NAMM 2020: Martin unveils the SC-13E, an offset acoustic-electric with a revolutionary new cutaway and unprecedented fret access

Martin SC-13E
(Image credit: Martin Guitar)

NAMM 2020: Although Martin unveiled the majority of its 2020 range ahead of the show, it saved the best for last, with the radical new SC-13E, which “seeks to rethink what an acoustic-electric guitar can do”.

The SC-13E boasts an asymmetrical body shape for a balanced output that seeks to deliver more gain before inducing feedback, but the other big change appears around the back of the guitar, courtesy of a revolutionary new cutaway.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.