Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 17 - Jul. 2004
In addition to the new signature edition guitars being unveiled at NAMM's Summer Session, Martin is proudly introducing a new line of stock models. Guitars include two new Little Martins. The LX1 and LX1E feature solid spruce tops and mahogany grained HPL back and sides. The LX1E is equipped with Fishman Mini Q Electronics. New from Martins' X-Series is the Dreadnought cutaway DCX1KE. With a solid Spruce top and koa grained HPL back and sides, the guitar also features onboard electronics. The DCX1RE is a Dreadnought cutaway with a solid spruce top and rosewood grained HPL back and sides, featuring onboard electronics.
Three new standard series stock models include a 000-42 with appointments that match the popular D-42. The J-41 Special is a jumbo model with vintage series appointments including style 45 snowflake inlays, forward shifted scalloped bracing and grained ivoroid bindings. The OM-42 Quilted Maple II is a limited edition run of only 30 special instruments. The Style 42 Orchestra Model features beautifully figured rare quilted maple, toned with a "British tan" violin style hand applied stain.
Two new electric/acoustic models are the DC-AURA and OMC-AURA. The Dreadnought and Orchestra models include the Fishman "Aura" System, full gloss lacquer finish and enhanced appointments that feature Style 41 top inlay, hexagon outline fingerboard inlays, and C. F. Martin script logo in mother of pearl on the headplate.
New Marquis Series offerings include the D-28 Marquis Sunburst and D-28 Marquis. Both guitars feature Pre-war herringbone D-28 specifications with the addition of an adjustable truss rod. Marquis Series feature Golden Era appointments with East Indian rosewood back, sides, and headplate.
Two new Vintage Series Acoustic Electric Models include the D18VE and HD28VE, both stock models with new non-invasive Fishman onboard electronics.
A new Tattoo Special Edition includes HPL imprinted graphics that draw unique inspiration from Tattoo related art forms. A special case and tattoo theme strap included.