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Martin M-36

The reimagined Martin M-36 is one of the most exciting additions to the 2018 Martin lineup. Until now, the M-36 has remained virtually unchanged since its introduction in the mid 1970’s, and although still a popular model before this year’s overhaul, we expect there to be a lot of excitement about this guitar from here on.

What sets the M-36 apart from other Martin models is its OM-depth 0000-size body. That’s right, four 0. This shape was originally built for the F series archtops in the later 1930’s and early 40’s, and is similarly shaped to an OM/000, but about an inch wider. Martin uses this shape for their Jumbo models as well, but those feature Dreadnought-depth sides. The M-36’s combination of shallower OM sides and a wider body make for a more powerful and louder guitar, relative to an OM; but with a less boomy and more balanced tone than a Dreadnought.

The M-36 (2018) now features forward shifted scalloped braces, vintage-style appointments, and classic M-36 design features, such as a 3-piece back, voluteless headstock, and rosewood bridge. The new 2018 version of the guitar is built much more lightly than its predecessor and sounds it. A lively, responsive, warm and focused guitar, the M-36 is possibly Martin’s most versatile instrument.

Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck with bound ebony fingerboard, 25.4” scale, 1-3/4” nut, and modified low oval carve. Antique white bindings with multi-stripe purflings and rosette, bevelled tortoise-celluloid pickguard, vintage toned high gloss lacquer finish. Old style CF Martin headstock logo, Grover tuners, bone nut and saddle.

With Martin moulded hardshell case

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