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Martin D-18 Hoffman Custom Spruce/Mahogany #502697 - Used  From Martin

Custom Shop D-18 with an Engleman Spruce top!


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Condition: Used, Very Good

Barely a month into the new year and we may already have a contender for top 3 used Martins of 2021!  The unique look (herringbone on an 18 style?!), just-right aging, and downright classic Mahogany dread sound all have us smitten.  Fun historical fact--this model went to a dealer that used to be in our area in the 90s and sold then to the customer who just brought it to us after caring for it so expertly all that time.  Sweet highs, a throaty midrange (if you don't what that means, you will after playing this guy!) and, of course, that tight, life-like bass response.  Just fabulous!


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Martin D-18 Hoffman Custom

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    • Martin D-18 Hoffman Custom Spruce/Mahogany #502697 - Used

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.


Model: D-18

Year: 1990

Serial: 502697

Body Size: D-14 Fret

Construction: Standard; Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint

Bracing Pattern: D-OMLE

Brace Shape: Scalloped

Brace Size: 5/16"

Top Material: Engleman Spruce - Signature Top

Back Material: Mahogany

Side Material: Mahogany

Finish Top: Gloss

Back & Side Finish: Gloss

Scale Length: 25.4"

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16"

Neck Shape: Low Profile

Neck Taper: Standard Taper

Electronics: None

Top Color: Clear

Binding: Tortoise

Pickguard: Tortoise

Rosette: D-28 Style

Bridge Style: Belly

Bridge Material: Ebony

Bridge Pin Material: Black

Saddle: Compensated Bone

Saddle Radius: 16"

Back Purfling/Strip: HD

Heelcap: Tortoise

Endpiece: Tortoise

Endpiece Inlay: None

Neck Material: Mahogany

Neck Color: None

Number of Frets: 20

Neck Joins Body at: 14th Fret

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Fingerboard width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8"

Fingerboard Inlay Style: HD-28 Style

Headstock Shape: Solid with Square Taper and Diamond

Headplate Material: Indian Rosewood

Headplate Logo Style: Decal

Headplate Binding Material: None

Nut Material: Bone

Case: Hardshell