Martin DC-18E Electric/Acoustic Guitar
Legendary Martin for the Performing Guitarist
The warm tones of the genuine mahogany back and sides combined with a Sitka spruce top make this Dreadnought, acoustic-electric cutaway model truly sing.
A solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge, tortoise color binding and matching pickguard adorn this model. Martin introduces the new, Fishman® Aura® VT Enhance™ electronics on this model. Aura® VT Enhance™ electronics uses the most advanced technology with discreet, soundhole-mounted controls for volume and tone preserving the pure and unique acoustic tone of each model. This is a classic Martin with contemporary playability, a modern take on the classic D-18 that was the instrument of choice for Hank Williams.
Part of modern music’s history
The Martin DC-18E is capable of more times than you probably realize. The original D-18 was the choice guitar of legends such as Clarence White, Elvis Presley, and many more. Even Andy Griffith played one on The Andy Griffith Show. It’s been a workhorse dreadnought acoustic for singers and songwriters since its original release in 1934. The Martin DC-18E is a perfect example of this instrument that became iconic because of its tone and craftsmanship.
Martin flat-top tone
The Martin D-18 that inspired the DC-18E has been a top choice for serious performers for decades. The guitar’s combination of solid Sitka spruce and mahogany gives it a sound that sits perfectly in a mix, cutting through and holding its own without overbearing the song’s other elements. Whether you’re playing solo or live with a band, your DC-18E’s rich tone will always be heard without fighting with vocals or covering up the low-end impact from the bass player.
Fishman Aura VT Enhance
Fishman is just as much a leader in acoustic amplification as Martin is in guitar manufacturing. These two companies have placed the Aura VT Enhance electronics system in the DC-18E to give it a natural and expressive voice when performing live through an amp or PA system. The Aura preamps have been favorites of players for years. But the VT Enhance raises the bar by using discreet soundhole-mounted controls for the pickup’s volume and tone. You can rest easy knowing that the natural sound of your DC-18E will come through the speakers loud and clear.
Martin DC-18E and Key Features at a Glance
- An iconic dreadnought with built-in electronics
- Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics preserve natural acoustic tone
- Single-cutaway design offers upper-fret access
- Martin flat-top tone
- Part of modern music’s history