Martin GP-18E Natural Fishman Aura VT Acoustic Electric Guitar
Martin GP-18E Natural Fishman Aura VT Acoustic Electric Guitar - The GP-18E Grand Performance, acoustic-electric model has been finely crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top, genuine mahogany back and sides and solid black ebony fingerboard and bridge. A sleek modified low oval neck with a high performance taper offers ease of play up and down the fingerboard. Tortoise color binding and matching pickguard embellish this model.
The Martin GP-18E acoustic-electric guitar will make you a believer. Everyone's definition of "perfection" varies, but ten minutes with this beautiful Grand Performance instrument in your hands will convince you. Martin instruments are insightfully designed and crafted, as this guitar masterfully demonstrates. Martin's sleek, Modified Low Oval neck with High Performance Taper offers silky playability up and down its precision-Plek'd fretboard. The ample, narrow-waisted Grand Performance body — with back and sides of genuine mahogany, and a solid Sitka spruce top — resonates mellifluous, rich tone with deep bass, liquid midrange, and ever-so-sweet highs. Onstage, built-in Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics accurately amplify the Martin GP-18E's sonic goodness.
Grand Performance playability
The Performing Artist body style's narrow waist is responsible in part for the Martin GP-18E's stunning clarity and projection — as well as its comfortable playability. Martin's fast High Performance Taper Modified Low Oval neck will instantly feel like home. You'll find the Plek'd ebony fretboard silky-smooth as your fingers fly over it. But Martin has not ignored the aesthetics: this axe is a head-turner. From the unique dot markers to the shape of the pickguard, understated good taste is in evidence throughout. The GP-18E is designed for performing and studio work, but it's also an instrument you'll want to treasure in your family for generations.
Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics
Fishman is just as much a leader in acoustic amplification as Martin is in guitar manufacturing. Martin has spec'd Fishman's Aura VT Enhance electronics system for this GP-18E to give it a natural and expressive voice when performing live through an amp or PA system. The Aura preamps have been favorites of Sweetwater guitarists for years. But VT Enhance raises the bar by using discreet soundhole-mounted controls for the pickup's volume and tone. The system is completely unobtrusive, and there are no control holes cut into the side of the guitar. You can rest easy knowing that the natural sound of your GP-18E will come through the speakers loud and clear.
Fishman's breakthrough acoustic imaging technology makes you sound like you're playing into a great mic in a room with impeccable acoustics. Aura VT Enhance is designed to capture the the guitar top's longitudinal energy, while rejecting transverse energy that reveals itself in the form of string squeaks, handling noise, and feedback. The GP-18E's onboard Aura VT Enhance system gives you studio-quality sound you can take to the stage.
It's a Martin…
Embracing the past, while looking to the future — it's a tightrope act, but Martin has always been able to pull it off. That's why they've consistently been a leader in acoustic guitar design, infusing their guitars with new materials, building techniques, and technologies — while producing fine instruments that age with grace to become highly sought-after, highly playable heirlooms.
Martin GP-18E Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
- Comfortable Grand Performance body with balanced tone and healthy projection
- Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics, for rich, natural sound
- Sitka Spruce top; Forward Shifted Sitka spruce 5/16" scalloped X-bracing
- Genuine mahogany back and sides
- Fast Modified Low Oval neck with High Performance Taper; dovetail neck joint
- Plek'd ebony fretboard with Old Style 18 abalone inlays
- 25.4" scale length
- Old Style 18 Multi-Stripe rosette; Faux Tortoise pickguard
- Style 18 back purfling/strip
- Faux Tortoise binding
- Multi-Stripe top inlay
- Bone Nut, width: 1.75"
- East Indian Rosewood Headplate
- Script Old Style headplate logo overlay
- Ebony Modern Belly-style bridge with drop-in compensated White Tusq saddle
- Nickel open-gear tuning machines with Butterbean knobs
- Finish: gloss (top, back, and sides), satin (neck)