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. 59727

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
BracingScalloped X with Non-Scalloped Tone Bars
Weight3.52 lbs.
InlayAbalone, Old Style 18
Neck profileModified Low Oval
RosetteOld Style 18 Multi-Stripe
Total frets20
TunersNickel Open Gear
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No2435095
BindingFaux Tortoise