Dating cf martin guitars
Typical examples of model names include: 000-18, D-28, OM-45. Guitars with the designation H for Herringbone in their name came with scalloped braces, at a time when many Standard Series Martins did not have scalloped braces.A 000-18 stands for Size “, the top of the line for a basic catalog model, which includes top grade rosewood with abalone shell inlaid along the edge of the spruce top, as well as every edge along the back and sides, in addition to fancy, abalone fret markers, and decorative binding on the neck, etc. Examples include HD-28, HD-35, and the no-longer-made 000-28H.I will differentiate the current styles with the same suffixes in the table below.2018 models with E in the model name come with either Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics or LR Baggs Anthem electronics, depending on the preference of the specific Martin dealer.When shopping for Martin guitars and you see something listed as a D-14, or OM-14, ask the dealer what was the base model or “starter model” for the custom guitar in question, which will tell you a lot more about the level of quality and construction than may be obviously apparent. Note: In 2019 Martin introduced Styles 10, 11, and 12 that are used in their Road Series of more-affordable acoustic-electric guitars. Styles below Style 18 have had a number of different types of construction, at times but usually not consistent with the traditional construction techniques still seen today in the Standard Series instruments.Therefore12 now has yet another meaning where Road Series models are concerned. For details of Martins made in Styles 17 and below, see the table further along in this article.Previous Standard Series models made with 14-fret necks had a 1-11/16” Low Profile Neck with 2-1/8” string spacing, except OMs, which had a 1-3/4” Low Profile Neck with 2-1/4” string spacing, and the 000-42, which had a short-scale 1-3/4” Modified V neck, similar to the Eric Clapton models*.Some models moved to the High Performance neck before others, starting around 2016. *No one seems to know why the 000-42 was not placed in the Vintage Series, since it had a Modified V neck.
In staying with customary sizing used by toolmakers and woodworkers, the higher the number on the left side of the dash, the smaller the size of a Martin guitar. So when they needed a larger size, Martin used Size 0. D = Dreadnought (similar to Gibson’s Jumbo size,) J = Jumbo (similar to Gibson’s Super Jumbo size.) Arriving after year 2000 were the Grand J = Grand Jumbo (similar to Guild’s Jumbo,) GP = Grand Performance (similar to Taylor’s Size 14 and the “Small Jumbo” size of many other makers,) and 00L = a 14-fret 00 with Long silhouette due to its “slope shoulders” that are similar to a 12-fret Martin.
All Standard Series six-string Martins now have the High Performance Neck.
This is defined as a Modified Low Oval Profile to the neck shape, and a fretboard with the High Performance Taper, which starts at 1-3/4″ width at the nut and is 2-1/8″ wide at the 12th fret, with 2-5/32″ string spacing.
It combines the nut width of Martin’s traditional 1-3/4” necks with the 12th fret width of their traditional 1-11/16” neck, and with string spacing a smidgen wider than that on the old 1-11/16” neck models.
Standard Series 12-string models have a modified version of the High Performance Neck.