NAMM 2014: So Many New Guitars – So Little Time

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The C.F. Martin Guitars

C. F. Martin & Company continued its travel “back in time” to issue a number of new iconic models from the ’20s through the ’60s to their ever expanding Retro and Authentics series of guitars. They also added two new guitars to their Road Series and reinterpreted one of their classic products, Martin Retro Strings.

D-28 Authentic 1937In the Authentics Series, Martin presented the D-28 Authentic 1937, one of their most iconic guitars ever produced. The D-28 is produced from original specifications, confirmed by using X-ray technology on an existing 1937 museum guitar, to replicate the original precisely right down to the use of hide glue during construction. The D-28 features Madagascar rosewood back and sides with an Adirondack spruce top and the dimensions of the neck, fingerboard inlays, hand contoured bridge and shell inlays all accurately represent the 1937 D-28. The factory applying aging toner over the body for the correct finish. (MSRP $8499)

With the Retro Series, Martin brought back the D-35E Retro from 1967, using electronic imaging from a “donor” D-35. The Fishman F1 Aura Plus equipped guitar features a High Performance Neck taper, East Indian rosewood sides and three-piece back, a certified European spruce top and black pickguard. Perfect for intermediate and advanced players, the D-35E produces a wonderful tone that previously required a studio setting to produce. (MSRP $4499)

OM-ECHF Navy BluesIn collaboration with Eric Clapton and Hiroshi Fujiwara, Martin introduced the OM-ECHF Navy Blues guitar from the Martin Custom Shop. The 14 fret, spruce-topped 000-sized acoustic sports a distinctive blue finish and a label signed by Eric himself. (MSRP $6999)

Martin also announced an upgrade to their Martin Retro Strings acoustic line. Made from Monel, this new string formula quickly mellows to a vintage warm tone that enhances the earthy tones in your guitar. Providing clean and crisp leads and rich rhythm tones, the new nickel alloy blend provides a soft touch making slides and bends effortless. Martin Retros come in light and custom light gauges and work well for all music styles.


The Gibson Guitars

Gibson’s 2014 lineup includes 20 electric guitars and 6 basses, including more Min-E-Tune models than ever before. You can now get a Les Paul with Min-E-Tune for $849 (MSRP).

Les Paul with Min-E-Tune

The LPM (pictured in Satin Aged Cherry) allows those of you who want the Min-E-Tune system to jump on the bandwagon at less than $900. That’s not bad for an LP with Zebra styled hot PAF humbuckers.

The base model LP features P-90s, the ’50s neck and the great vintage LP sound at $569 (MSRP), the lowest price LP from Gibson.

Les Paul

The LP Standard still comes with Min-E-Tune for $2699 (MSRP) and features Burstbucker coil tapping, phase reversing and gold speed knobs. Naturally, the LP sound and playability come as standard equipment.

LP Standard

This Thunderbird bass features a multi layer neck-through-body design with mahogany body wings and three-point adjustable bridge for maximum sustain. T-Bird Plus pickups, black chrome hardware and the classic look and feel round out the 2014 T-Bird Bass. (MSRP $1999)

Thunderbird Bass

The new SGJ, launched in 2013 as a 2014 model, is a stripped down, no nonsense tone machine with ’61 Zebra humbuckers, road-worn finish and ’50s profile neck. Gibson claims it is the best value for the money in an SG. (MSRP $499)


New for 2014 is the Derek Trucks SG, featuring deeper scarf styling on the body, bound 24 fret rosewood fingerboard, vintage red stain and Classic ’57 Humbuckers. Vintage tuners with a Tune-O-Matic bridge and a Lyre style tailpiece (that seems to have no reason to be there, actually) complete the package. (MSRP $1899)

Derek Trucks SG

In the acoustic arena, Gibson announced the new Hummingbird Quilt, with quilted maple back and sides and spruce top, finished in bright hand-rubbed Cherry Sunburst. An L.R. Baggs element pickup brings the Hummingbird sound to the stage. Throw in the great playability of a Hummingbird and this guitar is a hard one to beat. (MSRP $3699)
Obviously, this is just a sample of the new guitars available from Martin and Gibson so jump on their websites for more info.

Hummingbird Quilt

Gibson Guitars

Doug Knight

Our “Man on the Street” reporter, with his “What’s New in Music Stores?” series, resides in Coos Bay, OR. You can find him on Friday nights at The Small Events Center at OrCoast Music in Coos Bay.

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