Anyone Interested In A Standard Martin D-18?

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  1. Vinsanitizer

    Vinsanitizer Forum Support Spec. VIP Member

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    Thanks everyone for your comments and your interest.

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    2015 Standard model
    Includes original Martin hardshell case
    All solid woods, ebony fingerboard
    Butter bean open gear tuners
    Condition: 9/10

    I forget, but they incorporated features from a higher line model into these Standards in 2014 or 2015 and so this is that guitar. You'd have to look that up, it's been a while since I was into the specs. It sounds everything like what you would expect from a Martin D-18. It's never been in an environment outside the parameters of 65-80 degrees F and 40%-55% relative humidity. It's got less than 4 solid hours of play time on it, so zero fret wear, and during its lifetime since I bought it new it's probably been out of its case for a total of 24 hours. The action and setup are perfectly set to factory specs. When I bought it I immediately removed the 12 gauge strings, re-strung it with the same Martin brand of 11's, tuned it one step flat, adjusted the truss slightly to compensate, and it's been that way since. The neck has never moved and the action is perfect with not a single buzz anywhere.

    The rear binding has separated at the waist line about the thickness of a business card in a spot less than 1" long, so you'll want to have that fixed. Easy repair, but I'm not concerned enough to have it done, I don't play it. For whatever reason, it occurred while stored in its case. There is a minor scuff on one lower side from a one-time lean against a wooden chair, not a big deal unless you're very picky. If not for those two things the guitar is like new. Frankly, I love this guitar, I just don't play it.

    I bought it new in 2015 for $1,950, case included. It has all the original tags, booklet and paperwork. These are going for $2,450 retail right now, the price for mine is non-negotiable at $1,900 plus shipping* to anywhere in the US only.

    (*Whatever the shipping cost would be from New York State.)

    If you really want a Martin D-18 Standard with the upgraded features they added in 2014/2015 and you don't want to pay the new retail price of $2,450 plus tax and shipping, this will be a great guitar for you to own.


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    The photos above are from within the first 2 months after I bought it. If you would like current photos, or photos of the binding separation and scuff I mentioned, please only ask if you're really considering buying this guitar because I hate taking and uploading photos.
     
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  2. crossroadsnyc

    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Did you get a new couch?
     
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    Vinsanitizer Forum Support Spec. VIP Member

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    LOL!! Do people here think that old 1996 fireworks couch is still our indoor furniture? That's on our outside deck, it'll be there forever, still comfortable as all get-out as long as we can keep the mice out. :D We also have ugly basement furniture too, but that's mostly a video game room so who cares. The D-18 pics were taken at our summer home in Lake George, NY which we rent out to help pay the (slave-ulur) taxes. That home is infinitely nicer than our main home. If you're referring to the yellow couch - that's long gone now. The dogs had their way with it, peeing, pooping, vomiting...

    Update: sorry, I was swimming in a folder full of pics. Only the first pic is from the summer home - the one in front of the fireplace.
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, I was referring to the "fireworks couch" :lol:

    FWIW, I actually like the 80's-ness of it!
     
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    She's a beauty, the guitar, not the couch...
     
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    It was our first furniture set when we got married in May of '96 and moved into a really nice apartment. I think it was from Taft Furniture, our first credit purchase. It holds up like new. Tried to give it away a couple times to kids moving out on their own, but they won't have it, and it's still too useful to throw away, so I think we be stuck with it. Today, the couch is on the rear deck and our 16 yr. old basement kitteh sleeps on the love seat in the basement because that's what basement kitteh's do.

    And that's the story behind Mr. Fireworks couch. :)

    Here are pics of the befamed fireworks furniture for your entertainment pleasure:

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  7. Vinsanitizer

    Vinsanitizer Forum Support Spec. VIP Member

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    I went through a Bluegrass phase and started buying some acoustics. I had the D-18 and a bunch of others. The others went bye-bye including a Martin D-41, an HD-28 and a Gibson Hummingbird. I hung onto the D-18, (and a nice mandolin which I do play), but there's no point in keeping this D-18 if it's going to go unused. Someone else should own it.
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    When will you be selling that LP?
     
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    Vinsanitizer Forum Support Spec. VIP Member

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    My current collection of Les Pauls are monetarily worth to me probably three times what I paid for them each, on the sheer principle that it took me decades of buying, selling and trading imperfect Les Pauls to the loss of more money than I can count, before learning enough about the pitfalls to finally arrive at the ones I now have. All of these are prefect on a microscopic level, however the Ebony Traditional is perfect on an atomic level. Frankly, I'll die with 'em and sadly will them off to someone who has no clue.

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    I'll take the gold top.
     
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    I love the gold top too! :dude:
    I never was really interested in the gold tops, but this one is a True Beauty! :metal:

    I see it has no binding along the neck... It sure is sweet!

    Beautiful Martin by the way!

    Your Pauls side tracked me...LOL
     
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    Beautiful collection of Pauls, and mandolin...love listening to bluegrass...and great taste in couches (lucky kitty)
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    I've changed my mind and want the black one now.

    Ok, but really, back to the original intent of this thread, that Martin is a beauty. I've never owned one, but having one has always been on my 'would like to before I die' list.
     
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    GLWS, I moved my HD-28 a couple of years ago and I still miss that thing all the time. The tone of a Martin cannot be matched by anything else.
     
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    That mandolin is flat freaking sexy!
     
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    How much for the fireworks couch, delivered?
     
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    Since Scoot wants the couch, is there a matching fireworks love seat?

    Nice collection Vin!
     
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    Thanks everyone for your comments and your interest.
     
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    Ahhh, pickguards on...what a beautiful site!
     
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    Yeah, we got the couch, the love seat, the chair and the hassic. Man, we couldn't GIVE the stuff away, so we decided to put it out on the deck.
     
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