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MARTIN CS-SC-2022 | REVIEW

Published 4 months ago on October 30, 2023

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Martin CS-SC-2022

MSRP: (UK) £8299 / (US) $7999

Nick Jennison takes a first look at the Martin CS-SC-2022. Packed with custom features—and the first Nazareth-made instrument with the revolutionary SC body style—it includes East Indian rosewood back and sides for a bigger and brassier sound than its predecessors. For the modern acoustic player who's after an extravagant guitar, there might be no better instrument on the market.

The Martin SC 2022 packs all the best of modern Martin quality into one guitar. Its unique and eye-catching design is what you'll first notice. Up close though, you'll find appointment after appointment carried out with exceptional quality to create a truly next-level acoustic. From the high-quality materials to the intricate inlay work all the way through to the fine finish work. Every part of this guitar is as premium as it gets.

If this guitar didn't look special already, then its rarity will surely add to that. Limited to just 300 models, this guitar is undoubtedly one for the collectors.

Aged Tonewoods

Listed as VTS (Vintage Tone System) by Martin, a torrified top does a lot for the tone of a guitar. By drying and heating the wood prior to the build, the wood is changed at the molecular level and the aging process is accelerated. All this is to say the top on this guitar, is both incredibly resonant and aged to the point it already sounds broken in. When you pick this guitar up it will sound like a guitar you've played your whole life.

LiquidMetal Bridge Pins

A unique feature, Martin guitars worked with a company called LiquidMetal to create new bridge pins for the custom shop and the result has been outstanding. Installed on a guitar the volume is increased by roughly 3dB! A welcome modern upgrade as well all want a little more volume.

Fishman Electronics

A guitar like this, you want the absolute best in electronics to translate the already gorgeous tones in the proper way. That's where Fishman comes in with the Aura VT Blend. This pickup system was designed between Martin and Fishman for the Martin Modern Deluxe series, one of Martin's highest quality lines of guitars. The Aura VT Blend was extensively developed to produce a great mic'd up studio sound simply by plugging your guitar in. As Larry Fishman himself says, "Astonishing Realism".

Every appointment on this guitar is not only carried out with care but utilises the highest quality materials available. If you can afford it, don't miss your chance to grab one while you can.

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