At Telluride Music Co., we are honored to be an Authorized Dealer of C.F. Martin guitars. A new model for 2016, the Martin 00L-17 is like a reissue of a classic Martin small body that never existed. Although the slope-shoulder 00 body is new for Martin, it fits so neatly into the line it’s as if they’ve been building it for years. This 00L-17 features a solid Sitka Spruce top with a gorgeous Whiskey Sunset finish and solid Mahogany back and sides. With its grained Ivoroid binding, Golden Age Relic tuning machines and 1933 script logo, its design borrows heavily from Martin’s 183 years of tradition. Nevertheless, its functional drop in saddle—set into a prewar-style straight bridge—and its Modified Low Oval neck profile with Performing Artist taper show that this guitar will easily suit the demands of modern players. As for tone, this 00L-17 is warm, woody and dry with small-body punch and character. Its subtle response and smooth projection is a natural fit for fingerpicking, and the blues is definitely rooted deep in its DNA, but its scalloped X-bracing allows for nice response dynamics with a flat pick just as well. This 00L-17 Whiskey Sunset could surely pass for a reissue of an iconic old Martin, but it’s a new model that will certainly become a classic in its own right. Please call (970) 728-9592 or e-mail for an in-hand description.
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