This Custom Shop Martin isn't exactly an Authentic or some kind of historic reissue, but it's a model based on the Martin 000-18s from a brief period back in 1934. Martin ceased calling the 14-fret 000s Orchestra Models (OM) in 1934, but continued using the long, 25.4" scale on them until fall of that year, when all 14-fret 000 models were given the shorter 24.9" string scale they've had ever since.

There are even more important changes to this 000-18 when compared to the stock model. Matt opted for a premium grade Adirondack top, given Martin's torrified top treatment (VTS) and braced with scalloped Adirondack spruce braces as well. The result is a lot more headroom compared to the standard 000-18, and a comfy smallish guitar that has plenty of power in the bottom end even when in dropped D or another open tuning that results in lower string tension.

stock no. 54698

ModelCustom Shop Style 18 000 w/ Premium VTS Top
TopPremium Adirondack VTS Spruce
Back and sidesSolid Genuine Mahogany (3-4 Grade)
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge spacing2 3/16"
Bridge materialBlack Ebony
Fretboard MaterialBlack Ebony
Neck materialSelect Hardwood
Serial No210048
InlayOld Style 18 (Abalone)
BracingAdirondack/Scalloped 5/16''/Standard
Neck profileMod Low Oval/PA Taper
Weight3.90 lbs.
RosetteOld Style 18 (Boltaron),
CaseOrig. Hard
FinishNon-Catalyzed Gloss/
Total frets20