Summer NAMM 2019: Martin Announces New American Chopper Custom Acoustic

(Image credit: courtesy of Martin)

Summer NAMM 2019: Martin recently collaborated with the American Chopper TV show and Paul Jr. Designs to build an automotive-inspired custom guitar and a three-wheeled vehicle that were featured in two episodes of the series in March.

Now, Martin has unveiled the American Chopper Custom acoustic, which is limited to only seven instruments and comes with a price tag of $39,999

The 14-fret dreadnought boasts an Engelmann spruce top and Guatemalan rosewood back and sides, and features design elements such as aluminum riveted panels—a first for Martin—and custom inlays in wood and copper.

There’s also European flamed maple binding, nickel open-gear tuners, skeletonized butterbean knobs and a stainless-steel label. The guitar also comes strung with Titanium Core strings. 

The American Chopper acoustic comes on the heels of Martin’s similarly unique D-16E Brexit design, both of which are part of the company's new Summer NAMM 2019 line.

For more information, head to Martin Guitar.

(Image credit: courtesy of Martin)

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.