Martin Shawn Mendes 000JR-10E review

Shawn Mendes's signature 000 Junior foregrounds sustainability but also offers a tone that's bold and ready for open mic night

Martin Shawn Mendes 000JR-10E
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Another solid performer for this end of the Martin line alongside the Dreadnought Jr, but the appeal beyond Shawn Mendes fans may well rest on how you feel about that signature inlay and the premium to be paid for the sustainability.


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    Impressive sounds from a compact acoustic.

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    Shorter 24" scale is very approachable for younger players.

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    100% FSC-certified tonewoods.


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    Not everyone will appreciate the signature fretboard inlay.

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    You do pay a premium for sustainability.

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Signature guitars are a funny business – for every fan you can attract with an artist model, there are more that could also be turned off. Shawn Mendes is a suitably massive pop star to justify the bold step of... wait for it... an inlay signature here. Yep, we told you it was bold. 

The swallows (inspired by the musician’s hand tattoo) on the 000JR-10E’s bridge have positively universal appeal by comparison, and the laser-etched lyrics inside the body are subtly and randomly selected for each guitar. So subtle in fact that we couldn’t even find it inside our review model! But there’s more to this Custom Artist Edition than cosmetics.

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.