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
|Back and sides||Genuine Mahogany|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 3/4"|
|Bridge spacing||2 5/32"|
|Neck material||Select Hardwood|
|Bracing||Scalloped X with Non-Scalloped Tone Bars|
|Inlay||Abalone, Old Style 18|
|Neck profile||Modified Low Oval|
|Rosette||Old Style 18 Multi-Stripe|
|Tuners||Nickel Open Gear|