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Martin Electro Acoustic Guitar 000-18E Retro
Based upon a beautiful original 1940's 000-18 guitar from the Martin Museum collection, this short scale 000-18E electro acoustic model produces clear and expressive response for stage or studio use. The Martin 000-18E is a faithful modern replication of the vintage sound of Martin's Golden Era, and their pre-war era guitars are in demand now more than ever.
The Martin 000-18E Retro is a guitarist's dream: authentic vintage appointments and styling but cutting edge modern electronics to make the best use of the 000-18E Retro on stage or in the studio!
With a similar construction to the Standard Series 000-18, the Retro features solid Stika Spruce top with solid Sapele back and sides, the benefit of solid wood being that it gives the guitar the ability to mellow and 'break-in' with age: Martin describe it by saying that no matter how good it sounds on day 1 that is the worse it will ever sound! It also features a dovetail neck join and mahogany blocks, a construction method saved only for Standard Series and other premium Martin guitars. Building a guitar with a Dovetail joint takes more skill but the dividend is knowing that your guitar and neck were handcrafted for each other the traditional way not just assembled ad hoc!
The Retro is designed to look like a vintage 000-18 so 'bean' Grover Nickel V97-18NA Sta Tite tuners have been used and the top is finished with 'aged toner' nitrocellulose for a very subtly aged look. The Fishman F1 Aura Plus Retro pickup applies Aura imaging presets to the tone so you can get the tone of a studio recording with a high quality microphone in a perfect acoustic space!
Here's what Martin say about the 000-18E Retro
Martin's groundbreaking Retro Series represents the most significant advancement of our era in amplified acoustic sound. Based upon a beautiful 1940 14-fret 000-18 "donor" guitar from the Martin Museum collection, this 24.9" short scale model produces clear and expressive response for stage or studio use. With modern performance and playability, the 000-18E Retro offers the visual and tonal integrity of the mahogany auditorium guitars from the pre-war era.
Model: 000-18E Retro
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Old Style 18
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 1/4''
Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Back Purfling: Style 18
Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: Tortoise Brown
Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: none
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Heelcap: Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 24.9''
Number Of Frets Clear: 14
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4''
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18 - Green Abalone
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Drop-In Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Grover Nickel V97-18NA Sta Tite
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
Bridge & End Pins: Black w/ White Inlay
Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
Case: 433 Hardshell
Interior Label: none
Electronics: Fishman Aura VT Retro