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Martin D-18 Sumter SC

Since its introduction in 1935, the D-18 has been one of the major stalwarts of the Martin line, and for many years outsold the more costly D-28. In 1955, the year of Chris Martin's birth, Martin sold 1,103 D-18s versus 806 D-28s.

Seaco Music Store
(803) 775-9213
140 N Main St
Sumter, SC
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Sound Of Sumter
(803) 934-9559
26 W Liberty St
Sumter, SC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Bradhams Music Studio
(803) 435-2491
519 S Mill St
Manning, SC
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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LEONARDS MUSIC
(803) 773-1792
278 BROAD ST
Sumter, SC
 
MUSIC ME
(803) 773-0055
101 S WISE DR
Sumter, SC
 
Standard Music Co
(803) 773-1612
2 S Main St
Sumter, SC
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Leonards Music
(803) 773-1792
278 Broad St
Sumter, SC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Standard Music Co
(803) 773-1612
2 South Main St
Sumter, SC
 
Gibbs Guitars
(803) 775-5195
505 Broad St
Sumter, SC
 
STANDARD MUSIC CO
(803) 773-1612
2 S MAIN ST
Sumter, SC
 
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Martin D-18

Like the recent CFM IV 1955 D-28, the CFM IV 1955 D-18 commemorates the 55th birthday and ongoing contribution of Christian Frederick "Chris" Martin IV to the company that bears his name.
Chris Martin
But this is not just the mahogany version of the CFM IV D-28.

Since its introduction in 1935, the D-18 has been one of the major stalwarts of the Martin line, and for many years outsold the more costly D-28. In 1955, the year of Chris Martin's birth, Martin sold 1,103 D-18s versus 806 D-28s.

Prized for its bright treble, crisp midrange and clear bass, the D-18 is a favorite of many bluegrass, folk and country musicians. Its strong, loud voice is meant to be heard and hold its own over banjoes, mandolins, steel guitars โ€“ and, yes, raucous rock n' roll. It's also excellent recording guitar offering exceptional balance and distinct articulation.

Elvis Presley played a 1942 D-18 during his early career (it can be heard in on all of his Sun recordings, including the classic "That's Alright Mama"). Hank Williams also played a D-18 that he rotated with his D-28 (Hank's 1947 D-18 is now owned by the Martin company and is on permanent display in the Martin Museum). Oh, and you remember that great rockin' guitar intro on Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues"? That's a D-18, too.

In creating the CFM IV 1955 D-18, we carefully replicated D-18 specs in place during 1955. This includes Sitka top with non-scalloped top braces, small maple bridgeplate, elegant old style 18 rosette and tortoise body binding & pickguard, cedar ribbons, cloth reinforcement strips, ebony bridge (with long bone saddle) and fingerboard, bone saddle, rounded headstock (from template wear) with old style C. F Martin & Co. scroll decal and other authentic 1955-specific details.

So choosing the D-18 as the other half of the CFM IV 1955 celebration set was a natural.

But we've also added some very special features including back and sides of rare โ€“ and very beautiful โ€“ Quilted Mahogany (dark stain), adjustable...

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