Martin D18 vs Gibson Hummingbird: which is the best acoustic guitar?

This is probably the best matched comparison between a Gibson acoustic and a Martin acoustic guitar.  Very similar guitars using the same materials, but constructed with different manufacturing styles. The Martin D18 offers a little more bass and “woody” tone, perhaps a little more volume.  The Gibson Hummingbird offers a little more clear and articulate mid range.

The is a part of our “VS” series that pits two acoustic guitars against each other so you can get a better feel for the inherent sound differences between tone woods, manufacturing styles, and body styles.

Which one is the best acoustic guitar?  The Martin D18 or the Gibson Hummingbird?