NAMM Show 2018: Martin Guitar to debut three new X Series models, Magnifico classical guitar strings and premium ukulele strings

Martin Guitar has announced that it will debut three new X Series guitars at the NAMM Show this week: the DX1AE Macassar Burst, the DX2MAE, and the DX420.

The company will also introduce a new line of premium classical guitar strings, called Magnifico, as well as a line of premium ukulele strings.

Both string offerings were developed exclusively with Aquila and are made with proprietary materials that offer “precise intonation, superior tone, and exceptional balance and projection”. In addition to the new premium offerings, Martin will continue to produce their standard classical and ukulele strings.


DX1AE Macassar Burst

This model has a solid Sitka spruce set off by a vintage sunburst finish on a body shape that started it all: The Dreadnought. Versatile and responsive Fishman Sonitone electronics are included.


Designed for those who have fallen in love with the look of Martin’s 15 and 17 Series solid mahogany guitars, this full-sized Dreadnought version of Martin’s recent 0XMAE features mahogany high-pressure laminate (HPL) top, back and sides, a herringbone applied rosette, a high-performance neck, and a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified Richlite fingerboard and bridge.


This X Series version of Martin’s acclaimed D-420 model from 2017 features a custom printed illustration by visual artist Robert Goetzl. This full-sized Dreadnought features an HPL printed top, mahogany printed high-pressure laminate back and sides, a high-performance neck taper for easy play, and an FSC-certified Richlite fingerboard and bridge.

Magnifico Premium Classical Strings

Martin’s premium classical strings are tonally superior to nylon and the proprietary synthetic material emulates gut strings that have been around for centuries. Magnifico strings, developed exclusively with Aquila, offer precise intonation and exceptional tuning stability. Unlike Martin’s standard classical strings, which have a ball-end, Magnifico classical strings will be offered only with the traditional tie-end. The premium line will debut with two models: Hard Tension (M165) and Normal Tension (M265). All Nazareth-made nylon guitars and custom produced nylon guitars will be strung with Martin’s Magnifico premium classical strings.

Martin Premium Ukulele Strings

Developed exclusively with Aquila, the new strings provide precise intonation and clear, balanced tone with exceptional sustain and projection. Martin’s premium ukulele string line will be launched with three models to suit every ukulele enthusiast: Soprano (M605), Concert (M610), and Tenor (M625). All Nazareth-made ukuleles will be strung with Martin’s premium ukulele strings.


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