NAMM 2019: Martin updates Junior line and new road-series guitars

As we fast approach the weekend of NAMM 2019, companies are already preparing new models to unveil throughout the event. Martin Guitar is the latest to tease some of what it will have on display to NAMM-goers this year. The company has announced that it will be revealing updated models of both its Dreadnought Jr. and Road Series of acoustic guitars. Additionally, it will be releasing a series of 3 new slope-shoulder style guitars for 2019.

Updated Dreadnought Junior Series

When it comes to updates to the Dreadnought Jr. Series of guitars, the new models will retain their big trademark dreadnought tone within a smaller body structure. Updates will include a thinner body depth with softened back edges to improve users’ comfort while performing on this model, and each one comes standard with Retro strings. The updated DJR series will come with a choice of sapele or Sitka spruce tops, cherry sapele backs and sides, and a hand-rubbed neck. The list prices on these updated guitars will range from $699-$899.

Updated Road Series

New additions to the Road Series guitars, which are loved by many fans of Martin products, are mostly design and electronics oriented differences. The new models for 2019 to go on display at NAMM will include a mother-of-pearl pattern in the fingerboard and rosettes in all models except for the D-12E which will include a style 28 rosette. Another noticeable difference is inclusion of new Fishman MX-T electronics with a built-in soundhole tuner. These upgraded guitars will come at a list price range from $1,099-$1,699.

New Slope-Shoulder Models

Finally, this lineup will include some brand new guitars with a slope-shoulder design. While we can not yet speak to the tone of these guitars, it seems as though they will come standard with designs and finishes that are sure to impress.

  • DSS-15M Streetmaster — $1,799
  • DSS-17 Black Smoke — $1,999
  • DSS-17 Whiskey Sunset — $1,999

All things considered, this seems to be a very promising new lineup of updates and brand new acoustic guitars from Martin, which will be premiering at NAMM 2019. We can’t wait to see them for ourselves and hear what they sound like.