The Martin SC-10E is an accessible acoustic-electric guitar with a look and feel unlike any other model in the company's history. One peek down the soundhole confirms it, where a large X-brace marks the spot of departure. Of course, Martin invented X-bracing in 1843, but never before have they put such a brace on the backof the guitar. The asymmetric body shape is also a new one—the contour is made for comfort. Grab the neck and you'll notice a difference, too—the profile is closer to an electric guitar than an acoustic. Made for the modern player, the SC-10E doesn't deny Martin history, it expands upon it, offering traditional tones with a playability and visual appeal all its own.
Want a Martin acoustic guitar that's comfortable?
The SC-10E has an offset body that conforms to the contours of your own, making it ridiculously comfortable whether you sit or stand. It's shallower than a dreadnought (4" versus 4.8"), mitigating feedback while still providing acoustic punch. Martin reconfigured the bracing to increase the low-end response, but every string rings with the same volume for a truly balanced sound. The top is Sitka spruce; back and sides are koa veneer over a mahogany core.
The Martin SC-10E is an acoustic that feels like an electric
It's often jarring to switch between electric and acoustic in the same set, because the neck profiles are so dissimilar. That's not a problem with the SC-10E—it plays as fast as your favorite electric. The back of the Low Profile Velocity neck is thicker by the bass strings and thinner by the treble strings near the nut. As you move up, it reverses—the treble side gets bigger, the bass side, slimmer. Though it might be difficult to visualize, the ergonomic feel is easy to internalize, making this Martin one of the easiest guitars to play in the company's lineup.
Why this guitar is superior for soloing
A cutaway is key for playing single-note lines high on the fretboard, and the one on the SC-10E acoustic-electric guitar is unlike anything Martin has ever done before. It's sculpted and smooth; the lack of a neck heel means you can soar up all 20 frets without your hand smacking into a hunk of hardwood. Keep the action low if that's your style, or raise it up if you play more rhythms—Martin's Sure Align system means everything can be adjusted in minutes. The SC-10E comes with a Fishman MX-T pickup, onboard tuner and a gig bag.
- Sitka spruce top with koa fine veneer back and sides
- Select hardwood neck in a 25.4” scale length
- Ebony bridge and fingerboard
- Fishman MX-T electronics
- Body type: S 13-fret cutaway
- Top wood: Sitka spruce
- Back & sides: Koa fine veneer
- Bracing pattern: Tone tension X brace, treble-side scalloped X with non-scalloped tone bars
- Body finish: Satin
- Neck shape: Low-profile velocity
- Nut width: 1.75"
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Neck wood: Select hardwood
- Scale length: 25.4"
- Number of frets: 20
- Neck finish: Satin
- Bridge: Ebony
- Saddle & nut: Compensated white TUSQ saddle and white corian nut
- Pickup/preamp: Fishman MX-T
- Tuning machines: Open-gear
- Orientation: Right-handed
- Number of strings: 6 string
- Case: Gig bag
- Country of origin: Mexico