Martin 000-28 Modern Deluxe Review




The Upscale, Short-scale Martin 000-28 Modern Deluxe

Fundamentally Easy on the Ears, and the Hands

Specs include: All solid wood construction; Indian rosewood back and sides; torrefied Sitka spruce top with scalloped, 1/4″ torrefied Adirondack spruce bracing attached with natural protein glue, carbon fiber/torrefied Adirondack spruce bridge plate; short-scale Genuine South American mahogany neck with Vintage Deluxe profile, satin finish, two-way adjustable titanium support rod, hand-fitted dovetail neck joint and solid mahogany neck block; ebony fretboard with High Performance Taper, 1-3/4” width at nut, 2-1/8” at 12th fret, abalone Diamonds and Squares position markers, EVO Gold frets, solid bone nut; ebony bridge with Liquidmetal® bridge pins, compensated solid bone saddle and 2-5/32” string spacing; European flamed maple binding; bold herringbone purfling; high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish; high gloss Indian rosewood headstock faceplate with abalone script logo and golden Waverly open back tuners with butter bean knobs.

“Played lightly, and the 000-28 Modern Deluxe lights up like a Christmas tree, with a three-dimensional aura that is dominated by solid individual notes of fundamental color and remarkable sustain, with a lot of open inner-space behind them. Play the strings with vigor, and the notes bark and bite, blinking on and off, spanky and bluesy up top and with a quick reflection in the undertone that is dry and woody. It is a more open and airy voice than any rosewood Martin from the Standard Series, which tend to be dark and dense by comparison.”

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Martin CEO-9 Review

Chris Martin’s Introduces a New Tonewood on the CEO-9

Magnificent Mango Martin Makes Marvelous Mellow Music

Specs include: 14-fret Slope-Shoulder Grand Concert 00L size; all-solid wood construction, including curly mango back, sides, and top, 1/4″ scalloped Adirondack spruce braces, Genuine Mahogany neck with Modified V profile and traditional hand-fitted dovetail neck joint; ebony fretboard with Standard Taper, 1-3/4″ width at the solid bone nut, 2-1/4″ at 12th fret, Corian Style 42 position markers; ebony pyramid bridge with 2-5/16″ string spacing at the compensated solid bone saddle; Liquidmetal® bridge pins; composite carbon fiber/VTS Adirondack spruce bridge plate; Antique white binding on body and neck; faux tortoise pickguard and headstock face plate; Mango Sunset Sunburst top shading; full gloss body finish and satin neck finish; copper-color vintage-style open back tuners with butter bean knobs.

“For having the warm, full-bodied undertone provided by a solid mango wood soundboard, the CEO-9 shows off clear and glistening trebles, mid-range notes that punch with distinctly defined edges, and a plump bass that can get quite throaty and as round as a bullfrog. But they never get lost in the depths of the rich, bulbous bottom end.”

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Martin DSS-17 Review

DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset / Black Smoke

First long-scale large body Martin in the affordable 17 Series impresses mightily

Specs include: Slope-Shoulder Dreadnought size; all-sold wood construction; mahogany back and sides; Sitka spruce top with scalloped-braces; mahogany neck with Modified Low Oval Profile, Simple Dovetail neck joint; rosewood fretboard with High Performance taper, 1-3/4″ at the bone nut, 2-18″ at 12th fret; straight rosewood bridge with compensated bone saddle and 2-5/32″ string spacing; Antique White binding; ebony headstock faceplate with Authentic 1933 script logo; satin finish throughout; open-back Golden Age relic tuners with cream buttons.

Available in Whiskey Sunset burst finish with tortoise pickguard or Black Smoke motif with Antique White pickguard.

Light in the hand yet large in the ears, the DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset I played at the Martin factory was very impressive indeed, with distinctly defined fundamental notes that have an expansive depth behind them, reflecting the dry, woody mahogany tone, and amplifying the well-rounded bass notes that are weighty enough to reach down into the generous body cavity and inject some richness beneath the entire voice.”

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Martin DSS-15M StreetMaster Review

Martin’s DSS-15M with Sloped Shoulders and StreetMaster Styling

Mahogany mystique hits the streets as an affordable slope-shoulder dreadnought

Specs include: Slope-Shoulder Dreadnought size; solid mahogany back, sides, and top; satin finish with StreetMaster® distressed toner; solid mahogany neck with Modified Low Oval Profile; solid katalox fretboard with 1-11/16″ width at the bone nut; solid katalox belly bridge with compensated drop-in bone saddle, 2-1/8″ string spacing; scalloped A-Frame X bracing; Simple Dovetail neck joint; Old Style gold headstock logo; Golden Age relic tuners with cream buttons; short pattern Diamonds and Squares fretboard markers

“…as the thicker mids and barrel-chested bass notes are humming away, the trebles ring with a musicality that just puts a smile on my face, and effortless in how they are heard clearly from atop that warm, woody undertone, until their own sustain dips down into the massive cellar to meld with the lower registers.”

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