AMS Exclusive Custom Shop Martin D18

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The Martin Difference

Martin is a name that is synonymous with acoustic guitars. I know when I was younger, and just getting into guitar, a Martin was my dream acoustic.  Not a whole lot has changed today. Martin is still a brand that many including myself revere as being top of the line acoustic guitars. In fact, there is a good chance that your favorite guitarist is playing a Martin up on stage when you go to a concerts across the globe. AMS has teamed up with Martin to do something really special for you all. These are some custom shop D18 in both flame and quilt mahogany that has wood hand selected by AMS and Martin.

Custom Shop D18 Flame Mahogany

A Custom D18 created by Martin and the AMS buyer who came together to build this exclusive acoustic with hand selected, high grade tone woods! The Martin Custom Shop D18 Flame Mahogany Acoustic Guitar features a remarkable Adirondack Spruce top for its beautiful grain and fantastic tonal qualities.  Flamed Mahogany back and sides compliment the top perfectly, adding great lows, mid range and punch. Also we wanted to keep the organic look of the legendary D18 we kept the top binding dark but upgraded to Madagascar Rosewood. Finally, the back and sides looked so good on these that we had to do a matching head-stock plate.

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Flame Two

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Flame  Three

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Flame Four

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Flame Five

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The Tone of Mahogany

The color can range from a light reddish brown to a dark almost red color. Medium-Lightweight wood with a strong and loud and crystal-clear tone.  Sparkling, bright trebles. Mahogany is mostly used as guitar necks because it provides a good stability and notable sustain. Featuring a booming bottom end, a rich saturated mid-range and a warm and bright top end. Clear, warm and well balanced with an outspoken mid-range, mahogany has a great sonic character. Some musical styles that mahogany would lend a hand to are blues and roots type playing.

Custom Shop D18 Quilt Mahogany

Designed by Martin and our buyer, this D18 is a players guitar. To keep the organic look of the legendary D18 we kept the top and back binding dark but upgraded to Madagascar Rosewood. This D18 looks incredible and sounds twice as good. This takes the most recorded guitar in history and adds heirloom quality wood. This could be the best sounding and looking D18 you will ever get your hands on. This Custom Shop D18 Quilt Mahogany beautifully captures the essence of the D18 with custom-quality tone woods at a great price! Finally, just like the flames, we included a gorgeous matching head-stock plate.

Quilted One

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Quilted Two

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Quilted Three

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Quilted Four

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Quilted Five

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The Tone of Spruce

Well known and sought after for its extraordinary tone, spruce is known for its crystal-clear tone and projection. Visually, spruce is a wider grained wood and had can often have irregular color patterns.  Tonally however spruce is known for projection without losing any tonal clarity. Primarily the go to for bluegrass players and finger pickers, if you need a loud guitar spruce is for you. Play loud, fast and aggressively without any distortion or loss of tonal clarity.

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There will only be 10 of these beautiful hand selected Martin Custom Shop D18 guitars available, five quilt and five flame. These should be completed and in stock by November. Check back over the next few months for updates from the Martin Custom Shop, where we can show the progression of them being built. You are not going to want to sleep on this opportunity.

Click Here to pre-order your Custom Shop Flame Mahogany D18 today!

Click Here to pre-order your Custom Shop Quilt Mahogany D18 today!

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