Martin first gave the "vintage appointments" upgrade seen here to their venerable D-18 a few years ago, and the result was Gryphon's best-selling made-in-USA Dreadnought. The 000-18 was next to get the same treatment, then the 00-18, but the 0-18 shown here is even more exciting because Martin hasn't offered a stock 0-size 14-fret guitar in years. As with the other Style 18 models, appointments include an ebony fingerboard and bridge, faux tortoiseshell binding and pickguard (celluloid), and lightweight open-back tuners. The top is given 1/4" scalloped X pattern bracing, and the mahogany is given a more transparent, warm brown stain. These are all "Vintage Series" appointments, but without the V shape neck and instead Martin wisely opted for a "modified low oval" neck profile which feels comfy and contemporary. And you get a drop-in saddle, making action adjustments or installing an under-saddle pickup much easier.

The result is a small, tuck-under-your-arm Martin with a remarkably big sound. Great for songwriting, easier to carry around, the perfect steel-string for anyone who likes to hug their guitar rather than climb over it just to get to the strings.

stock no. 56502

Model0-18
TopSitka Spruce
Back and sidesGenuine Mahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length24.9"
Bridge spacing2 5/32"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialSelect Hardwood
BindingFaux Tortoise
BracingScalloped X with Non-Scalloped Tone Bars
InlayAbalone, Old Style 18
Neck profileModified Low Oval
RosetteOld Style 18 Multi-Stripe
Total frets20
TunersNickel Open Gear
FinishGloss
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No2293002
Weight3.58 lbs.