Martin guitar models
Overview of the Martin Series: We have listed their series below alphabetically, with some of our favourite models highlighted.
Designed to appeal to the traditionalist, the 15 series are crafted to reproduce the look and sound of 1940s 15 Series models. Featuring East Indian rosewood on the fingerboard, Martin’s A-frame X-bracing, and solid mahogany tops and bodies, they deliver the vintage tone that is a hallmark of Martin’s legacy. Fingerboards and bridges are made of morado—a Bolivian rosewood.
Martin 000-15 Special Guitar: Those on the look out for ultimate tone and performance will be delighted by just how much this guitar has to offer, and even better it does this without hitting your bank account too hard. We love the ever popular 000 body size with classic all solid Sitka top with solid Mahogany back and sides build and it’s understated looks hide the perfect blend of impressive features to offer that great Martin tone.
Martin’s 16 Series instruments are appreciated by players looking for a moderately priced guitar that delivers a lot of sustain and punch. While they may not have all the cosmetic luxury of more costly series, they produce plenty of the famed Martin bass response and very evenly balanced overall tone.
With a rich history dating back to 1906, the Martin 17 Series have clean, vintage styling and can be used to produce satisfying sounds in diverse styles of music. These guitars are made from mahogany with Sitka spruce tops and rosewood fingerboards. There are no cutaway designs and all models are completed in two alluring finishes – black smoke and whiskey sunset.
Martin DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset Guitar: This guitar features a modified low oval neck with a high-performance taper for added comfort and includes a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, scalloped bracing, and an old-style script logo on the headstock. The DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset produces beautiful, dynamic tones that will please the most discerning musician.
This series is for you if you want an accurate recreation of a vintage guitar and if you have money. It includes the Martin D-45S Authentic 1936 Aged Guitar and a replica Size 1 De Goni Authentic 1843 guitar.
The Backpacker is a uniquely-styled travel guitar from Martin – likely the most uniquely styled they make. With its slim, neck-sized body, light weight, and low-price, anyone can afford to take the Backpacker anywhere. It has also been taken into space.
The Custom Signature Series is home to the Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffett, Jeff Tweedy and Ed Sheeran editions and the Martin CEO guitars, limited edition guitars where each model includes a label signed by Chris Martin IV and is numbered in sequence.
OMJM John Mayer: This incredibly intuitive and creative American instrument has much to offer any player wanting an ultimate Martin playing experience. It will appeal any fan of Martin guitar, and not just those who appreciate Mayer’s skill. The Martin OMJM John Mayer Acoustic Guitar really stands out in a range of other stunning classic models by offering a simply wonderful playing experience and plenty of stylish tone.
Martin CEO7: This guitar takes a stylish 00 size slope shoulder type of body design and provides the player with an intuitive shorter scale and some tasty upgraded specifications. In particular we like the Adirondack spruce top and scalloped bracing with the carefully selected premium Mahogany back and sides.
Martin CEO9: This exquisite 00 14-fret slope-shoulder acoustic guitar exhibits a curly mango top with a gorgeous gloss mango sunset burst finish, paired with figured curly mango back and sides.
Slightly higher in size price from the Little Martin series, this series is made for easy portability, with a full figure and great tone. The Junior has classic dreadnought style in a smaller body, with a 000-depth and soft back edges. It’s carved from solid sapele with a Sitka spruce top.
These guitars are the highest level of build and are delicately finished, ornate, or belonging to a famous guitarist, this guitars are consequently in high demand.
The Little Martin is the smallest, cheapest option from Martin guitars. Made in Mexico, its modified 0-14 fret, non-cutaway body is crafted from a variety of high-pressure laminate woods. The small size makes it good for students and people on-the-go. Some models even come equipped with Fishman electronics.
Martin LX1E Little Martin Electro-Acoustic Guitar: This guitar has really made a name for itself in recent years. In part this is because it in an extremely intuitive and very versatile traveler size electro, but also this exact model is the guitar that helped Ed Sheeran first work his way up the charts. The Martin LX1E is a wonderful sounding compact and great fun electro Martin guitar. The built in electronics system makes life easy when recording or out on tour. Includes a convenient travel style official branded gigbag.
