Sigma DM-18

Posted by Ersten on Sat, 02/21/04 - 14:03:17.
In Reply to Dan's Guitar Page

I just bought a Sigma DM-18 (around 15 years old) from a friend for $100. It is in excellent shape. Does anyone know the background of this particular model, and its original retail price? Thanks, Ersten

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Sigma Made in Japan DR-28

I was considering the Sigma DM-18 instead of paying out the bucks for a Martin. I own a made in Japan DR-28. In my opinion the Sigma DR-28 sounds as good if not even better than my brothers HD-35. It may be the age of the Sigma. I play mostly banjo anymore. I may sell my Japanese Sigma. Have too many guitars. Not enough banjos. (501)305-9746

Martin Sigma DM-18

Sorry to one up you but I just bought a pristine Sigma DM-18 for $60.00 at a local flea market today. Found your thread cause I was doing some research on it. I have owned a couple hundred 1970's Japan acoustics. It is amazing how well they hold up after 30 plus years. I will be listing the guitar on ebay tomorrow with a $9.00 opening bid and no reserve. My ebay name is scoomer2000

Re: Sigma DM-18

Hi there, does anyone know if the wood on this model is solid? I have a sigma DM-2 and it sounds great but all plywood. I would like to know, I can buy one for € 450,- and that seems a bit over the top for me unless it's in absolutely mint condition.

Re: Sigma DM-18

Bought mine new about 11 years ago. Don't remember the price. I'd had a 1968 Martin D-21 for years but had to sell it due to divorce's money blues. Didn't have high expectations about this guitar, but it has surprised me. Action is a little high, but it stays in tune, has a balanced sound, and every year gets richer. Great value. Sounds like you got a bargain, Ersten. BTW, anyone know why Martin discontinued the Sigma line? Also, how does a good Sigma compare to the Martin D-15?

Re: Sigma DM-18

Wow U got a good deal.I bought 1 in 1994 and I payed 375$ with a dicsount.It's a great guitar.Sigma was made by Martin Co.which is the manufacturer of the best acoustic guitars.Sigma was est. in 1970.

Re: Sigma DM-18

dm-18
504.00 dollars

Re: Sigma DM-18

: I just bought a Sigma DM-18 (around 15 years old) from a friend for $100. It is in excellent shape. Does anyone know the background of this particular model, and its original retail price? Thanks, Ersten

In Manhattan, KS in and around 1985 you could get one with a cherrywood finish (new) at the music store in and around 600 - 700 dollars. Sounds like you found a bargain.

Re: Sigma DM-18

: I just bought a Sigma DM-18 (around 15 years old) from a friend for $100. It is in excellent shape. Does anyone know the background of this particular model, and its original retail price? Thanks, Ersten

I bought one in Gainesville FL in 1991 for in the $350 range. It's also more golden/orange top than blonde, and still fantastic.

Re: Sigma DM-18

: I just bought a Sigma DM-18 (around 15 years old) from a friend for $100. It is in excellent shape. Does anyone know the background of this particular model, and its original retail price? Thanks, Ersten

Kind of late on the follow-up, but...
I bought one in '85 or '86, from a little shop in Hamilton, Ontario. I have played it constantly and the sound gets better and better over the years. Original price was about CD$600, but I managed to get it on sale for much less. If yours is anything like mine, you certainly got a deal.

Re: Sigma DM-18

: : 375 with a huge discount

Re: Sigma DM-18

I just bought a Sigma SDM-18 (around 15 years old) from a friend for $100. The web says they made these in 1994 t0 1997. Is that true?
Wow, you got a super deal. I just bought one from a guy who works hear in Silicon Valley, for $250. A real orange-gold color on the spruce top. It looked to be in great shape, but the action was high-- about1/8th inch higher than I like. Took it to to my luthier, who pointed out the loose first fret and the bellying up that raised the bridge and action. He will superglue the fret then plane down the edge of bridge near the soundhole to get the lower angle for the strings. Neck is flat as can be, and the aged wood makes it sound like a DM with the treble turned up. I played it enough to assess the sound, from rich to shimmery, if you know what I mean...Repairs will likely run $40 to $100. So, it may indeed be a $350 guitar when all work is finished. But I like it! Maybe I will sell my Larrivee D-03R with pickups.

DJ

Re: Sigma DM-18

: I just bought a Sigma DM-18 (around 15 years old) from a friend for $100. It is in excellent shape. Does anyone know the background of this particular model, and its original retail price? Thanks, Ersten

yeah...it is a japanese copy of the martin d 18. i have a 22 year old mold which has good sound. it has a solid spruce top and liminate sides

Re: Sigma DM-18

I bought mine in the early 80s from the acoustic shop in Denmark Street, London.
It cost me, if I remember rightly, £185.
It's a Japanese manufacture and the serial no is L92521.
It has continued to sound better and better!

Re: Sigma DM-18

I have a DM-18 that I bought in Michigan around 1997...it was ten years old at the time. I paid $300 for it and a hardshell.

I spoke with a couple of guys at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan and they told me to take good care of it and hang on to it. They stopped producing Sigma Guitars in 2007, but have been phasing them out since the late 90's. These guys said it's value will only go up in time, so I'd say you got a good deal.

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: I have a DM-18 that I bought in Michigan around 1997...it was ten years old at the time. I paid $300 for it and a hardshell.

: I spoke with a couple of guys at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan and they told me to take good care of it and hang on to it. They stopped producing Sigma Guitars in 2007, but have been phasing them out since the late 90's. These guys said it's value will only go up in time, so I'd say you got a good deal.

Re: Sigma DM-18

My name got listed in someone elses comments. I have a DM-18 that was made in Korea between 1994 and 1997 and that was the last one made. Came new from a closed down music store in 1996 that some one had saved. Sorry about the mixup. Howard

Re: Sigma DM-18

This is not my follow up on the DM-18.It is Marks. Somehow it got messed up and my name was on the same follow-up as Marks. Sorry Howard

Re: Sigma DM-18

: : I just bought a Sigma DM-18 (around 15 years old) from a friend for $100. It is in excellent shape. Does anyone know the background of this particular model, and its original retail price? Thanks, Ersten

: yeah...it is a japanese copy of the martin d 18. i have a 22 year old mold which has good sound. it has a solid spruce top and liminate sides

Hi:
I also have a DM-18 I bought in the early 80's. I think I paid about $450 for it. The color of my top is more an orange than a yellow. Mine is Japaneese manufactured and it has excellent sound and just keeps getting better.
-Carolyn

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