Martin SC-13E: Everything You Need to Know

The Martin SC-13E is a ground-up redesign of what an acoustic guitar can be. What makes it incredibly unique is the asymmetrical body and bracing shape. The lower bout still has all of the same real estate on the guitar, but it’s been shifted to get out of your way. They’re describing it as an S-Shape. The thought process there was whether it’s the stage, studio, street corner, or stadium, the S-Shape can do it all. Martin wanted to design a useful, comfortable, and playable guitar that would help make guitarists better.

Two more great features that work together to improve your playing are the new bridge (for comfort and ergonomics), and the 13th fret neck joint. This gives us the comfort of a short scale guitar in regards to playing position while still having the awesome tone of a longer scale length. Also, the new neck profile is designed to rotate your hand as you play up and down the neck. And the beautiful subtraction of the neck heel via the amazing carved out profile makes playing in the upper register a dream. This guitar was constructed to get out of your way by removing limitations. That includes the tone with its sonic profile that was designed to have a flat EQ. They want you to plug it in and sound great with minimal effort (if any at all).

Main Features

  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top and Bracing
  • Solid Ebony Fingerboard, Bridge, and Head Plate
  • Sipo Neck
  • Koa Veneer Back and Sides
  • Fishman MXT Electronics with Built-In Tuner that Mutes Output
  • Discreet Volume and Tone Control
  • Awesome Record Style Label
  • X-Bracing in the Soundhole on the Back of the Guitar


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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.