"

Fingerboard Inlay Style: Small, Graduated Abalone Dots @ 5, 7, & 9

Fingerboard Inlay Material: 

Fingerboard Binding Material: None

Headstock Shape: Slotted

Headplate Material: Brazilian Rosewood

Headplate Logo Style: No Decal

Headplate Binding Material: None

Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel (W16SP)

Knob: 

Nut Material: Bone

Case: Hardshell