Tag Archives: D-18


Comparison: Short Scale vs Standard Scale – Martin D-18

Today, it’s a Martin dreadnought battle as we compare 2 MV Custom D-18’s… one with a short scale and the other with a standard scale. Similarities: 14-fret Dreadnought body Sitka Spruce top (sanded thinner, .105″) Solid Mahogany back & sides Mahogany neck (low profile) Golden Era Style Bracing Upgraded beveled pickguard Black ebony bridge and fingerboard […]


Short Scale vs Long Scale – Guitar Scale Length Comparison

Today, Tony compares 2 almost identical Martin D-18’s with different scale lengths. Can a guitars scale length make a difference in tone? Similarities: Thinner sanded Sitka spruce tops Vintage style nuts Open gear tuners Golden Era style bracing Mahogany back & sides Differences: Short Scale (SS) D-18: 24 3/4 inch scale length 1 11/16 inch nut […]