The new 16 Series guitars for 2017 sees new features added to the popular workhorse 16 Series guitars.
The biggest change is the use of sycamore and cherry as body woods. The dreadnought models get sycamore while the OM gets cherry. It seems like Martin is committed to using sustainable woods for production. Thumbs up.
Sycamore back on D-16E
Fretboard and bridge are made from FSC certfied ebony unlike previous 16 Series guitars with richlite fretboard and bridge.
Another special feature is that the new dreadnought models now come with a shallower depth that’s aimed to improve playing comfort. Martin has stated that the dreads now sport the same body thickness as their 000 size guitars.
Nut width and bridge spacing have also been changed for 2017. This should please many fingerstyle players who require the extra spacing.
The silver acrylic binding and heel cap stand out for these new models. Very nicely done indeed.
With restrictions on CITES woods in recent times, it is good to see more interesting alternative woods used for guitars.
*photos from norseguitar.com, gear4guitar.com and Guitar World