When it first unveiled the offset SC design at NAMM two years ago, Martin wanted guitarists to re-think what was possible on an acoustic guitar.
Featuring a bold cutaway that grants unprecedented upper fret access for an acoustic, the SC line – which was expanded with the unveiling of the SC-10E, SC-13E Special and SC-13E Special Burst in January – was a significant step for the storied company.
To celebrate the models, earlier this spring Martin launched – in partnership with Guitar World – the No Limits Challenge, an exciting competition where eight up-and-coming guitarists face off against one another, covering tunes one wouldn't normally associate with an acoustic using a Martin SC model.
For the quarterfinal round, the eight competitors were split into four genres – funk/R&B, '80s rock, '90s rock and classic rock. Sophie Burrell, R.J. Ronquillo, Helen Ibe and Gretchen Menn advanced from there to the semifinal round, which featured two more genre-based face-offs.
For this grand finale matchup, the two guitarists truly brought their A-game. Menn wows with a serene acoustic instrumental called Venice, while Ibe shows off her impeccable compositional skills with a unique mashup of Classical Gas and Stevie Wonder's Superstition.
Who decides the winner, then? That distinction belongs to you, the reader! Take a look at the two performance videos, and cast your ballot for your favorite in the box at the bottom of the article. It's that simple.
For more info on Martin's SC acoustics, visit the company's website (opens in new tab).