Martin Custom Shop Super Dreadnought!

C. F. Martin & Co. introduces the CS Super Dreadnought for Autumn 2022

The new Super D is Available at Custom Shop Expert Dealers in two varieties

CS SD specs include: New SD-14 Fret body size; all-solid tonewood construction, choose between high flame koa or Guatemalan rosewood back and sides, Vintage Tone System Sitka spruce top with tri-color wood fiber herringbone purfling; forward 5/6″ scalloped Sitka spruce bracing; Genuine mahogany neck with a traditional full dovetail neck joint, Modified Low Oval profile; ebony fingerboard with High Performance taper, 1-3/4″ width at nut, 2-1/8″ at the 12th fret, long pattern Diamonds & Squares fret position markers; ebony belly bridge with short saddle and 2-5/32″ string spacing; abalone script headstock logo; nickel Grover tuning machines; natural nitrocellulose high gloss body finish and satin neck finish.

Read the Full Review Here

Review: Martin CS-SC-22

The first Martin 13-fret guitar made in the Custom Shop, the CS-SC-22 shines

New tone-improving technology exceeds expectations

CS-SC-13 specs include: 13-fret asymmetrical S body size with deep scoop cutaway; solid East Indian rosewood back and sides; solid VTS Sitka spruce top, with newly patented internal soundboard recurve; VTS Adirondack spruce Tone Tension X-bracing with proprietary shaping; heel-less solid Genuine Mahogany neck with Sure Align neck joint system and ergonomic Low Profile Velocity shaping; solid ebony fingerboard with High Performance Taper and EVO Gold frets; solid ebony belly bridge with 1930 profile but smooth contour surface; 2-5/32” string spacing; abalone shell appointments exclusive to this model; faux tortoise asymmetrical teardrop pickguard; gold-colored Waverly high-ratio open back tuners; Fishman Aura VT Blend electronics with Aura HD imaging and onboard anti-feedback technology. Comes with a silver molded hard-shell case with plush lining.

“Unplugged, the CS-SC-22 resonates with a warm harmonic complexity beyond the capability of other SC models. But its maximum potential will be realized during amplified on-stage performances.”

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Read the in-depth CS-SC-22 review HERE

Martin CS-SC-22 Acoustic-Electric Hybrid

New from NAMM, the CS-SC-22 is deluxe indeed

Martin’s first S model made with solid tonewoods in Nazareth, PA


The in-depth review will be published soon, so stay tune.

Martin Renames New Models

Custom Authentic D-28 1937 Now Called Custom Shop D-28 1937

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The new 000-28 1937 model likewise renamed

As reported here last month, C. F. Martin & Co. announced two new and very special guitars that are available only from dealers in Martin’s new Custom Shop Experts program. Essentially, these new models made by the specially-trained Custom Shop employees use specifications previously only available on Authentic Series models, but also have some features of less-expensive Martins to make them accessible to players with more-modest budgets, even if they are priced above the Standard Series and Modern Deluxe Series instruments.

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This notice is posted in an effort to avoid any confusion that might be caused by this change to the official model names.

Why Does Martin Warranty Card Show a Different Model?

A Reader Asks Why His Martin “GPC-16E Special” Warranty Card Shows A Different “Model”

Mark from Iowa writes –

I purchased a Martin guitar and when I registered it the warranty card said the style was CMGCGT0083. Is that explainable? It was sold as GPC-16E Special.

Spoon Replies:

Hi Mark and thanks for your query,

As far as I can tell, these hieroglyphs say that your guitar was made for Guitar Center/Musician’s Friend, with a long history of Martins designed exclusively for them. So, it is not technically a GPC-16E because Martin either wasn’t making them at this time for the regular catalog, or the ones they were making had some different specs.

For instance, 16 Series GPCs weren’t offered in rosewood for some time. Also, GPCs in the 16 Series are built with a 000 side depth rather than the actual, deeper GP depth, with less bass boom for anti-feedback reasons. That includes the new 2020 GPC-16E Rosewood.

Your guitar being rosewood, from a time when Martin wasn’t offering that, and possibly having true GP depth, are the probable reasons it was “special.”

Also, your guitar was likely marketed by GC/MF before Martin cracked down on dealers saying things like “Custom D-18” or “GPC-16E Special” in their marketing copy, when Martin wasn’t actually naming specific models that way. Today, Martin dealers are required to say something like “Custom GPC with 16 Series styling and onboard electronics.”

Personally, I feel it would be better for Martin if they said, “So long as it has the same neck joint and bracing as the standardized model and the same cosmetic styling, regardless of the wood species, neck shape, etc., the neck block stamp should read:

GPC-16E
CUSTOM

But they never listen to me.

Hope that helps!

Stay safe, keep well,

Spoon, out

Martin CS-CF Martin Outlaw-17

Martin’s Custom Shop Series and Authentic Series meet up in the CS-CF Martin Outlaw-17

Yesteryear mahogany dreadnought with the ultramodern, High Performance neck

Specs include: All-solid wood construction with hot hide glue joinery throughout, Vintage Gloss finish, Big Leaf mahogany back and sides; M1 Vintage Tone System torrefied Adirondack spruce top; torrefied, hand-shaped, forward-shifted Adirondack spruce bracing with Authentic Series scalloping; non-tucked, circa 1937 torrefied maple bridgeplate; fine herringbone top trim; Old Style 18 wood fiber sound hole rosette; Vintage Gloss mahogany High Performance neck, Modified Low Oval profile, 1-3/4″ at nut, 2-1/8″ at 12th fret; ebony fingerboard with bone nut and Old Style 18 dot markers of green Abalone; modern ebony bridge with compensated, drop-in bone saddle; Antique White binding; faux tortoise shell pickguard and bridge pin dots; Brazilian rosewood headstock face plate with Golden Era logo; nickel open-back Waverly 4060N tuning machines; 5-ply Harptone case; optional electronics available

This CS Series model is limited to 100 instruments

Woody to be sure, it has an old dry box resonance that is accentuated by a torrefied spruce soundboard. The undertone remains open and uncluttered, yet with a glowing presence reflecting the hum of each string… At times, that tonewood combination had those singing trebles soaring through the room – and straight to my heart, as uplifting as sunlight streaming through the flawless glass of a spotless, squeaky-clean window.

Use CS-CFMartin Outlaw-17 bridge

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