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Martin GPCE Inception, SC-18E, SC-28E and Remastered X Series | New at NAMM 2024play button

Martin GPCE Inception, SC-18E, SC-28E and Remastered X Series | New at NAMM 2024


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The Martin SC-18E acoustic-electric guitar brings together the company's decades of experience crafting classic instruments with innovative features for the modern player. This gloss-finished guitar has the resonant solid spruce top, and mahogany back and sides, Martin is renowned for, producing full, balanced tone with articulate highs and warm, rich lows. With its comfortable neck profile and smooth satin finish, the SC-18E's patented Sure Align neck system allows easy playing all the way up the fingerboard. Timeless appointments like black binding and nickel open-gear tuners give the SC-18E a refined, vintage-inspired look. As part of the Standard Series, the SC-18E is handcrafted in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, using time-honored construction techniques and exquisite attention to detail.

Martin SC-18E Sides

Resonant Tonewoods Provide Versatile Sound

The Martin SC-18E's solid spruce top, and mahogany back and sides, are carefully chosen for their tonal properties. Spruce produces bright, complex overtones in the mids and highs, while mahogany projects warmth and richness in the lows and low mids. Together, they create a versatile sound that works equally well for strumming chords, fingerpicking melodies or soloing in the upper registers. An internal soundboard recurve further enhances the bass response, offering balanced, immersive sound across the tonal spectrum. The SC-18E's resonant complexity is one of its many charms, providing both players and audiences an acoustic experience unlike any other.

Martin SC-18E Sure Align Neck

Play Comfortably on a Sure Align Neck

The SC-18E's Sure Align neck system utilizes patented mortise and tenon joints for a strong, stable connection to the body. This also allows the neck to be crafted with an ergonomic slim profile and high-performance taper for comfort and speed, giving electric guitarists a familiar feeling platform to show off their skills. Combined with the smooth satin finish, these features make playing anywhere on the neck effortless, whether you prefer to hold the rhythm down, dazzle with lightning-fast leads or maintain a technical balance of both. Its 1-3/4" nut width is another win in the "comfort" column, perfect for smaller hands, long studio sessions or dynamic performances.

Martin SC-18E Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Refined Looks With Timeless Style

With its gloss top, satin neck and black binding, the SC-18E has an elegant, vintage-inspired look, simultaneously modernized by its unique, asymmetrical single-cutaway body shape. The guitar is spec’d with open-gear tuners featuring nickel hardware, a multi-stripe rosette and timeless tortoise pickguard. Its fingerboard and bridge are ebony, and the headstock is adorned with a signature Martin script logo. The SC-18E beautifully encapsulates nearly two centuries of master luthiery, with contemporary aesthetic and functional appointments appealing to traditionalists and trailblazers just the same.

Martin SC-18E Electronics

Control Your Amplified Tone

The L.R. Baggs Anthem system equips the Martin SC-18E with amplified tone reminiscent of professional studio-miked sound, combining a proprietary condenser with the brand's acclaimed Element pickup. Refining your tone is simple, using intuitively placed volume, EQ and body blend controls. Turning up the EQ setting adds air in the highs and punch in the mids, while dialing it back lends itself to a more neutral, natural acoustic voicing. The ingenious body blend control helps you style the most authentic acoustic sound possible by mixing the organic vibration of the soundboard with the saddle pickup—just kick it up for a robust, dynamic amplified sound, or tone it down for more crispness and bite.

The SC-18E acoustic-electric guitar is a premium instrument for players seeking unparalleled Martin quality established since 1833. Featuring a sleek, fast neck, deep single cutaway for upper-fret access, solid-wood construction and L.R. Baggs electronics, the SC-18E is stellar in looks, sound and feel. Experience your next workhorse acoustic-electric by demoing the Martin SC-18E at your local Guitar Center today.

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  • Back material: East Indian rosewood
  • Side material: East Indian rosewood
  • Top material: Spruce
  • Neck shape: Low profile velocity
  • Neck taper: High performance taper
  • Neck material: Select hardwood
  • Scale length: 25.4”
  • Material: Ebony
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Inlays: Mother of pearl
  • Nut width: 1-3/4”
  • Bridge Type: Sloped modern belly drop-in saddle
  • Bridge Material: Ebony
  • Tuning Machines: Nickel open gear
  • Pickup: L.R. Baggs Anthem
  • Case: Molded hardshell case

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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.

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