For my grand children I'm buying Martin series 18 guitars. This is the first one. $1546 shipped.
Guitar arrived safe & sound, was able to track its progress via UPS.
Now, I've had a chance to obsessively examine this D-18, and play it for you know, a few hours - until my fingers are hamburger.
This is a wonderful guitar!
The top is richly silked all over - as good my '88 D12-18, comparable to my 2002 HD-28, almost as good as my D-16H 93 (which is a pretty special one).
It sounds a little "tight" or "brassy" as you'd expect from a new one with new strings, but the Martin mahogany sound is most definitely there, with typical Martin sustain (you know, other worldly) and it is louder than I expected, too!
Fit & finish all excellent. Love the satin neck!
Damn near perfect.