This is a brief overview of Martin Guitars 17 Series acoustic guitars.
There are 6 different models in the 17 series ? plus an alternative finish for each model. Each model has an option to have a ?Black Smoke? finish or a ?Whiskey Sunset? finish, depending on your aesthetic preferences.
Being part of a series they have more similarities than differences ? but the different options will appeal to different people.
The guitars in the 17 series are:
These names all sound quite similar but they?re fairly simple to decipher.
- 000 stands for Martin?s 000 body type
- The 00 for the 17 series stands for Martin?s 00-12 fret body type
- The 00L stands for Martin?s 00-14 fret slope shouldered body type
- The 17 stands for 17 series
- Those with an ?E? in the name are acoustic-electrics
- I?m actually not entirely sure what the ?S? stands for in the 2 12-fret models ? but the only difference I can see (apart from being 12-fret and a different shape) is that they don?t have pickguards and the other models do.
You could also say that there are only really 3 different models ? each one has the option of electronics or no electronics, in addition to the color option.
Prices in the series range between $1,999 and $2,549.
All prices mentioned are in US Dollars and are the MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price).
Alright let?s take a look at each guitar individually.
Martin 000-17: MSRP $1,999
The 000-17 features:
- Body Shape/Size: 000 (Auditorium in other nomenclature)
- Solid Sitka Spruce Top
- Solid Mahogany Back and Sides
- Scalloped, X bracing – Sitka Spruce Bracing
- Modified low oval neck shape with high performance taper
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- 9? (632mm) scale length
- 1 3/4? (44mm) nut width
- Bone Nut
- Rosewood Bridge with Compensated Bone saddle
- Black Plastic bridge pins
- Cutaway: No cutaway (no models in this series have cutaways)
- Electronics: None for this model but there is an option that?s identical except that it has electronics
The 000-17 comes in 2 color options ? Black Smoke and Whiskey sunset. It features a shortened 24.9? (632mm) scale length (as do all the guitars in this series) for ease of play.
This model is in Martin?s 000 size ? aka Auditorium, which is a little smaller than a Grand Auditorium but a little bigger than a Grand Concert.
Martin 000-17: MSRP $2,549
The only difference between this and the 000-17 is that it has built in electronics (Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT1).
It also comes in the two different finish options ? Black Smoke and Whiskey Sunset.
Martin 00L-17: MSRP $1,999
The main difference between this and the 000-17 is that it is in Martin?s 00 Slope Shoulder size ? this is a grand concert sized guitar and is smaller than the 000-17.
All other specs mentioned above for the 000-17 are the same.
The table below shows the difference in size for the guitars in this series.
|000||00L (sloped shoulder)||00 (12 fret)|
|Overall Length||39 13/16? (1011mm)||39 9/16? (1005mm)||37 3/4? (959mm)|
|Body Length||19 3/8? (492mm)||19 7/16? (494mm)||19 5/8? (498mm)|
|Lower Bout Width||15? (381mm)||14 3/4? (375mm)||14 1/8? (359mm)|
|Body depth||4 1/8? (105mm)||4 1/8? (105mm)||4 1/16? (103mm)|
Martin 00L-17E: MSRP $2,549
This is the 00L-17 with built in electronics ? the ?Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT1 electronics like on the 000-17E model. This naturally raises the price too.
Martin 00-17S: MSRP $1,999
There are a couple of difference between this and the first guitar we looked at above. Compared to the 000-17 the main differences are:
- This is a 12-Fret model (meaning that the neck joins the body at the 12th fret as opposed to the 14th Most modern guitars join at the 14th fret).
- It is in Martin?s 00 12-fret shape/size (which is a little smaller again to the 00L models above)
- It doesn?t feature a pick guard as the other models do
Everything else, like the tonewoods, scale length etc are the same as on the other models.
Martin 00-17SE: MSRP $2,549
You guessed it! This is the acoustic-electric version of the 00-17SE.
Martin Guitars 17 series features 3 main models ? each with an option of electronics and without. The electric-acoustic models expectedly come at a higher price.
Each model, including the electric-acoustic models, come with the option of either a ?Black Smoke? finish or a ?Whiskey Sunset? finish. So all in all, there are 12 options.
There are 3 different shapes/sizes:
- 000 (Auditorium)
- 00L (sloped shouldered Grand Concert)
- 00 12-Fret (12-Fret Grand Concert)
The history behind the name Martin is justifying this brand positioning as one of the top ten acoustic guitar brands, so I don’t think you will have any problem visualising the work and dedication behind the Martin’s 17 Series guitars.