The new Retro series of acoustic guitars by Martin put on display an excellent partnership of high quality tonewoods with decades of experience in building and developing acoustic models. The D-18E hails from Martin's Retro series, delivering an outstanding electro acoustic guitar that takes us back in time to a more vintage feel and sound that is well-built for the modern musician.
The D-18E Retro has a solid build with a non-cutaway dreadnought design. Despite its somewhat straightforward appearance, this adds to its vintage character. The top is constructed from solid Sitka spruce which is perfectly partnered by solid genuine mahogany in the back and sides for a clear and responsive range of tones, all with added warmth. The body top also features standard "X" bracing with forward shifted pattern to strengthen the Sitka spruce soundboard and improve its overall sound quality. The D-18E Retro produces a dynamic sound which suits the more traditional acoustic guitarist.
High Performance Neck
Joined firmly to the body is a modified low oval hardwood neck with a Performing Artist taper profile for an all-round comfortable playing feel in the hand. The neck is topped with a 20-fret ebony fingerboard which is adorned with Old Style 18 green abalone inlays to guide you.
Amplifying the natural sound of the D-18E Retro is the Fishman F1 Aura+ preamp. The primary design feature of this preamp is to ensure that it is simple to use, and that has been achieved along with award-winning Aura Acoustic Imaging technology. The F1 Aura+ is intuitive and is designed to make tone-shaping even easier throughout any performance. The preamp has two control buttons alongside a bright LED display to make sound tweaks whenever you need to.
Thanks to the preamp having an "Easy Mode", you can scroll through 3 custom-blended Aura Image presets. With just the one Tone control knob, you can explore a natural under-saddle pickup sound to a more "scooped" tone with enhanced treble and bass. The F1 Aura+ also features "Performance Mode", whereby you can access the 3-Band EQs, compressor, automatic anti-feedback filter and digital chromatic tuner.
Hardware and Finish
For a strong connection between the strings and body, Martin have fitted the lower bout of the body with a 1930s style belly ebony bridge with a drop-in saddle. The headstock is fitted with nickel open-geared tuning machines with butterbean knobs, so you can retune with accuracy alongside the built-in digital chromatic tuner. The natural finish of the body is further protected by a decorative Delmar tortoise pickguard.
Martin have done plenty of research on many of their own pre-war guitars from the museum to help construct the Retro Series models, and so with the onboard F1 Aura+ preamp you can be sure to have plenty of volume without compromising on its vintage-style tone.
Each D-18E Retro guitar comes with a hardshell case for added protection and easy portability.
Manufacturer Martin Model D-18E Retro Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Solid Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Mahogany Neck Material Hardwood Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape D-14 Fret Non-Cutaway Colour Natural Pickups Fishman F1 Aura+ Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Tuners Nickel open-geared with butterbean knobs Scale Length 25.4 inch Nut & Saddle Bone / Compensated White Tusq Bracing Standard "X" Scalloped, Forward Shifted
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