Description

The Martin D-18 is the Holy Grail for many acoustic guitar players, preferring its mahogany sound to the famous Martin D-28’s rosewood. However, the dreadnought size and shape can be a challenge physically, and a player doesn’t always need the hard-driving sound for which the D-18 is justly famous. The 000-18 is not a full-sized dreadnought, with a 15.125” lower bout and a 24.9” scale, and is noticeably lighter and easier to handle; however, being a Martin, it still has more power throughout its range than most jumbos. And of course it has all the legendary quality and mystique implied by the Martin logo proudly emblazoned on the square Martin headstock. I can add that the current MSRP for both a new Martin Standard Series D-18 and the Martin 000-18 is $3,149.

Naturally, this 00-18 guitar has the D-18’s solid Sitka Spruce top, and solid mahogany back, sides, and neck. The 14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard has pearl dots, and ends with a plain Martin-style squared-off mahogany headstock with the raised gold foil logo and enclosed chrome Martin tuners. The rosewood bridge and the rosewood fingerboard are standard, as are the black bridge pins. It has full black body binding, multi-striped black and white inlay at the rosette, and the Martin tear-drop pick guard is black as well.

As I hope you can tell from the pictures, it is in near mint condition, with no structural or cosmetic issues to report—with one minor exception: there is some fret wear under the B string on the lower frets. While this guitar dates from 2003 (serial number 961110), giving it plenty of time for the resonance of its tonewoods to develop, it is cosmetically and structurally a 9+ out of 10 for its appearance and performance. Its sound is as powerful and sensitive as any Martin I’ve played, and the action is very fast and comfortable at a bit below 3/32” at the 12th fret low E. There are no visible modifications or repairs, and with the exception of the strings and possibly the bridge pins, it is all original.

The like-new Martin thermoplastic hard shell case shown is obviously original, it is in excellent condition: the latches and hinges are shiny and work perfectly, the plush interior is in great shape, and it offers outstanding protection for the guitar. It is an excellent complement for this fine instrument—complete with the Martin name proudly embossed on the top.

The buyer pays a flat rate of $55 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be calculated after the auction as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashier’s checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.

I have tried to give an accurate and thorough description of this guitar and case. Therefore, its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before offering to purchase it; I will respond within 24 hours.

Thank you for your interest in this fine Martin guitar.

ALUMPSTER'S GUITARS

ALUMPSTER'S GUITARS

2003
Martin 000-18
Near Mint
Original Hard
6 Years
$2,295
ALUMPSTER'S GUITARS
ARTHUR H LUMPKIN
803-731-0515
Online Only
8:09 AM
24/7 by e-mail: akmgj@bellsouth.net. I'm old; I don't sleep much.

Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.

From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.

I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.