Martin Announces New Models for 2015
The new acoustic guitars announced by Martin & Co for Winter 2015 include new models and Limited-Edition ones. These guitars are set to make their first public appearance at NAMM 2015, which takes place later this month in Anaheim, California. Here's a look at what's coming up!
Martin will certainly surprise quite a few, with one of their most distinctive instruments ever, the D-28 Louvin Brothers signature, which reproduces the cover of their most notorious album, 'Satan Is Real'! The dreadnought 14-fret body is constructed with solid East Indian rosewood and the modified low oval neck is mahogany. The tuners are nickel wafflebacks with oval knobs. The interior label of each guitar will be signed by CFM IV and numbered in sequence with a total run size of 50.
However, all the other acoustic models are far more conventional, and look set to be some of Martin's finest guitars in years. The highlight of them all has to be the Martin D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary, which is constructed with solid Madagascar rosewood sides and back wings, a Brazilian rosewood back center wedge and headplate, an FSC certified European spruce top with ¼” high performance non-scalloped X-bracing, and ivoroid bindings throughout. The result - simply stunning!
Each D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model bears an interior label personally signed by C. F. Martin IV, an Anniversary booklet and is numbered in sequence with the edition total. Limited to 100.
The Martin CS-GP-14 is another great-looking guitar. Limited to 50, this grand performance, 14 fret non-cutaway model is built with complete hide glue construction. Both the rosette and fingerboard are inlaid with a concave diamond design made up of orange/red spiney recon stone with solid MOP. Looking as awesome as it sounds, the torrefied certified European spruce top is married with Guatemalan rosewood back and sides.
The back also features a figured cocobolo wedge and the side sound port for the Fishman Aura VT electronics features a rosette ring. The mahogany neck with the performing artist profile has a carbon fiber neck rod. Great looks, great sound makes a great guitar.
Finally, another highlight is the Martin D-18 Sycamore. This unique dreadnought 14-fret guitar has solid sycamore back and sides married with a torrefied Sitka spruce top. Torrefaction accelerates the natural aging process, which in turn gives the guitar the appearance and warmth of an aged guitar:
The modified low oval profile neck with a Performing Artist taper is also made of solid sycamore. Production of this guitar will be limited to 50.
If that's not enough for you, here's a look at more new guitars unvailed by Martin (click to enlarge):