Martin Monday: DC-18E

This week our #MartinMonday is dedicated to the new Martin DC-18E.

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The DC-18E is a new take on the famous Martin body size. The acoustic-electric Dreadnought cutaway model was introduced at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show. It features genuine mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top. The model features the new Aura VT Enhance powered by Fishman.  The DC-18E is strung with SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Light (MSRP7100) strings. We are currently following a DC-18E on its way through the Martin factory on the Martin Guitar Instagram for #FactoryFriday.

You can learn more about the DC-18 here.

You can also find an authorized Martin dealer to test drive the model here.

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Martin Ambassadors Nominated For ACM Awards

Two of our Martin Ambassadors and a Martin player have been nominated for 2016 ACM Awards!

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Martin Ambassador and Host of the ACM Awards Dierks Bentley is up for Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for "Riser." Martin Ambassador Thomas Rhett is up for Album of the Year for "Tangled Up," New Male Vocalist of the Year, and Single Record of the Year for "Die A Happy Man." Martin player Sam Hunt is up for Album of the Year for "Montevallo" and Single Record of the Year for "Take Your Time."

The ACM Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, April 3rd at 8PM (EST). You can find a full list of ACM Award nominees here.

For a full list of Martin Ambassadors, click here.

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Dear Emily: What Do You Consider When Purchasing A Guitar

Dear Emily,

I'm considering purchasing a new guitar. What do the professionals thinks about when adding a new guitar to their collection? --On The Hunt

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Custom Shop Administrator-Emily

Dear On The Hunt,

I seem to fall in love with a different guitar each year. I'm a polygamist like that - which is totally legal with guitars! Here's my secret formula for picking the perfect guitar-find one you can't put down. That's it! It either brings songs out of you or it doesn't.

If I was on a deserted island and I had to pick one guitar to play for the rest of my life it would be a Rosewood OM. Rosewood works so well in an OM body size and makes a super balanced but powerful sound. That was the first guitar I bought and I'll own it forever. But I'm not on a deserted island and I can have more than one guitar!

A good question to ask yourself is what are you getting the guitar for? Playing out with a band, couch picking, or a song-writing tool? For playing out with my band, I have a sapele GP with a Matrix Infinity pickup. It's satin finish, no pearl, no frills. I purposely got a plain-Jane guitar for playing out so that I wouldn't cry if beer got spilt on it or it got dinged. I'm actually looking forward to putting wear and tear into that thing. There's something irreplaceable about guitar that people have played the hell out of.

And although I put sound first and foremost, I'm a sucker for an aesthetically beautiful guitar. I absolutely love figured wood, the funkier and more dramatic the better. Enjoy some of these photos I've snapped of the coolest woods I've seen. Good luck in your guitar journey which you can start by finding an Authorized Martin Dealer here!

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Premium Madagascar Rosewood

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Cocobolo

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Guatemalan Rosewood


Emily has worked at Martin Guitar for 9 years. She has been cross-trained in every aspect of guitar building and currently serves as the Martin Guitar Custom Shop Administrator. Dear Emily is an advice column that will appear bi-monthly on the Martin Guitar Blog.

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Celebrating The 100th Anniversary Of The Martin Dreadnought

Over the past 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought defined what an acoustic guitar can and should be.

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The very first Dreadnoughts were designed and crafted by Martin Guitar in 1916, under the Oliver Ditson brand. After Ditson went out of business in 1930's, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 Dreadnoughts for playing. They would soon become the iconic D-18 and D-28.

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Wondering where the name "Dreadnought" came from? The Martin Dreadnought was named after a class of World War 1 era battleships. 

You can celebrate the 100th Anniversary with us all year long! We will have a big surprise coming your way that will be announced soon as well as centennial gear that you can shop here.

You can also find the full story of the Martin Dreadnought here.

Find an authorized Martin dealer to purchase your very own Dreadnought guitar here.

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Martin Monday: The D-222 100th Anniversary Edition

This year, Martin Guitar celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the iconic Martin Dreadnought with the new D-222 100th Anniversary Edition.

