How Martin redefined the acoustic guitar with the SC-13E

by GuitarDomain

A funny thing happens when you plug in an acoustic: even the most John Denver- loving, Kumbaya-humming strummers will suddenly want to play like they’re holding a Charvel San Dimas. It’s something that Fred Greene, vice president of product management at C.F. Martin & Co., has seen time and time again.

“I don’t know if it does something psychological or what, but you plug in your guitar, you expect it to play like an electric guitar. You give up all those acoustic features you’d normally come to expect. Obviously, you don’t need all that acoustic volume when you’re plugging it in, and the whole dynamic and the way you play starts to change.”

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While Martin has a long history of electric/acoustics with pickups and cutaways, the brand-new SC-13E is unlike any of the company’s previous efforts. With this latest innovative model, Greene believes Martin is giving modern players what they truly want.

“Playability was the number-one thing we wanted to address,” Greene says. “If you’re going to put a cutaway on a guitar, then allow me to actually go down there and play where the cutaway is. The problem with traditional acoustic guitars is you couldn’t do that because the heel was in the way. That means you have to address the entire way the neck and body are connected.”

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The SC-13E boasts Martin’s new patent-pending Sure Align system, which, according to Greene, will make adjusting the action and intonation easier than ever.

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