The models in this series feature a Sitka spruce Vintage Tone System (VTS) top, top-quality wood binding, stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and a unique 1930s style script logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. These guitars have rich, fully aged Martin tone and are crafted from East Indian rosewood or mahogany in the case of the D-18 Modern Deluxe.
Martin OM-28 Modern Deluxe Acoustic Guitar: This fantastic is a new take on Martin Vintage, packed with custom features and modern technology that you have to see, feel, and hear for yourself. The vintage appointments give it the rich, fully aged Martin tone that has inspired generations. The look is unlike anything in Martins current production line to date with European flamed maple binding, stylish gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and a unique 1930s style script logo inlaid in pearl on the headstock. This guitar is anything but standard.
Made for ultimate acoustic playability these models have great electronics and features to make them smooth, sleek and comfortable to play. This series includes a dreadnought, Grand Performance and Orchestra Model; all with cutaways.
This intimate series recreates many wonderful guitars of bygone eras. Using precision craftsmanship, these retro-styled instruments capture the mystique and tonal emotion of priceless, pristine, and well-aged Martin guitars.
The Martin Road Series are Martin’s lowest cost instruments with all solid-wood construction. They feature more handcrafted details and more sophisticated electronics in the models making them perfect for performing musicians. The onboard Fishman Sonitone electronics have a preamp discretely mounted inside the soundhole for easy volume and tone control access and a pickup system that captures the top’s warm, rounded tone.
Martin D-10E Road Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar: A fitting member of the Martin Road Series lineup, the D-10E features a traditional 14-fret dreadnought body that’s crafted using a Sitka spruce top with sapele back and sides, to deliver a warm, balanced voice with outstanding projection. The contemporary Performing Artist neck, with Martin’s high performance taper, provides excellent playing feel while Fishman MX-T electronics make the D-10E the ideal choice for gigging guitarists.
The guitars which appear in this series are usually highly limited in production and frequently are to commemorate an event, person or idea. This collection has included a tribute to the late 1800’s Arts & Crafts movement, a Woodstock 50th Anniversary guitar, and a custom Brexit-themed guitar with artwork by Robert F. Goetzl
Including some of Martin’s most iconic and longest-running models the Standard series is the epitome of the Martin American series. With a higher price point, these are the guitars are the guitar of a lifetime or the one a performer saves for years to eventually buy. This series has all the varieties of models any musician could want and these three are notable:
Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar: Take the classic Martin D-18 for instance, with its mahogany body and spruce top, modified low oval neck with high-performance taper and ebony fretboard with abalone inlays. There’s also the East Indian rosewood/Sitka spruce combo of the OM-21 and the HD-35. There is no shortage of options in the Standard Series.
The all new D-28 blends the rich history of the guitar with Martin’s newest and most heralded innovations. The 184 year old guitar maker has combined vintage appointments, including open gear tuners, an aged toner top, antique white accents, and a faux tortoise pickguard with a new neck profile to give D-28 enthusiasts a modern feel and comfortable playing experience.Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:
Martin 00028 Acoustic Guitar: The New Martin 00028 takes an absolute classic sought after historically important acoustic guitar design and adds in some latest reimagined upgraded specifications. Features on this American crafted version include a traditional combination of sitka spruce top with rosewood back and sides, along with the traditional Dovetail neck join. This latest 00028 is the same sweet and balanced Martin guitar with scalloped X bracing and a 1-3/4 nut size, also boasts a terrific and comfortable intuitive neck profile. In our opinion the humble Martin 00028 is one of the real stars of the latest up to date Standard Series family of instruments.
The Martin X Series includes a wide variety of guitars that are high-quality and relatively affordable. Martin uses some innovative and environmentally friendly materials in constructing X Series guitars. Aside from the laminated tops, backs, and sides, these include Stratabond, a laminated hardwood used on necks to resist warping. Resin-based Richlite fingerboards and bridges hold up to many years of hard playing.Martin DX1AE: This guitar features a solid top and comes fitted with an on board cleverly tucked away pickup and pre amp that you can gain access to easily through the sound hole using hidden rotary controls. It has plenty of warmth at the low end and has a full even mid frequency with clarity at the top. This guitar has an excellent balance and it takes very little effort to start showing