NAMM 2019: Martin updates Dreadnought Jr and Road Series, unveils three models

Take your pick from these acoustic workhorses.

Martin DSS DJR Road Feature

Martin has announced a slew of releases to follow the Woodstock tribute guitars. These include updates to its Dreadnought Jr and Road Series, as well as three new slope-shoulder guitars.

New guitars

New to the Martin catalogue are a trio of dreadnoughts that sport a D-14 Fret Slope Shoulder body size.

DSS-15M Streetmaster

Martin DSS 15M Streetmaster

The guitar sports a well-worn look that’s achieved by a mahogany burst top as well as dark mahogany back and sides. Its vintage appeal is augmented by relic’d nickel tuners and an old-style script logo on the headstock.

Modern features also make their way into the guitar’s construction, such as a scalloped bracing that ensures a well-balanced tone.

Retails at $1,799.

DSS-17 Black Smoke & DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset

Martin DSS-17 Models
Martin DSS-17 Black Smoke (left) and DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset (right)

These two models stand out from the pack with their elegant cosmetic appointments. They’re kitted out with gorgeous finishes, mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays, antique white bindings, and ivoroid pickguards.

Both models feature a solid Sitka spruce top that’s paired with mahogany back and sides. Each guitar also comes with a modified low oval neck that has an ergonomic high-performance taper. The nickel tuners and headstock logo from the Streetmaster also appear on these models.

Retails at $1,999 each.

Dreadnought Jr Series

Martin DJR models
Martin DJR-10 Burst (left) and DJR-10 (right)

This series is perfect for players who desire a big dreadnought tone in a smaller body. The two models – DJR-10 Burst and DJR-10 – sport a thinner 000 body depth that’s paired with softer back edges for increased playing comfort.

Both models come with either a sapele or Sitka spruce top, sapele back and sides, and a hand-rubbed hardwood neck. The models do not ship with a pickup system, but you can put down an extra $100 to load yours with Fishman Sonitone electronics.

The DJR-10 Burst is available in Satin Sunburst and lists for $799. The DJR-10 has a natural finish and lists for $699.

Road Series

Martin Road Series
Martin D-10E (left) and D-12E (right)

This series comprises full-sized, solid wood acoustics that are perfect for the budget-conscious player.

The biggest update to the series is in the electronics department, with each model now fitted with a discreet Fishman MX-T pickup and a built-in soundhole tuner.

Additionally, you’ll notice a gorgeous mother-of-pearl pattern adorning the guitars’ fingerboard and rosettes. The only exception to this design is the D-12E, which boasts a Style 28 rosette pattern instead.

Retails from $1,099 to $1,699.

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