"Well, mine's was built in 2004 and bought in 2008 - I've had it just over two years.
Plenty scratches and flaky laquer now - nothing major, mostly pick marks and scratches from having great fun...
Congrad's - the D-18 is a fine guitar :O)
A couple of years ago I was in a similar situation to you (same budget / one guitar opportunity) and managed to find a D-18V. Mind you, I had to travel all the way from Cornwall to Cardiff…"
Here in Devon, I've been too busy to get out to any sessions for a while, but I did go along to the Sore Fingers summer school in The Cotswolds a few weeks ago - that was good!!!
We had Dan Crary as our guitar tutor - a really great…"
A place where European, Asian, Australian, African, Central and South American Flatpickers can meet and describe activities in their area. A place where flatpickers from USA can see how their culture influenced foreigner musicians. An International meeting pointSee More
"Hi Chris, you've maybe bought a guitar by now, so this might be too late, but...
For a one-in-a-lifetime Martin on your budget, I'd strongly recommend looking for a used guitar (better spec for less money than new).
Also, check out the…"
"Hey Craig. Thanks for the kind comment. The credit for this version should really go To Steve Kaufman who's arrangement it is. Good luck with your bluegrass studies, it's wonderful music and great fun to play. I look forward to…"
"Thanks Mike. I have to prove to myself that I can play the material as written but once I've done that I start to allow myself some leeway to have fun and drop in my own bits. There's not too much space to do that in SK's version of…"