Four new models pay homage stylistically and sonically to the iconic Martin guitars of the 1930s and '40s.
C.F. Martin & Co has introduced the new Retro Series, which consists of four vintage-style models.
The D-18E Retro, D-45E Retro, HD-28E Retro and OM-28E Retro (pictured) pay homage stylistically and sonically to the iconic Martin guitars of the 1930s and '40s. The new range comprises traditional non-cutaway models, which offer significant advancements in plugged-in sound reproduction.
The company borrowed a 1942 D-45, 1941 D-28, 1937 D-18 and 1934 000-28 from Vintage Instruments and went about trying to replicate the sound of the museum guitars with the new series of instruments.
Martin teamed up with Larry Fishman and Grammy Award-winning producer Bill VornDick for a multi-step process. They utilised VornDick’s private collection of rare vintage and boutique microphones, many of which date back to the '30s. The collection added unique colouring to the plugged-in sound – reminiscent of the first microphones the museum guitars would have encountered in the studio.
The Retro Series instruments are vintage in appearance, but offer enhanced playability via a modern High Performance Neck taper and modified low oval profile. They also include the new Fishman F1 Aura + electronics system featuring 'Easy Mode', with three pre-blended mic/pickup presets and all the programmability of the original F1 Aura in 'Performance Mode.'