Winter NAMM 2018 Coverage
: The 2018 Martin Guitar
lineup is available at The Music Zoo and includes a set of new Authentics,
new limited edition
models, a new NAMM Show Special
model, and a new FSC certified
acoustic! Keeping reading for more details, and check out the full specs on the Martin website
00 - 17 Authentic 1931
Meticulously reproduced with hide glue construction, dovetail neck joint , genuine mahogany top, back and sides, a black ebony fingerboard and bridge with an Authentic 1931 neck shape and heel, this 00 - 12 fret classic will appeal to players of all musical styles who love the vintage look and sound of mahogany. Remaining true to its origins as a Depression Era instrument, the 00 - 17 Authentic 1931 features authentic scalloped X bracing, a Vintage Gloss finish, and historically - accurate appointments such as Golden Age Relic Nickle Side Mount tuners.
D - 18 Authentic 1939 Aged
A new guitar that looks and sounds like it’s been played for 80 years, the Aged version of the acclaimed D - 18 Authentic 1939 includes all of the goodness that comes with Martin’s Authentic Series instruments, like hide glue construction and hand - scalloped X brac ing. Plus, the Vintage Tone System (VTS) that ages the wood to replicate the sound of a vintage Martin, but we didn’t stop there. We’ve now taken this amazing model and methodically, painstakingly distressed it, inside and out, in all the right places. The result is a tactile, visual, and auditory experience that will transport you all the way back to the 1930s. And we know you’re going to like it there. Stock is limited.
D - 45S Authentic 1936 Aged
The D - 45S Authentic 1936 Aged is based on a large body D - 45 from Martin’s museum collection, featuring Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a pre - aged Adirondack spruce top, and period - correct style 45 appointments including gold tuners with hand - engraved butterbean knobs. A newly constructed masterpiece that looks and sounds like it’s been played for 80 years, the D - 45S Authentic 1936 Aged includes all of the goodness instilled within Martin’s Authentic Series, like hide glue construction and hand - scalloped X bracing. It also boasts the Vintage Tone System (VTS) tha t ages the wood to replicate the sound of a highly sought after vintage Martin, both in tone and appearance. We’ve now taken this amazing guitar and methodically, painstakingly distressed it, inside and out, in all the right places. The result is a tactile , visual, and auditory experience that will transport you all the way back to the 1930s. And we know you’re going to like it there. Stock is limited.
FSC CERTIFIED OME - Cherry
Crafted entirely with FSC certified woods, including a Sitka spruce top, cherry back and sides, a Mahogany high performance neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and an African blackwood headplate, the OME - Cherry is Martin’s newest FSC guitar and is definitely worth checking out. The model includes gold open gear tuners, and arrives sta ge - ready with Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT1 electronics so you can rock out and sound as good plugged in as you do unplugged. As pioneers in sustainable guitar building, Martin proudly partners with the Forestry Stewardship Counsel (FSC) to bring the world a line of great sounding sustainable wood guitars. When you play this comfortable, classy orchestra model, you can be sure that mother earth will be cheering you on!
LIMITED - EDITIONS
D - 42 Purple Martin
The D - 42 Purple Martin is the third in the Purple Martin series, and gets an upgrade from 41 to 42 style appointments. The name “Purple Martin” is inspired by a native bird from Pennsylvania of the same name. Known for being social, the Purple Martin is a fitting choice for this instrument and you’ll know why when you hear it sing! In addition to the bird inlay on the fingerboard and pickguard, the guitar also features the Pennsylvania state flower, the Mountain Laurel by its side. The top is made from heavy bear claw Engelmann spruce and the back and side s are made from figured plum katalox. Other unique appointments on this limited edition model are Schaller Gold Gran d Tune open gear tuners and bone colored liquid metal bridge pins. The model is limited to just 50 guitars, all with a label signed by Chris Martin.
D - 45 Fire & Ice
A Golden Era Style D - 45 and the newest collaboration with renowned inlay artist, Harvey Leach This one of a kind model is adorned with original artwork by Harvey Leach that signifies opposite forces, in the form o f a Phoenix and a Dragon, coming together in battle. The inlay incorporates a technique developed by Mr. Leach called “Smoke & Mirrors” and it is used on this model to portray the dragon being neutralized in ice. The model also features an Engelmann spruce top with heavy bear claw, Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, a European flamed maple headplate and binding, and a unique maple back strip woven with pearl. The tuners are Schaller Gold Gran d Tune open gear and the label is signed by Chris Martin and Harve y Leach. Martin is making only one of these rare beauties but will take special orders so visit your authorized Martin dealer to get your hands on one.
DSS - 2018
Each year Martin designs a new ground breaking model known as the “show special” to help support the NAMM and Frankfurt trade shows, by making it available only to those in attendance. The theme for 2018 is lightweight wood with a robust sound. The difference can not only be heard, but felt as you cradle and strum this feather weight acoustical innovation. Tho ugh large in size, the features that attribute to these tonal and weight benefits are a 2 - way adjustable titanium truss rod, carbon fiber and titanium tuning gears, composite carbon fiber/VTS Adirondack bridge plate and head plate, a carbon fiber ultrathin pickguard, and liquid metal pins that are disguised to look like bone. Liquid Metal pins have been proven to increase sustain, harmonics and volume output by several decibels, adding to the allure of this physics experiment. Mahogany and Adirondack spruce were chosen as the tone woods for this slope - shoulder Dreadnought, along with flamed maple binding, for their lightness and rich tones. While the elements of titanium and carbon fiber reduce weight and increase the natural sustain and harmonics of the DSS - 2018, the high performance neck with ebony fingerboard is adorned with grained ivoroid snowflake inlay for a touch of adornment.