Martin 000C-16GTE

Opinions are divided over the best way of amplifying high-end flat-tops such as Martins. All existing solutions had their advantages and drawbacks, until Martin’s introduction of the 000C-16GTE.

This ingenious instrument is fitted with a Fisherman Prefix Premium preamp system that can blend together (or select separately) the outputs of an under-saddle transducer and an internally mounted microphone. The instrument’s outstanding unamplified sound is worth taking the trouble to preserve. It’s spruce top and mahogany body deliver all the mellow sweetness traditionally associated with 000 Martins, and it’s cutaway and Micarta (ebony substitute) fingerboard make it easy as well as rewarding to play.