Rare and amazing Martin DSS-2018 Custom Shop Slope Shoulder Dreadnought. She is a high-tech Martin made to showcase Martin’s technological breakthroughs and advances and at the same time cherish the classic line of the first Dreadnought.
This Custom Shop Martin DSS-2018 came to life based on the 2018 NAMM special edition theme: light weight and bold tone. A bold challenge for the Martin Custom Shop luthiers, which they won, of course! This baby delivers stellar results in both categories. 1.7 kg / 3 lbs. 26 oz.) is extremely light for a D-model. This weight is reached by using a titanium truss rod, carbon and titanium tuners, a composite carbon/VTS Adirondack bridge plate and head plate and Liquidmetal® bridge pins. These pins may look like bone but are a high-tech Zirconium compound and increase sustain, harmonics and volume by a few decibels. This is #27 of appr. 40 guitars that have been build.
The Genuine Mahogany is one of the nicest sets one can get, and the Adirondack top is nothing less. Constructed with hot Hide Glue, thus it may not surprise, she is tonally out of this earth. She can do fast flat picking without ever loosing a note on the comfortable modified low oval neck with the Performance Taper. Strumming with complex chords is easy. Big sounds with tight bass and an enormous dynamic range from quiet to loud without every losing control. You will definitely love this guitar!
The DSS-2018 has the classic Slope Shoulder body shape that was first used in Martin’s D-111. Not only because it’s the original Dreadnought shape. The curves are extremely good-looking. Sounds wise there is no difference except for the volume. Martin invented the square shoulder because it is supposed to give more volume. Not really, but back in the days it was an issue. This guitar proves the opposite: loud! She can take extreme hard strumming without ever breaking up. The liquid metal bridge pins boost tone and sustain to a whole new level. Just listen to the sound samples. The Carbon Fiber details are a very neat stylish touch. Yes, they do reduce the weight but even more so, the carbon fiber tuners not only look great, they operate very smooth and precise. I guess Chris Martin was inspired by Porsche in adding these details. Just like a Porsche, this dread is a canon on the road and still a true classic head turner without ever being flashy. Her former owner had the Carbon Fiber pickguard professionally removed to make the top move totally unobstructed, but mostly because he likes the looks better. What do you think? Of course an original Tortoise pickguard can be fitted, or any other model to your wishes. The retail price for this #27 of the limited NAMM-edition was 7.695 Euro. She is in excellent condition and travels in the pretty dark red Martin TKL case.
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