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GW live at NAMM 2020: Go inside Martin's revolutionary new SC-13E cutaway

NAMM 2020 (opens in new tab): Martin certainly kept our eyes busy with its monster, 29-strong acoustic launch last week. The iconic acoustic guitar manufacturer definitely kept its biggest launch up its sleeve though, saving the announcement of its remarkable SC-13E acoustic-electric until yesterday.

Notable for its patent-pending Sure Align neck system - which removes the heel and allows guitarists to access every one of the instrument's 20 frets - the launch was one of the most noteworthy we've seen at the show, and is a huge step forward for Martin.

With that in mind, we were super-excited to sit down with Martin's Raheen Shayegan to get a closer look at this amazing acoustic-electric, and to hear it in action.

"This is the first guitar we've designed, all the way from the ground-up, to be an acoustic-electric guitar that is a dedicated, comfortable, playable, adjustable platform for guitar players to play their best," Shayegan tells us. 

Check it out in more detail above, and be sure to look out for the rest of our always-growing NAMM (opens in new tab) coverage!

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Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.