Martin 00-X2E Grand Concert Electro Acoustic
Martin guitars have a unique, piano-like tone revered by musicians and music lovers all over the world. The X bracing patterns and quality tonewoods employed contribute to the complexity and richness of tone.
Over time the company has found ways to offer the “Martin sound” and feel for a lesser price and accommodate the entry-level/immediate player. Each series has a typical player and function in mind. This is accomplished by stripping down the features and cosmetics featured on Re-Imagined Standard series models, leaving the essential Martin build, giving you the classic and characteristic tone revered around the world.
Long ago Martin & Co. developed the bracing pattern that made the development of the steel-strung guitar more possible. The bracing pattern invented by Martin and adapted throughout the industry was the famous X brace. X bracing is characterised by a certain complexity of tone.
Under the hood, the scalloped Martin X bracing delivers the strong, piano-like sound that helped define the steel-strung guitar in 20th-century music and still does today. The 00-X2E sports a solid sitka top with a sapele-effect HPL back and sides.
** >Martin & Co. introduced the 00 body shape in the late nineteenth century as guitars developed from the simple parlour guitars of the nineteenth century. The 00 continued the inexorable growth of acoustic body sizes with more bass response and dynamic range.The smaller body size (and short scale length) lends itself to fingerpicking and is light and easy to handle. This body size used to be considered large!**
The scale length is 24.9 inches. This is called ‘short scale’. Short scale lengths cause the strings to be held under a lower tension at concert pitch. This means slightly less volume but the strings are more forgiving. The fundamental note rings very clearly with fewer overtones. The nut width is a broad 1 and ¾ inches, allowing a little more space for fingering and picking. A 1 and ¾ nut width is important for fingerpickers who may prefer the wider string spacing for playing what are called rest strokes. The neck is a specific Performing Artist neck with a high-performance taper.
Martin X Series guitars are fitted with Fishman MX electronics. The MX system includes volume and tone controls on the preamp inside the soundhole of the guitar.
The Martin 00-X2E comes supplied with a durable and water-resistant gig bag with headstock, bridge, and endpin protectors to ensure that this guitar can be kept safe and dry whilst travelling.
For users that require all the great features of the X series and some choice upgrades such as all solid wood construction, the addition of an inbuilt soundhole tuner to the preamp and a more premium case, check out the Martin 000-10E.
- Body size - Grand Concert
- Woods - Solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany effect HPL back & sides, select hardwood fingerboard and bridge.
- Cutaway - No
- Bracing - Scalloped X-brace
- Nut width - 1 ¾’’’
- Scale length - 24.9”
- Neck to body join - Mortise & Tenon
- Neck type - Performing Artist
- Finish - Hand Rubbed Satin
- Electronics - Fishman MX
- Case - Soft Case