Martin has unveiled the latest additions to its Modern Deluxe series of high end acoustic guitarsadding seven models that put a contemporary spin on the brand’s most classic – and luxurious – designs.
Acoustics 0012-28, 012-28, D-42, D-45, 000-42, 00-28 and 000-18 closely follow a trio of Martin SC acoustic electric guitars, and raise the bar when it comes to of specifications.
Overall there are solid Sitka spruce tops that are treated to Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS), a roasting process introduced in 2015 to artificially age the tonewoods and give the guitar the sweet quality and singing of a vintage instrument – but, of course, without any of the problems that can arise with buying an acoustic from the 50s.
This 21st century approach continues throughout the specification, with 2022 Modern Deluxe models featuring bi-directional titanium truss rods (64% lighter than steel), carbon fiber deck plates and liquid metal bridge pins for added sustain and improved sound. And there’s even a new Vintage Deluxe neck profile that takes Martin’s high-performance taper and makes it asymmetrical.
Necks join the body with a dovetail joint, with protein glue used as standard, and Martin backs these VTS tops with Adirondack spruce bracing. Elsewhere, some of these specs vary, so let’s take a quick look at the models in more detail…
Martin 000-18 Modern Deluxe
Martin went all out on the aesthetics of this 14,000 fret acoustic, using East Indian rosewood for the binding, complementing the gold open-gear tuners with gold frets, and applying a 1930s-style logo to the fretboard. doll.
There’s an “Old Style 18” multi-striped rosette, nicely offset by a tortoiseshell guard, while the ebony fingerboard is encrusted with “Old Style 18” abalone dot markers. Subtle but classy.
This sitka spruce VTS top is backed by Adirondack spruce bracing, with solid mahogany used for the back, sides and neck. This new asymmetrical neck profile features an inviting satin feel. The 000-18 Modern Deluxe has a scale length of 24.9″ and a nut width of 1.75″ (44.45mm). It’s priced at £3,500/$3,599.
Martin 00-28 Modern Deluxe
This 14-fret 00-28 complements its Sitka VTS spruce top with solid Indian rosewood on the back and sides. Again, there’s the same Adirondack spruce bracing, ebony top, 24.9-inch scale and 1.75-inch bone nut, and a touch of bling thanks to tuners and frets in gold.
The body features European flame maple binding and a Style 28 Multi-Stripe rosette. Also, this fingerboard has an inlay of diamonds and abalone squares. The 00-28 Modern Deluxe sells for £4,195 / $4,199.
Martin 0012-28 Modern Deluxe
As the 12 in the designation suggests, the 0012-28 Modern Deluxe is a 12-fret with a split headstock, a wider 46mm nut width, and solid Indian rosewood on the back and sides.
Gold side tuners and gold frets maintain the ambitious vibe, and small details such as the zig-zag European flame maple binding, Style 28 rosette, and square diamond and abalone inlay add to the compact, finger-friendly acoustics. designed to sound warmer than your average large concert acoustic.
The 0012-28 Modern Deluxe is priced at £4,395/$4,399.
Martin 012-28 Modern Deluxe
The 012-28 is the smallest guitar in the series. Acoustically 12-fret, it pairs the VTS Sitka spruce top with East Indian rosewood on the back and sides, and has a solid mahogany neck.
It has a 46mm bone nut, 24.9 inch scale, European flame maple binding and a Style 28 rosette to make it look good in the photos. And this split doll looks very cool in anyone’s book.
It’s priced at £4,395 / $4,399.
Martin 000-42 Modern Deluxe
The 000-42 Modern Deluxe is one of the most decorative pieces in the 2022 collection. It has the frets and tuners in gold, but look at this bound and square headstock, filled with Style 45 inlays, a look that continues on the ebony fingerboard and goes well with the abalone rosette. It’s exquisite.
Like the 00-28, we have spruce top and East Indian rosewood on the back and sides, and Adirondack spruce X-bracing to help make it sing. European flame maple binding finishes things off.
The 000-42 shares the same scale and nut dimensions, using the same dovetail neck joints and protein glue construction. But all those fancy details are going to cost you, with the 000-42 Modern Deluxe priced at £7,195/$7,199.
Martin D-45 Modern Deluxe
The D-45 Modern Deluxe is the one for you. It’s the classic dreadnought reinvented, impeccably dressed, and brings the age-old songwriter’s boom down to the minute with the same modern touches from the series, then a few extra special details.
As above, gold frets and tuners come standard, and the same construction principles have been followed. The 45 Style dress looks amazing on the 000-42, but even more impressive on the larger ‘dread format’ dread, with the Golden Era Style 45 Snowflake inlays the kind of aesthetic knockout that only Martin can pull off.
This D-45 has a scale of 25.4 inches, a nut width of 1.75 inches and is the most expensive model in the series at £10,495/$10,499.
Martin D-42 Modern Deluxe
The D-42 Deluxe retains much of the same specifications as the D-45. It too has a dreadnought shape, the torch inlay on the headstock. The main difference is that it doesn’t have the pearl binding on the headstock and body. It’s priced at £7,195/$7,199.
For more details on the Modern Deluxe series, head over to Martin.