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Martin announces the Grand J-16E 12-string, plus new Road Series and StreetMaster models for 2021

Gear 2021: One of our first stops at NAMM is the Martin booth, but with no physical show this year, we’ll settle for an announcement of a number of new acoustic guitars instead. As well as the already-announced Martin David Gilmour signature models, Martin has today lifted the lid on a flurry of new guitars.

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Starting with the Grand J-16E 12-string, we get a spruce-topped big-bodied 12-stringer with satin-finished East Indian rosewood back and sides. Of course, it includes Martin’s scalloped X-bracing, promising to “create beautifully resonant tone that fills the room even when unplugged.”

As mentioned, it’s an electro, and comes fitted with a Fishman Matrix VT Enhance preamp system.

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Martin Road Series Ziricote GPC-13E

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Martin Road Series Ziricote D-13E

The Road Series gets two new ziricote additions in the shape of the GPC-13E and D-13E. Both models feature a ziricote veneer on the back and sides. Not familiar? Martin describes it as “a tonewood with a deeply layered grain that has a mesmerizing mix of light tones and dark veins and a majestic, cathedral-like look”. 

The GPC-13E features a cutaway Grand Performance body while the D-13E is a non-cutaway electro, with spruce tops and Fishman MX-T electronics on board each model.

• NAMM 2021 is cancelled, but we'll be covering all the big January gear announcements right here on MusicRadar.

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It’s not all about the extra strings and fancy woods, though. Martin has rewarded the little guys with an addition to its affordable StreetMaster range in the DJR-10E. 

This Dreadnought Junior comes with sapele construction throughout (including a distressed finish that we think looks great), a thinner body and 24” scale-length neck for added playing comfort. 

The pickup system is a Fishman Sonitone USB making it ready for both the stage and your home studio.