The Martin 00-17SE Grand Concert Electro Acoustic Guitar in Black Smoke is a sleek and sophisticated model that offers a punchy midrange energy and a heavenly playing feel. Don't let the diminuitive dimensions fool you however, this little beauty is equipped with electronics that allow you to go from the most intimate of stages to the grandest of stages. Coming into its 184th year, Martin know a thing or two when it comes to building durable guitars with the ability to endure, and the 00-17SE Black Smoke reaps the rewards of this experience.
Grand Concert body
The 00-17SE Black Smoke has been crafted to the Grand Concert body shape, which possesses a shallower depth than that of a dreadnought whilst retaining a full waist. The combination results in a body that offers exceptional playing comfort and is great for players with a shorter reach. The timbre produced is delivered with a deft articulation and is often favoured by fingerstyle players.
Martin has employed solid Sitka spruce as the tonewood of choice for the body top. Boasting the enviable combination of resilience, strength, and flexibility, Sitka is a dream soundboard that projects with graceful dexterity. To prevent unwanted buckling or warping, Martin's time-tested scalloped X-bracing is on hand to ensure that the soundboard is suitably reinforced whilst resonating unimpeded. Grained Ivoroid binding encircles the body top, which complements the cool Black Smoke finish beautifully.
The back and sides of the guitar are built using mahogany, a naturally dense and warm sounding wood that establishes a hearty mid to low-end timbre, which works well with the Grand Concert body shape to create a subtle tonal balance. The back and sides have been treated to a satin finish, which prevents tackiness from developing to ensure a smooth playing feel every time.
Select hardwood neck
Fitted to the body is a select hardwood neck, which is shaped to the modified low oval profile with a high-performance taper. The neck is designed to inspire a fast playing feel, which is enhanced by the addition of a protective satin coating. Married to the neck is a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, which is adorned with Mother of Pearl inlays to guide your way in style.
The Martin 00-17SE Black Smoke is equipped with a Fishman Matrix VT Enhance bridge-plate mounted transducer, which ensures that the acoustic sound of your guitar is amplified transparently. The discreet Volume, Tone and Enhance Blend controls are mounted within the soundhole, and therefore no holes are cut into the body to establish an interface. The rich aesthetic and tonal character of your guitar is preserved in all its glory, whilst offering peerless responsiveness to your playing dynamics and feel.
Fitted to the body is a modern straight-line rosewood bridge with drop-in compensated white Tusq saddle. The bridge/saddle partnership creates a seamless connection between the strings and body to optimise intonation and sustain. At the top of the neck you'll find the bone nut, which works alongside Golden Age Relic nickel tuning machines to uphold tuning integrity and string tension dutifully.
The Martin 00-17SE Grand Concert Electro Acoustic Guitar in Black Smoke is perfect for players of any musical style, for flat pickers and fingerstyle players alike. For solo shows, it offers a delightfully intimate sound, and thanks to the built-in Fishman electronics, you can rest assured that it can hold its own as part of any ensemble.
Manufacturer Martin Model 00-17SE Grand Concert Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Mahogany Neck Material Select Hardwood Fingerboard Material Rosewood Body Shape Grand Concert Colour Black Smoke Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Bridge White Tusq Binding Grained Ivoroid Bracing Scalloped X-Brace Nut & Saddle Bone Rosette Multi-Stripe Tuning Machines Golden Age Relic Nickel Included Accessories Ply Hardshell Case
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