New C.F. Martin X Series models – NAMM 2018

Andy HaldaneGeneral News

Martin Guitar to Debut Three New Martin X Series Dreadnought Guitars Along With New Premium Classical and Ukulele Strings at Winter NAMM 2018

Nazareth, PA (Winter NAMM, Booth 5602) – January 22, 2018 – C.F. Martin & Co.® (Martin Guitar) will debut three new X Series guitars at Winter NAMM 2018. The new models include the DX1AE Macassar Burst, the DX2MAE, and the D-420. The company, also known for producing high-quality guitar strings since 1970, is introducing a line of premium classical guitar strings, called Magnifico, and a line of premium ukulele strings. Both premium string offerings were developed exclusively with Aquila and are made with proprietary materials that offer precise intonation, superior tone and exceptional balance and projection. In addition to the new premium offerings, Martin will continue to produce their standard classical and ukulele strings.

New Martin X Series models

Martin X Series DX1AE-Macassar-Burst

DX1AE Macassar Burst

Tone and tradition in a tough, stylish package.
Solid Sitka spruce set off by a vintage sunburst finish for a look bold enough to match the timeless sound
of X-bracing and the body shape that started it all: the Dreadnought. Versatile and responsive Fishman
Sonitone electronics are discreet so you can shape your sound anywhere, anytime.

Martin X Series DX2MAE


Designed for those who have fallen in love with the look of Martin’s 15 and 17 Series solid mahogany guitars, this full-sized Dreadnought version of Martin’s recent 0XMAE features mahogany high-pressure laminate (HPL) top, back and sides, a herringbone applied rosette, a high-performance neck and a Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Richlite fingerboard and bridge. This warm projective X Series guitar is stage and studio ready with Fishman Sonitone electronics and built for strength to endure endless miles on the road.

Martin X Series DX420


This X Series version of Martin’s acclaimed DX-420 model from 2017 features a custom printed illustration by visual artist Robert Goetzl. This full-sized Dreadnought features a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany printed high-pressure laminate back and sides, a modified low oval neck with high-performance taper, and an FSC certified Richlite fingerboard and bridge. With warm bass and crisp highs, this great sounding, unique looking art guitar rings true to our ever-evolving country and culture.

Magnifico Premium Classical Strings

Martin’s premium classical strings are tonally superior to nylon and the proprietary synthetic material emulates gut strings that have been around for centuries. Magnifico strings, developed exclusively with Aquila, offer precise intonation and exceptional tuning stability. Unlike Martin’s standard classical strings, which have a ball-end, Magnifico classical strings will be offered only with the traditional tie-end. The premium line will debut with two models: Hard Tension (M165) and Normal Tension (M265).

Martin Premium Ukulele Strings

Martin is known for making exceptional ukuleles for over 100 years and now the company is proud to unveil a premium line of ukulele strings at Winter NAMM 2018. Developed exclusively with Aquila, the new strings provide precise intonation and clear, balanced tone with exceptional sustain and projection.

Martin’s premium ukulele string line will be launched with three models to suit every ukulele enthusiast: Soprano (M605), Concert (M610) and Tenor (M625). All Nazareth-made Ukuleles will be strung with Martin’s premium ukulele strings.

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