The Martin SC-13e is an acoustic-electric guitar that has been designed from the ground up. A brand new concept born from years of research it’s a radical departure from anything Martin Guitars has produced in the past.
[toc]The sc-13e is a new addition to the Martin Road Series of guitars. Martin has embraced the fact that not all players want a traditional guitar design. The design team wanted to come up with an acoustic that has the “comfort and playability of an electric,” they have done that spectacularly well.
While the SC-13e will appeal to electric players who would like an electric player-friendly acoustic. This is an instrument that should be considered by any player on its own merits. While it’s not a D-28 tonally, it’s not intended to be. However, it has that gorgeous well balanced Martin tone that sounds awesome both acoustically and plugged in. It is beautiful aesthetically, it’s ergonomic patented neck makes it effortless and comfortable to play with unparalleled access to the higher register up the neck.
- All-new body shape
- 6 String, an acoustic-electric guitar
- X Bracing
- Open-gear nickel tuners
- Heel-less Design
- Sure Align™ Neck System
- Built-In Tuner
- Fishman® MX-T Electronics
What I like about the Martin-sc-13e:
- It’s a guitar that sounds great both acoustically and plugged in.
- Its unique neck design allows unencumbered access up the top of the neck to reach all those high notes. (shredders take notice) It really does feel like an electric, its fast and comfortable.
- Martin has managed to enhance the feel of the neck with what Martin calls a “progressive taper” to enhance the feel of the neck as you play, It’s subtle but noticeable.
- Great for players who play leads up the neck. The SC-13e is also very comfortable to play for extended sessions, especially while standing.
- This is a guitar that is perfect for the player who gigs typically using both an electric and acoustic.
- The neck meets the body at the 13th fret instead of the 12th or 14th. That allows the tone of a long-scale and playability like a short scale guitar. The strap button has been moved to allow unencumbered access to the neck. The neck slips vertically onto the dovetail and secured by two bolts. This might be mistakenly called a bolt-on neck, it is not.
The combination of the tonewoods mahogany and Sitka makes for a beautiful and loud resonant modern tone, rich and balanced with sustain. Interestingly the tone bars have no scalloping, yet the treble side does.
Plugged in, it makes for a woody and warm sound.
The S-body shape is gorgeous, most of us are accustomed to the more traditional form associated with acoustic guitars. When you first see this guitar, odds are you will stare at it for a time. Personally, I love it, it just takes a little getting used too. You will come to love it even more when you realize how comfortable it is when you play it.
It feels smaller than it is because the first position on the fretboard is closer to the body, and the weight is centered on the neck joint, making the body seem shorter than it is. It hangs on a strap perfectly balanced.