Martin have released their first 00-14 fret instrument hailing from the Retro Series which has been a success thus far. The 00-15E has plenty of character thanks to its all-mahogany construction and high quality onboard electronics, ensuring an all-round enjoyable playing feel and great sound output. Martin have kitted the 00-15E out with their popular SP Lifespan strings for unparalleled acoustic sound quality.
The 00-15E has a non-cutaway 00-14 Fret body type, offering a slick appearance and playing feel. A major contributing factor to this model's excellent sound is the use of mahogany in the top, back and sides. The body top features A-Frame "X" bracing which reinforces the material, to provide a long-lasting durable instrument.
The all-mahogany construction of the 00-15E adds to the guitar's vintage voice while giving it that element of added warmth, while its non-cutaway dreadnought shape also adds volume.
Firmly fitted to the body is a modified low oval hardwood neck which is shaped to the Performing Artist taper. This neck profile has an ultimately comfortable playing feel that facilitates the ability to play for a long duration of time. The neck is topped with a 20-fret ebony fingerboard which meets the body at the 14th fret. The ebony surface projects each note your fingertips land on with clarity. Short pattern diamond and square inlays decorate the fretboard and guide you along.
Martin have chosen to equip the 00-15E Retro guitar with Fishman F1 Aura+ onboard electronics. This features award-winning Aura Acoustic Imaging technology in a preamp that has been designed with ease of use in mind. The preamp is intuitive and has versatile controls that are positioned to make it easier to use during a performance. You have full tone control using the two control buttons alongside a bright LED display.
The F1 Aura+ preamp now also has an "easy mode" feature, so you can scroll through 3 custom-blended Aura Image presets. Plus you can alter from a natural under-saddle sound to a more "scooped" tone with enhanced treble and bass all with the one-knob Tone control. The preamp also has the original "Performance Mode" whereby you can access the 3-Band EQs, compressor, automatic anti-feedback filter and digital chromatic tuner.
Hardware and Finish
The body is fitted with a solid black ebony modern belly bridge which provides a string spacing of 2-3/16 inches. A 16 inch radius compensated white tusq saddle and bone nut offers support for the strings. The headstock of the Martin 00-15E is fitted with nickel open-geared tuning machines with butterbean knobs, so you can retune with accuracy alongside the built-in digital chromatic tuner.
Martin have done plenty of research on many of their own pre-war guitars to help construct the 00-15E, and so with the onboard F1 Aura+ preamp you can be sure to have plenty of volume without compromising on its vintage-style tone.
The Martin 00-15E comes equipped with the popular SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze light gauge strings, while a hardshell case is also included for added protection when out on the road.
Manufacturer Martin Model 00-15E Retro Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Mahogany Back & Side Material Mahogany Neck Material Hardwood Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape 00-14 Fret Non-Cutaway Colour Natural Pickups Fishman F1 Aura+ Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Tuners Nickel open-geared with butterbean knobs Scale Length 24.9 inch Nut & Saddle Compensated white tusq / bone Bracing A-Frame "X"
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