Martin SC-10E review

Martin's groundbreaking hybrid acoustic electric offers unparalleled playability at Road Series prices

Martin SC-10E
(Image: © Martin)

Guitar World Verdict

Martin puts its best foot forward with the affordable SC-10E, which goes above and beyond what an acoustic is capable of in playability and tone.


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    Effortless playability.

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    Near-limitless access to the upper frets.

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    Making action and intonation adjustments is easier than ever.


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    Nothing so long as you're onboard with the modern style.

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Venturing toward unchartered territory, Martin Guitar took a plunge in 2020 by introducing the avant-garde SC-13E model geared toward players who favor an acoustic guitar with the same degree of playability as an electric. 

It was a bold move from the time-honored, pedigreed company that’s well aware that its most ardent followers prefer their instruments deeply steeped in Martin’s most traditional shapes and sounds.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.