The Martin 000-17E Auditorium 6-string acoustic-electric guitar is for players looking for a vintage-style guitar with a unique look. The 000 body style delivers a balanced, detailed tone, which the onboard custom electronics amplifies to perfection. It’s a favorite among fingerstylists. The combination of spruce, mahogany, and rosewood is used for the rich harmonics. And the 000-17E boasts a no-nonsense look that works onstage or in your living room. The Martin 000-17E Auditorium combines some of the most popular elements in vintage acoustic-electric guitar construction with modern updates to the guitar’s playability.
Vintage construction, modern playability
The Martin 000-17E acoustic-electric guitar has the popular Auditorium body that has been a favorite among performing guitarists for many decades. Its body delivers rich low end, while giving each note a balance and clarity that works as a solo instrument or for accompanying your voice. The neck joins the body at the 14th fret for a total scale length just over 24.5″. And the neck is built with Martin’s Modified Low Oval profile with High Performance Taper to appeal to modern players’ demands.
Sonically rich wood combination
The mahogany, spruce, and rosewood wood combination used on the 000-17E is exceptionally popular for the way it balances warmth, detail, and a wide frequency response. The solid Sitka spruce top offers great stiffness-to-weight ratio to get maximum volume and power from your strings. The solid mahogany back and sides ensure your tone stays even across the frequency range, while delivering plenty of warmth. And the rosewood fretboard also contributes to the rich harmonic warmth of the guitar.
Martin and Fishman have been working together for over 30 years in an effort to build the best acoustic-electric guitars on the market. And they recently teamed up again to create the Matrix VT Enhance pickup system that you’ll find in the 000-17E. This system consists of Fishman’s popular Matrix under-saddle pickup and a new Enhance element that can be blended into the signal separately via the soundhole-mounted controls. The Enhance function lets the natural sounds of the guitar come through, which is ideal for players using techniques such as body tapping.
Both modern players who want a striking-looking instrument and lovers of vintage Martins will love the straightforward appearance of the 000-17E. The guitar’s minimal fretboard inlays and simple ivoroid binding and pickguard give it the look of a well-loved prize from the pre-war era. And Martin’s satin finish helps enhance the tone of the guitar by letting the woods move and breathe naturally.
- Vintage-style acoustic-electric guitar
- Solid mahogany back and sides
- Solid Sitka spruce top
- Bone string nut and compensated saddle
- Neck joins the body at the 14th fret
- Compact body for a clear and focused sound
- Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT1 Electronics