Guitars that never made it

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Without a doubt, one of the craziest flattops Martin ever made, and it didn't really catch on either.

Of course, everybody will recognize the D-18E as the axe Kurt Cobain used on Nirvana's unplugged performance.
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And another famous user was Tracy Chapman, who used one during her early days.
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But neither used the guitar as it was intended. Tracy Chapman used hers plugged into the PA, like one would do with an Ovation. And Cobain had a Bartolini Soundhole pickup fitted because he hated the sound of the stock DeArmond pickups. The fact that he strung his up with Acoustic strings rather than electric strings also explains a lot when it comes to the resulting sound.

Because, if you use them as an electric, as they were intended to be used, they sound quite awesome.
 

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59-martin-front.jpg

Without a doubt, one of the craziest flattops Martin ever made, and it didn't really catch on either.

Of course, everybody will recognize the D-18E as the axe Kurt Cobain used on Nirvana's unplugged performance.
kurt-cobain-live_157203-1024x768.jpeg


And another famous user was Tracy Chapman, who used one during her early days.
singersongwriter-tracy-chapman-july-1988-picture-id104504159

But neither used the guitar as it was intended. Tracy Chapman used hers plugged into the PA, like one would do with an Ovation. And Cobain had a Bartolini Soundhole pickup fitted because he hated the sound of the stock DeArmond pickups. The fact that he strung his up with Acoustic strings rather than electric strings also explains a lot when it comes to the resulting sound.

Because, if you use them as an electric, as they were intended to be used, they sound quite awesome.

Oh wow these were sold like that stock? I was sure this was some kind of amateur hack job thrown together from various parts?
 

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Oh wow these were sold like that stock? I was sure this was some kind of amateur hack job thrown together from various parts?
They were stock alright. Martin actually did three versions.

- The D-18E which Cobain and Chapman used.

- The D-28E, which was a fancier version with Rosewood back and sides.
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And lastly the 00-18E, which was a small body model.
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Don't expect Martin to reissue these anytime soon, though.
 

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Early 2010s, as far as I know. Here's a link to a promotional video from 2013.



OK. That makes sense. Sort of phase 2 of the company when they started to get into electrics and some offshore building.

For a while I thought they just sold the name. But they seem to have come back and are hand building some guitars again in Brazil as of late.

I'd love to find one of those.
 

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OK. That makes sense. Sort of phase 2 of the company when they started to get into electrics and some offshore building.

For a while I thought they just sold the name. But they seem to have come back and are hand building some guitars again in Brazil as of late.

I'd love to find one of those.
 

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@fretknot: Did you leave something out of that post?
Yes, I started to tell a story about a guy named Adrian Legg, who (I thought) played one. It looked very similar when I saw him perform a few years back. Upon looking into it I realized it was a custom-built one-off guitar. I erased the text, but the post remained and didn't close.

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