At the coming Summer NAMM, Martin will present a number of new models and an updated version of their iconic D-28 acoustic. One of the most exciting new models is the Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) Signature Edition.
New Martin D-28
The D-28 dreadnought has been around since 1931 and it has become an American classic that was used by many famous artists like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and John Lennon. For the updated 2017 version, Martin has combined vintage appointments with more modern features. The luthiers who worked on the updated guitar were inspired by both the pre-war and the post-war versions of the legendary dreadnought model, and they added some modern features that greatly enhance the feel and playability of the new Martin D-28.
The top of the 2017 Martin D-28 is finished with an aged toner and the guitar has a stylish antique white binding. Classic open-gear tuners and a faux tortoise pickguard also add to the classy looks of the instrument, while the modified low oval neck profile with high performance taper is a modern touch that feels comfortable in your hand. Thanks to the new forward-shifted bracing, the top can vibrate more freely which enhances the sound.
Martin Ed Sheeran ÷ Signature Edition
Like the other Ed Sheeran signature Martin guitars, the new ÷ model is based on the LX1E Little Martin. This new signature edition was named after Ed’s third and very successful album ÷ (Divide) and it features a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany HPL back and sides, a fingerboard made from FSC-certified Richlite material and high-quality Fishman Sonicore electronics.
The Divide symbol is etched on the guitar’s top, and you can also spot it in blue on the headstock and as position markers on the fingerboard. The blue sound hole rosette matches these markings and the Martin Ed Sheeran ÷ Signature Edition has a big sound that’s ready for the stage.
Other new models
Other Martin guitars that are new for 2017 include:
- Model America 1: a limited edition dreadnought based on the D-18
- D-Boak: a Custom Signature Edition dreadnought with artwork by Dick Boak
- D-18 Jason Isbell Signature
- D-18 RG: a Custom Signature Edition dreadnought with artwork by Robert F. Goetzl
- D-15M StreetMaster: a solid mahogany dreadnought from the 15 Series
- 000-15M StreetMaster: a solid mahogany 000-model from the 15 Series
- 0X2MAE: a small-bodied, all-mahogany electro-acoustic
- GPC-16E: a Grand Performance model with the depth of a 000