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« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2009, 02:50:56 PM »

P.S. if you do get the chance to buy a 70's D-18 then that probably wouldn't be a bad investment at all.
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« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2009, 04:32:01 PM »

I tried a Standard D-18. It was nothing special. I've also been underwhelmed by the D-28 and HD-28s I've tried. I like my dreads more lightly-braced. I also know a custom builder who doesn't specialize in dreads, but he had one tucked aside that was pretty sweet. His guitars are lightly-braced to the point of implosion and this dread was built in kind. Being a custom build it was a one-of-a-kind though, and priced as such.
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« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2009, 05:09:41 PM »

I tried a Standard D-18. It was nothing special. I've also been underwhelmed by the D-28 and HD-28s I've tried. I like my dreads more lightly-braced. I also know a custom builder who doesn't specialize in dreads, but he had one tucked aside that was pretty sweet. His guitars are lightly-braced to the point of implosion and this dread was built in kind. Being a custom build it was a one-of-a-kind though, and priced as such.
But the HD28 is scalloped. Is that still not light enough? I bought one new in 1986 shortly after their introduction. I gave it to my son about 10 years ago.
Did Martin ever make an HD18? That might be worth checking out. (But, honestly, dreads have lost most of their appeal for me years ago anyway.)
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« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2009, 05:36:24 PM »

I tried a Standard D-18. It was nothing special. I've also been underwhelmed by the D-28 and HD-28s I've tried.

Hey Neil... that's why i suggested sending it to Brian Kimsey....

Let's go over it again....
take a 70's D18
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Ebony Bridge changes to Madagascar Rosewood
large rosewood bridgeplate changes to a small maple one
Braces are scalloped
Popsicle brace is removed, replaced by a smaller brace

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I like my dreads more lightly-braced.
Might this make the grade after the mod's? it certainly is not the heavily braced 70's D18 it started as.... ask about it at UMGF...

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« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2009, 06:35:10 PM »

Well, it's all academic and I'm not really interested in a D-18. I've made several decisions:

1.  I liked the D-16GT better than the D-03, and:

2. I still want an HD-35 further on down the road, but would go with a new D-35 in a pinch (for $500 less) or even a GC-MMV (for several hundred more less $$$)
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« Reply #25 on: December 12, 2009, 07:59:23 PM »

Well, it's all academic and I'm not really interested in a D-18. I've made several decisions:

1.  I liked the D-16GT better than the D-03, and:

2. I still want an HD-35 further on down the road, but would go with a new D-35 in a pinch (for $500 less) or even a GC-MMV (for several hundred more less $$$)


I have a used GC-MMV like new for sale in the for sale section. I got it in a trade from another forum member DaveyO
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« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2009, 09:48:12 PM »

The D-16GT is not worthy to sniff the heel of the D-03..
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« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2009, 10:33:34 PM »

My only issue if you buy a D-18 and taking it to someone who is going to replace things like the bridge plate, tuners, nut,saddle, pins and a new set up.  You might as well save the money and get a HD-35 since all that extra modification work is going to be spent.  But if you are on a budget the mods over time may not be a bad idea. 

Also you can buy D-35's for a great price on Ebay if you know what you are looking for.
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« Reply #28 on: December 15, 2009, 01:59:03 AM »

LOL. Yeah, GAS on a budget is NOT fun.
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« Reply #29 on: December 15, 2009, 11:18:39 PM »

LOL. Yeah, GAS on a budget is NOT fun.

Heck, a budget is no fun...
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« Reply #30 on: December 16, 2009, 12:14:08 AM »

Well, to be fair I don't have a budget per se; I have an actual dedicated GAS fund. My wife gave it to me on my 40th birthday this past summer. I almost banked some monetary gifts as well as the earnings from my recent gig and I'm a little over $900. It's burning a hole in my pocket but at the same time I also want something that's gonna last me the rest of my life. I've heard mostly good things about the D-16GT but secretly I want either a D-35 or commission a build with a luthier. I would have probably gotten in on the forum guitar if it were something that interested me.
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