C.F. Martin & Co has chosen this year’s Frankfurt Musikmesse to reveal three new guitars – a classic 0-18 and two new Dreadnought models, the DST and DSTG.
Martin says the DST and DSTG offer premium features like forward-shifted braces, ebony fingerboards and bridges, and bone nut and saddle which belie their ‘value’ pricing. The two new dreadnoughts, made in Nazareth factory, are available in satin or full gloss finish, the solid-wood sapele/sitka DST and DSTG have a tortoise coloured headplate, binding and heel cap. Designed with the European market in mind, Martin says, the newcomers are equipped with Martin Studio Performance (SP) strings and come with padded gig bags.
The new 0-18 has a scallop-braced Sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides that and a short expressive 24.9” scale with a modified low oval neck shape. Martin says the high performance parallel taper ‘…allows for easy action and fast playability’. Open geared nickel tuners with phosphor bronze strings and an ebony fingerboard and bridge complete the look of this classic parlour guitar.