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In our last blog, we took you back to the 1930s and 40s with two guitars from Martin’s Authentic Series. Now we look at the latest version of a Martin acoustic guitar model: the 2014 Martin OOO18. This Martin guitar combines original vintage and modern features to continue their legacy as the most sought-after brand in the marketplace.

A Combination of Vintage & Modern Features

As the next installment in the Martin standard series, the 2014 Martin 000-18 combines modern features with some of the vintage features the Martin 000-18 model has been known for since the 1920s. The 2014 Martin 000-18 has vintage features like the old-style nickel open geared tuning machines with butterbean knobs, as well as aging toner to give the body an older look. The guitar’s east indian rosewood headplate features the large old style Martin logo. A more modern low oval neck with performing artist taper is coupled with these vintage features to give it a new edge in playability. Meanwhile, some features stretch across history, such as the scalloped bracing, short scale length, and dovetail neck joint, while others are a mash up of vintage and modern, such as the new take on Martin’s clean, classic lines. The guitar’s nut width is 1 3/4”, with a string spacing of 2 3/16″, with 20 frets.

A Whole Lot of Guitar for the Money

The 2014 Martin 000-18 is a middle-of-the-road for Martin price-wise and body size wise (not quite an auditorium), but the quality of the guitar is what you might expect from a much larger expense. While other guitars at this price would be equipped with a cheap polyurethane finish, the 2014 Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar has a lacquer finish. In addition to being quick to apply and easy to work with during the construction process (which lowers the guitar’s price significantly), lacquer finish is a much higher quality than polyurethane. Furthermore, it repairs better than varnish, which comes in handy with Martin’s lifetime warranty.

Another added bonus is the guitar’s superior tone woods and accessories. The 2014 Martin 000-18 has a Sitka spruce top, an ebony fingerboard and bridge, tortoise pickguard, mop inlays and genuine mahogany back, sides, and neck. Lastly, this beautiful guitar is housed in a refined case that rises above Martin’s standard.

My Verdict

While bluegrass may make this guitar explode, the 2014 Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar is perfect for nearly every other acoustic guitar genre like folk, pop, and blues. This do-it-all guitar is articulate and well balanced, making it the perfect choice for recording artists regardless of playing fingerstyle or with a pick. If you’re willing to spend more of your instrument, there are higher quality guitars out there. However, if you’re looking for a great guitar at a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong with this Martin standard from the longest running guitar manufacturer in America.

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