The Modern Deluxe Series adds ultra-modern, 21st-century technology to time-tested, iconic Martin designs. The result is an entirely new take on Martin Vintage.
The D-18E Modern Deluxe starts with a traditional 14-fret dreadnought body with a torrefied Sitka Spruce (VTS) top and Mahogany back and sides. Paying homage to the storied tradition of Martin guitars, it features a dovetail neck joint and natural protein glue constriction (just like the prewar masterpieces that came before it!). The result is a guitar that produces the powerful, refined dreadnought tone that has inspired generations. Its big sound is warm, yet cutting in a band setting. It projects across the room with quick, articulate response, and it remains nicely balanced across the register. In many ways, it sounds like a vintage Martin that has been played-in and enjoyed for decades.
To ensure it will last for decades, too, the D-18E Modern Deluxe employs an interesting blend of classic details and cutting-edge features. East Indian Rosewood binding around the body protects the guitar's structural integrity, but it will never crack and crumble like plastic binding. Gold frets provide consistent tone, and they won't wear down quickly like nickel frets might. Under the hood, you'll find a composite carbon fiber bridge plate, which is strong enough to resist the pull of decades of string tension but lightweight enough to keep the top moving. To keep the strings attached, Liquidmetal bridge pins will stand the test of time. And to maintain a consistent setup, a titanium truss rod ensures maximum stability without adding unnecessary weight.
Unlike other Martins, the Modern Deluxe series sport a new neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard. Gold old open-gear tuners and a 1930s-style inlaid script logo on the headstock provide an understated—yet unmistakable—high-end aesthetic. When you plug in, Aura HD Imaging technology included in the new Fishman Aura VT Blend electronics allows more control over the voice of your guitar than ever before. It offers stunning realism and delivers a new high level of performance for direct recording and live situations.
- Body Size: 14-Fret Dreadnought
- Top: Torrefied Sitka Spruce (VTS)
- Back & Sides: Mahogany
- Glue: Natural Protein Glue
- Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint
- Bracing Pattern: Scalloped Forward-Shifted X-Brace
- Brace Material: Torrefied Adirondack Spruce (VTS), 5/16"
- Scale Length: 25.4"
- Nut: Bone, 1-3/4"
- Saddle: White Tusq w/ 2-5/32" spacing
- Electronics: Fishman Aura VT Blend
With the Martin D-18E Modern Deluxe, sophistication and performance come standard.