The new range will come in four styles: D-18, D-28, 000-28, and OM-2 and represents an interesting mix of Martin traditions and new thinking.
Vintage appointments in the Modern Deluxe Series include a Sitka spruce ‘Vintage Tone System’ (VTS) top, VTS Adirondack spruce braces, a dovetail neck joint, and natural protein glue construction.
The 28-style guitars feature East Indian rosewood back and sides with a contrasting flamed maple binding, while the 18-style features mahogany back and sides with contrasting East Indian rosewood binding. All four models feature gold frets, gold open-gear tuners, and a pearl inlaid, 1930s style script logo on the headstock.
One of the ultra-modern features new to this series is a two-way titanium truss rod, which Martin says makes the neck ‘super easy to adjust’. It is also 64% lighter than a traditional truss rod. The models also feature ‘Liquidmetal’ red dot bridge pins and a carbon fibre bridge plate that Martin claims increases the volume by several decibels without adding weight.
One of the most interesting features of the series will be a brand-new neck shape said to offer an ultra-low profile. Apparently it is slightly asymmetrical for maximum hand comfort up and down the fretboard.
UK RRPs will range from £3,649 to £4,349.