Martin have introduced a new line of acoustic guitars to the 18 and 15 series, with an addition of the Fishman preamps added to the 17 series acoustic guitars. Martin have revealed further plans at Summer NAMM 2016, aiming to expand the series with further enhancements.
Starting with the GPC-15ME, this new addition explores the 15 series with a full mahogany body and displays a grand cutaway performance body style. The ease of use and effortless playability is met with the modified low oval neck and east Indian rosewood fingerboard. With now enhanced electronics, this is a guitar that many electro-enthusiasts will dive straight into.
The Martin 00-18V still holds its traditional appearance, but is packed with a new scallop braced Sitka spruce top and Mahogany back, which is built around the guitar. Though posing a short 24.9’ scale, its apparent low oval neck shape increases the ability to achieve a great performance, ensuring great playability and fast action. The new Martin 18 includes an East-Indian Rosewood head plate and a smooth ebony fingerboard and bridge which compliments the guitars appearance.
With the addition of the Fishman Matrix VT enhancement fitted to the 18 and 15 series, this is also apparent with the upgraded 17 series. The 17E series brings a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and side. With exotic Guatemalan rosewood added to the bridge and a modified low oval neck, this emphasises the performance factor as well as accomplishing a variety of a black smoke or tobacco/whisky sunset finish.
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