The Martin Series Guide
PLAY THE GUITARS THAT SHAPED MODERN MUSIC.
They’re the backbone of Martin; distinguished instruments that created the template for the American acoustic flattop guitar. Standard Series models embody nearly two centuries of craftsmanship and technique—history made from wood and wire. These legendary guitars and the artists who played them helped establish country, folk, bluegrass, and rock. Today, you’ll hear their ringing tone echoing across the American soundscape and in music around the world.
Durable and Affordable without sacrificing tone
Martin X Series guitars are made for musicians that want the freedom to play how, where, and when they want without breaking the bank. Delivering legendary Martin tone, the X Series will easily make the transition from the couch, to the stage, to the great outdoors.
MODERN DELUXE SERIES
VINTAGE AND CUTTING-EDGE AT THE SAME TIME.
You appreciate the look, tone, and construction of vintage Martin guitars. You also want modern features like high-performance electronics and easy playability. You want your guitar to make a statement; one that lets you brag without saying a word. You want the Modern Deluxe Series.
SMALL WITHOUT SACRIFICE.
These are slightly smaller 000 or Dreadnought bodies that refuse to make sacrifices in tone or volume. Junior Series models are built for comfort and playability, making them ideal for your first guitar. But they’re also big on traditional Martin features like solid wood construction and ¼-inch scalloped X-bracing. They deliver all the tone you’d expect from a larger Martin guitar while ensuring you’ll never outgrow them. With a high-performance tapered neck, pleked frets, and a contoured back edge, Junior Series guitars are so comfortable that you’ll have a tough time putting them down. These smaller body guitars let you make great music, not compromises.
OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY.
The Golden Era is back: those years between the late 1920s and 1942 when a perfect storm of innovation, materials, and craftsmanship at Martin produced some of the world’s finest, most sought-after guitars that sound better as they age. The Authentic Series are new instruments constructed to be faithful looking and sounding reproductions of history-making, pre-war models like the D-45, D-18, and 00-17.
VERSATILE ENOUGH FOR WHATEVER AND WHEREVER.
A guitar built to go the distance; something you’ll play and prize from your first lesson to your weekly gigs and beyond. Martin 15 Series models are well-crafted, versatile workhorses that deliver classic tone anywhere you play—home, stage, studio— and they sound even better to players on a budget.
16 & 17 SERIES
LEGENDARY TONE MADE AFFORDABLE.
Our 16 and 17 Series guitars are built in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, with the same craftsmanship as their more expensive and famous cousins. They’re constructed using affordable tonewoods like mahogany and granadillo, making our legendary sound more attainable. Choose from a variety of finishes that match your personal style, including sunburst, all-black, and classic spruce gloss tops. Whether you love playing for yourself, need a guitar for writing, or enjoy hitting the stage, you’ll find a model that matches your skill level at a price that sounds great.
Made to perform equally well on stage or in a studio, Road Series models are ideal for working musicians or up-and-coming players looking for a guitar they can grow into. These instruments are professional grade, and they’ll be there for you every step of the way. With a Road Series model, you’ll enjoy solid wood construction, advanced electronics, elegant appointments, and a price tag with affordable written all over it.
LITTLE MARTIN SERIES
SMALL GUITARS THAT WON'T HOLD YOU BACK.
You love jamming with friends on the beach. Maybe you’re learning chords in a classroom. Either way, you don’t want to be limited by your guitar. Little Martins are small but offer big performance. They provide worry-free durability and amazing portability and sound great anywhere. Select models feature solid wood tops while all are professionally crafted using X-bracing as well as high-pressure laminate that resists scratching and blemishing. And you can own one for a super affordable price. Play your heart out. A Little Martin won’t hold you back.
PLAY THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUITAR.
It’s played around countless backcountry campfires, strummed on tops of mountains, and heard in the most remote locations on—and off—the planet. The Martin Backpacker goes wherever you do. Its sleek, slender body shape makes it easy to take almost anywhere and its crafted from solid tonewoods for a clear, crisp sound, no matter where on earth you play it. Like everything else with the Backpacker, even the price is small.