Fretboard Journal – Martin D-18 Jason Isbell Sweepstakes

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Win a Martin D-18 Jason Isbell and a Year’s Supply of SP Lifespan Strings

In our new, 41st issue of the Fretboard Journal, we sit down with singer-songwriter Jason Isbell to talk guitars, songwriting and more. To celebrate, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be giving away one of his new Martin Custom Signature Edition D-18s to one lucky reader, along with a year’s supply of SP Lifespan Strings. 

Isbell’s Custom Signature Edition D-18 is closely modeled after Martin’s Golden Era series. The guitar boasts an Adirondack spruce top; mahogany back and sides; and rear-shifted scalloped bracing which produces more natural volume and a clear powerful tone. Similar to Martin’s Authentic series guitars, it is constructed using hide glue which, unlike newer synthetic reproductions, dissolves into the grain of the wood and creates more resonance throughout the instrument. The musician added a personal touch by including a custom inlay of one of his tattoos at the twelfth fret. Isbell chose a thin finish and left off the pickguard – all design details that have one common goal – to make it loud. (Don’t worry: There’s a pickguard in the case pocket in case you ever decide to stray from Isbell’s vision.) 

We’ve been playing the Isbell Martin a ton here at the FJ and have to admit, it’s one of the best sounding new Martins we’ve heard. As a special bonus, we’re also including a year’s worth of Martin SP Lifespan strings (six packs, to be official). 
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