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The very first Dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by Martin Guitar in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. After Ditson went out went out of business in the early 1930's, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 Dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would later become the D-18 and D-28 models.

Limited to only 100 guitars, the D-222 celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Martin Dreadnought. This 12-fret Dreadnought has a Sitka spruce top with Martin's Vintage Tone System. It includes mahogany back and sides, a slotted head stock, and ebony fingerboard and bridge.

You can learn more about the new D-222 100th Anniversary  here.

To find a dealer to order your very own D-222 100th Anniversary model, click here.

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Tune In To #LiveAtNAMM

Next week, Martin Guitar will make the flight from Nazareth, Pennsylvania to Anaheim, California for the 2016 Winter NAMM Show. The NAMM show is the world's largest trade-event for the music product industry.

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#LiveAtNAMM is our way of giving you a front row seat to all the action happening at the NAMM Show. We will have three videos that will begin airing on January 22nd on the Martin Guitar YouTube channel from the Martin Guitar NAMM Booth. The first video will feature CEO & Chairman Chris Martin IV discussing the 100th Anniversary of the iconic Martin Dreadnought. Followed by Scott Follweiler our Artist Relations Coordinator discussing a few of the 2016 new models. Rounding out the videos will be Chris Thomas, Artist Relations Director, discussing the new Aura VT and Matrix VT Enhance Acoustic Amplification System powered by Fishman.

Make sure you subscribe to the Martin Guitar YouTube and check back on the evening of January 22 for your first video.


 

Want to discover all of our 2016 winter new models? Click here.

You can also find an authorized Martin dealer near you to purchase these new models from here.

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Martin Monday: Even More 2016 New Models!

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Martin Guitar releases even more new models!

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STANDARD SERIES (Featuring New Aura VT Enhance ™ acoustic amplification system with Acoustic Imaging)

  • DC-35E: A Sitka spruce top is paired with East Indian rosewood sides and three-piece back in a classic combination called the DC-35E. (MSRP: $4,299)
  • OMC-35E: A narrow waist, small bodied guitar that produces a remarkable full sound, the OMC-35E is a must have for players of all levels. (MSRP: $4,299)
  • GPC-35E: Slightly smaller than a Dreadnought, the GPC-35E still packs a tonal punch. (MSRP: $4,299)
  • DC-28E: This Dreadnought, acoustic-electric cutaway takes advantage of the full tonal qualities of East Indian rosewood and pairs it with a solid Sitka spruce top. (MSRP: $4,199)
  • OMC-28E: An Orchestra, acoustic-electric cutaway, the OMC-28E is crafted with solid Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, black ebony fingerboard and bridge and a complementing black pickguard. Fishman® Aura® VT Enhance™ electronics. (MSRP: $4,199)
  • GPC-28E: The GPC-28E is a Grand Performance, acoustic-electric cutaway, featuring a solid Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, black ebony fingerboard and bridge and a complementing black pickguard. (MSRP: $4,199)
  • DC-18E: The warm tones of the genuine mahogany back and sides combined with a Sitka spruce top make this Dreadnought, acoustic-electric cutaway model truly sing. (MSRP: $3,899)
  • OMC-18E: The OMC-18E acoustic-electric cutaway model is crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top, genuine mahogany back and sides and solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge. (MSRP: $3,899)
  • GPC-18E: The GPC-18E Grand Performance, acoustic-electric cutaway model has been finely crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top, genuine mahogany back and sides and solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge. (MSRP: $3,899)

NEW 17 SERIES:

  • 000-17 Black Smoke: A solid Sitka spruce top and Mahogany back and sides are the foundation for this sloped shoulder Grand Concert model. (MSRP: $2,299)
  • 00L-17 Whiskey Sunset: The 000-17 Whiskey Sunset Auditorium model boasts a rich, warm sunburst finish that will delight any player with its aesthetic beauty. (MSRP: $2,299)
  • 00-17S Black Smoke: A Grand Concert addition to the 17 Series, this model features a beautiful satin black smoke finish with contrasting grained ivoroid binding. (MSRP: $2,299)

