For over 175 years, Martin has built a reputation for building some of the finest instruments in the world, used by top artists and highly sought after by avid players.
The Martin 000-17SM Acoustic Guitar harks back to the look of Martin’s early style 17 guitar, which had a distinctive stripped-back, raw feel. The 17 has long been the instrument of choice for many session guitarists as its excellent tonal balance is ideal for a myriad of playing styles and genres of music. Its ability to produce the quintessential “acoustic” voice has made it a favourite amongst players for decades.
The top is built from Solid Sikta Spruce, a North American tonewood that is a popular choice in the construction of high-end acoustic guitars. Sikta Spruce has the enviable combination of resilience, strength and elasticity, which gives the guitar a range of diverse tonal qualities from deep Lows, through warm Mids to crisp Highs. The top is reinforced using an A-Frame bracing technique, giving further strength to prevent the chance of buckling over time as well as giving a very secure feel to the body.
The back and sides of the guitar are built from Solid Genuine Mahogany, a naturally dense and warm sounding wood that reinforces the mid to low range frequency output of the guitar to give a richer character to the guitar’s sound output. The bellied design of the bridge, coupled with the mahogany back and sides, encourages the guitar to project a naturally fuller sound.
The neck is cut to the Modified Low Oval profile. The neck has a generous 25.4” scale length, which is home to 20 very playable frets. The fingerboard width at the nut is 1-3/4” extending to 2-1/4” at the 12th fret, giving a very comfortable surface.
The fingerboard has been crafted from Solid Morado wood, which some would argue offers a deeper yet snappier sound in comparison to Rosewood. It has a luxurious feel and offers a comfortable playing experience. The fingerboard contains 12 clear frets with a total number of frets up to 20.
The body is sealed with Tortoise colour binding. Extra protection has been given to the top with a shaded gloss and to the back with a satin finish. The position inlays along the fingerboard are composed of diamonds and squares on a short scale from the 5th to the 9th frets. The Open-Geared Tuners are constructed from Nickel with Ivoroid Button. The underside of the strings is protected from attack by a Tortoise colour pickguard.
Manufacturer Martin Model 000-17SM Acoustic Guitar Top Material Solid Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Solid Genuine Mahogany Neck Material Select Hardwood Fingerboard Material Solid Morado Body Shape Dreadnought Colour Natural Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Bridge Morado Binding Tortoise Colour - Brown Bracing A-Frame Nut & Saddle Bone Rosette Single Ring Pickguard Black Tuning Machines Golden Age Nickel Side Mount with Ivoroid Button Included Accessories 331 Hardshell Case
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