NAMM 2020: Martin's monster acoustic launch supersizes the X2 Series and debuts the positively rococo D-42 Purple Martin

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NAMM 2020: Martin has announced the launch of 29 new acoustic guitars ahead of Winter NAMM 2020. The launch welcomes the arrival of two new limited edition models, a quartet of electro-acoustics to the award-winning Modern Deluxe Series, four new additions to the 16 Series, with the remainder swelling the ranks of the hugely popular entry-level X Series.

The limited edition models are the best place to start. Priced $3,649, the D-18E 2020 revises the classic dreadnought with a East Indian rosewood on the headplate, fingerboard, binding, bridge, and heelcap. The D-18E 2020 features a solid sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and an LR Baggs pickup and preamp, and otherwise has much the same DNA as its kin in the Standard Series. Limited to 2020 instruments

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.