C. F. Martin & Co. Launches Inception™ Maple

Published 1 month ago on January 15, 2024

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

C.F. Martin & Co.® Launches All-New GPCE Inception™ Maple

Skeletonized bracing, sonic channels, and domestic tonewoods create a sustainable & sonically advanced guitar

Martin Guitar is unlocking the sonic beauty of sustainable tonewoods with the all-new GPCE Inception™ Maple. Combining nature and technology, this groundbreaking acoustic-electric features one-of-a-kind skeletonized scalloped bracing and sonic channels for increased resonance and superior tone – technology that’s purpose-built for this model’s particular tonewoods.

The skeletonized bracing and sonic channels inside the body (pictured below) work together to increase sustain and amplitude, optimize airflow, and reduce the guitar’s mass without losing structural support, making maple sound better than it ever has. It’s a testament to Martin Guitar’s relentless pursuit of innovation, taking the art of guitar manufacturing to new heights and new sounds.

Martin Guitars Inception Maple skeletonized bracing
Inception Maple skeletonized bracing

The GPCE Inception Maple is made from a combination of sustainable tonewoods, including an FSC®-certified European spruce top, maple sides, and an eye-catching three-piece back of maple and black walnut. These woods provide a clear, projective, and balanced tone, improving upon what has, up until now, been the standard sound of maple.

The guitar also features a new satin amber fade sunburst finish, black walnut binding, maple arrow fingerboard inlays, gold open gear tuners, a cutaway to help players reach the highest frets, a 25.4” scale length, LR Baggs Anthem electronics, and a molded hardshell case.

"The new Martin GPCE Inception Maple marks a new innovative approach to building acoustic guitars utilizing sustainable domestic woods,” says Fred Greene, Vice President of Product Management at Martin. “Our new innovative design will allow guitar players to experience the Martin tone they have always loved in a guitar made from woods sourced in North America. I am super proud of our design team for taking on this challenge and providing a creative and unique solution that guitar players will find both fun and inspiring to play."

Visit the Martin Guitar booth at The 2024 NAMM Show to experience this incredible instrument firsthand and stay tuned to for the latest updates.


C.F. Martin & Co. has been making the finest handcrafted acoustic guitars for nearly two hundred years. For some of the biggest names and the most revered musical legends across every genre and every decade. And we’ve been doing it with pure artistic passion, a deep love for all things music, and an unwavering commitment to our community and the environment.

But most importantly, we’re still doing it… for you. For current and future generations of pioneers, rebels, and dreamers. For the beginners, the pros, and everyone in between. We believe music is an unstoppable force. It raises us up. Tells our truths. Gets us on our feet. Expresses our deepest heartaches. And our greatest joys.

So, we’ll continue to make the very best acoustic instruments and strings for as long as there are people like you who love music and love making it. We want to be there to help you tell your story. To help you share your music with the world. To help unleash the artist within.

We’re ready for the next two hundred years. Want to come with us? Visit



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