15 SERIES (Featuring Matrix VT Enhance™ acoustic amplification system)

  • DC-15ME: With an all mahogany body, the DC-15ME produces a warm, rich, full tone. This Dreadnought acoustic-electric cutaway model is complete with an East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge. (MSRP: $2,249)
  • OMC-15ME: The warm tones of mahogany pair beautifully with this small-bodied Orchestra model guitar. (MSRP: $2,249)

To learn more about our 2016 new winter models, click here.

You can also find an authorized Martin dealer near you here.

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Factory Favorite: Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Meet our factory favorite, Taylor Goldsmith of the band Dawes.

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Taylor Goldsmith is the talented lead vocalist and guitarist of Dawes. Along with his band, Taylor has released four incredible albums including the latest "All Your Favorite Bands." Taylor has mesmerized crowds around the world and recently performed acoustically on the Bluegrass Station's Sitch Sessions. You can watch this recent performance here. Taylor Goldsmith's Martin guitars of choice are the OM-28 Authentic 1931 and the OM-28E Retro.

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Learn more about our Factory Favorite Taylor Goldsmith here.

You can also find a dealer to test drive Taylor Goldsmith's Martin guitars of choice here.

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Martin Monday: 2016 New Winter Models

Today, Martin Guitar proudly introduces five of our winter 2016 new models.

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  • D-222 Anniversary Edition-Limited to only 100 fine instruments, the D-222 commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Dreadnought (1916-2016). A 12-fret Dreadnought crafted from a Sitka spruce top with Vintage Tone Systemmahogany back and sides, grained ivoroid binding, slotted headstock, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge, this guitar will be a cherished instrument for years to come (MSRP: $4,999).
  • D-28 John Lennon 75th Anniversary EditionTo commemorate John Lennon’s 75th Birthday, this model is limited to only 75 instruments. A solid Adirondack spruce top with Vintage Tone System is combined with Madagascar rosewood back and sides for a strong and powerful bass resonance – the back being inlaid with HD-28 style zig-zag peace sign marquetry. The Madagascar rosewood headplate is adorned with John Lennon’s famous self-portrait illustration that rests beneath the Martin script logo. This beautiful mother-of-pearl, John Lennon themed design is inlaid throughout this model to make this a truly unique instrument. (MSRP: $11,999).
  • CS-OM True North-16Limited to only 50 instruments, this Orchestra model features an ebony fingerboard, bridge and headplate, a solid Adirondack spruce top and exceptionally figured Koa back and sides, which produces a beautiful, well-balanced tone. (MSRP: $12,999)
  • 000-42 Authentic 1939-the 000-42 Authentic 1939 is meticulously crafted with hide glue construction, dovetail neck joint, solid Adirondack spruce top with Vintage Tone System, solid Madagascar rosewood back and sides and black ebony fingerboard and bridge. (MSRP: $14,999)
  • 00-18 Authentic 1931Faithfully reproduced with hide glue construction, dovetail neck joint, Adirondack spruce top with Vintage Tone System, genuine mahogany back and sides and a black ebony fingerboard and bridge, this 00-12 fret guitar will appeal to a broad range of players and musical styles with its well-balanced tone. (MSRP: $7,499) 

To learn more about our 2016 new winter models, click here.

You can also find an authorized Martin dealer near you here.

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Martin Monday: D-17M

The all solid wood D-17M brings back the look of the early Style 17 guitars.

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The D-17M features a solid Sitka spruce top with shaded gloss, solid mahogany back and sides, and tortoise brown binding. The Dreadnought body is a favorite of guitar players whether you are a finger picker or rocker. The D-17M is a member of the 17-Series family and is strung with SP Lifespan (MSP7200) medium gauge strings.

To learn more about the D-17M, click here.

You can also find a dealer to test drive the D-17M here.

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