NAZARETH, Pa. – August 15, 2019 – C. F. Martin & Co.® (Martin Guitar) introduces five new guitar models for the fall season. The launch includes additions to the popular Road Series and X Series, and a D-45 Woodstock 50th Anniversary model.
D-12E Koa and 000-12E Koa
With the D-12E Koa and 000-12E Koa in Martin’s lineup, now more players can turn their dreams of owning a koa guitar into reality. The back and sides of these gorgeous models are constructed with koa fine veneer, which is an environmentally conscious, alternative-wood option, made by bonding koa hardwood to an African mahogany core. The result is the show-stopping look of a koa guitar in two popular body sizes at a great price. Along with legendary Martin tone, balance, and comfort, you will get mother-of-pearl-patterned rosette and fingerboard inlay, a full-gloss body, a soft-shell gig bag, Fishman® MX-T electronics, and Martin’s Authentic Acoustic Lifespan® 2.0 strings. With all that, one of these fine Koa Road Series guitars will undoubtedly become your go-to gig guitar. List price $1,599.
Formerly known as the DXK2AE, this new D-X1E gets some notable upgrades for fall 2019. The top, back and sides of this new guitar are constructed from a gorgeous, koa-pattern high-pressure laminate (HPL), generated from premium Hawaiian koa that was specially selected from Martin’s wood stores. It is equipped with Fishman® MX electronics and strung with Martin’s Authentic Acoustic Lifespan® 2.0 strings. All this gives the D-X1E a great look to match its room-filling sound. Add in a new soft gig bag featuring headstock, bridge, and endpin protectors, a durable water-repellent exterior, and foam padding, and this model is truly a stage-ready guitar. List price $649.
Like the D-X1E, the new D-X2E sports some exciting upgrades from its predecessor, the DX1KAE, starting with the top, back and sides being constructed from a gorgeous, koa-pattern high-pressure laminate (HPL), generated from premium Hawaiian koa that was specially selected from Martin’s wood stores. Additionally, a mother-of-pearl-pattern rosette and fingerboard inlay step up the flash of this model while a new wood neck, bridge, and fingerboard make the instrument lighter and more balanced and offer better sound transfer. It is also equipped with Fishman® MX electronics and strung with Martin’s Authentic Acoustic Lifespan® 2.0 strings, giving the D-X2E superior sound to match its great looks. Add in a new soft gig bag featuring headstock, bridge, and endpin protectors, a durable water-repellent exterior, and foam padding, and this model is truly a stage-ready guitar. List price $799.
D-45 Woodstock 50th Anniversary
The D-45 Woodstock 50th Anniversary guitar is the third and final instrument in a series celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the epic 1969 Woodstock music festival. Preceded in 2019 by the DX and D-35 models, the D-45 Woodstock 50th Anniversary is the most opulent of the three, with East Indian rosewood back and sides and abalone inlay throughout. It features special artwork of the iconic Woodstock dove perched atop Martin’s alternate torch design on the headstock. “1969–2019” adorns the fingerboard, and a peace sign decorates the heelcap. It includes an embroidered ply hardshell case and is strung with Martin’s Titanium Core strings. This model is limited to a run of 50 instruments. List price $13,999.
To see all of Martin’s 2019 models, please visit www.martinguitar.com/new.
About Martin Guitars and Strings
C. F. Martin & Co.® has been Inspiring Musicians Worldwide® for nearly two centuries with their superior guitar and string products. Martin guitars and strings remain the choice for musicians around the world for their unrivaled quality, craftsmanship, and tone. Throughout the company’s long history, Martin products can be seen and heard across all genres of music and in all segments of pop culture, from concert and theater stages to television and movies.
With an unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible manufacturing practices, Martin continually drives the acoustic guitar market forward, introducing innovative features that have become standards across the industry. These groundbreaking innovations include the introduction of X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar, and the “Dreadnought” size guitar.
Martin has also led innovations in strings, such as introducing the first high-tensile strength steel-string core wire; the first nickel acoustic strings (Martin Retro®); the proprietary Titanium Core strings; and now the groundbreaking, new Authentic Acoustic line, which offers unmatched stability, tone, comfort, and longevity. Learn more here: www.martinguitar.com/aa.
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