Acoustic Guitars - Vintage style and modern playability merge to create the Martin Retro Series. Within the Retro Series, you'll find a who's-who of Martins past, with new incarnations of...
Acoustic Guitars - Vintage style and modern playability merge to create the Martin Retro Series. Within the Retro Series, you'll find a who's-who of Martins past, with new incarnations of the legendary HD-28, D-35, D-45, D-18, 000-18, and OM-28. Each proves to be historically accurate aesthetically, but tweaked to meet today's gigging guitarist's needs.Everything Old is New AgainA quick, casual glance at any member of the Retro Series, and you'd think you were looking at an extremely well-preserved vintage Martin, not unlike some of the guitars that fill the Martin Guitar Museum: the tops are finished with aged toner, the appointments echo the classic stylings of 1930s- and 1940s-era Martins, and the body styles are among the most revered in all the guitar world. Even on the inside these Martins exude vintage, boasting standard X scalloped braces just like they used to.But Martin wasn't content to simply reissue these legendary instruments, equipping the Retro Series with Fishman F1 Aura for incredibly authentic onstage amplification and a reshaped the neck to give players a fluid, comfortable playing experience. The Martin D-35E Retro dreadnought acoustic- electric guitar gives you the timeless style of the legendary D-35, exquisite tonewoods, and top-drawer electronics. If you've always wanted the most exquisite Martin you could get your hands on, then don't miss out on this amazing D-35E Retro. From the classic warmth and projection of solid East Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce, to the looks of the black and white binding, this is one drool-worthy axe. The D-35E Retro is a flawless reissue of the legendary bluegrass and folk workhorse, outfitted with the choicest tonewoods. You get it all with this guitar - warm and wide-open sound and the kind of playability that makes you want to pick it up again and again.When you close your eyes and imagine the sound of an acoustic guitar, chances are that you're hearing the sound of a Martin D-35 in your head. That's no coincidence. The fact is - the sound of a D-35 is the result of the perfect balance between its dreadnought body style and the classic tonewoods it's made from. The Martin D-35E Retro features a back and sides made of solid East Indian rosewood, topped with premium solid Sitka spruce. The result is that, from day one, your D-35E Retro will give you the sweet and full sound you'd expect from a well-aged D-35. Ratcheting the bar even higher, the D-35E Retro features a lusciously playable modified low oval profile/Performin g Artist taper neck topped with with a buttery solid black ebony fingerboard. Acoustic guitars don't get any better than this!Rounding out the vintage vibe is the lack of a cutaway, despite these guitars all being equipped with Fishman pickup systems for awesome onstage sound. Purists will love the look, and the neck is so comfortable, you won't mis the cutaway at all - but more on neck in a minute.Vintage Tones, PluggedThat's a rundown of the retro side of the Retro Series, so lets take a look at what Martin tweaked to meet the demands of today's player. The first time you pick up a Retro Series, you'll notice the neck. It's slimmer, more comfortable, and built for incredible playability. Martin equipped these beauties with the Modified Low Oval profile with a Performing Artist neck taper, giving you a comfy feel that is equally suited for rhythm playing or higher-fret runs. Whether you're onstage or in your living room, you'll love the way you can effortlessly cruise up and down the neck. Acoustic players will find it familiar, but electric players will be right at home on it, as well.But the neck isn't the only thing drawing from modern inspirations. The Fishman F1 Aura system is both unobtrusive and incredible. The F1 Aura Plus gives you the option of using the undersaddle pickup, a variety of modeled acoustic sounds, or a blend of both, on top of onboard EQ, feedback suppression, and compression. Modeled, you say? It's not what you think!