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Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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The Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a polished gloss body, a solid Sitka spruce top, and a fingerboard and bridge crafted from ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Aura imaging delivers studio-quality live sound without elaborate miking setups.

The Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a polished gloss body, a solid Sitka spruce top, and a fingerboard and bridge crafted from striped ebony. East Indian rosewood back and sides yield a warm, resonant tone. The JC-16RE comes with Fishman's onboard Aura system which features sound images derived from studio recordings of the guitar being played into high-end condenser microphones. These sound images can be blended with the Martin Gold+Plus pickup for unequaled studio quality reproduction of the world renowned Martin tone. Aura also includes programmable digital EQ, feedback control and chromatic tuning.

FEATURES
  • Play with the highest quality sound of a studio recording
  • Choose from six pre-recorded sound images
  • Option to blend Sound Images with the Gold+Plus pickup
  • Convenient onboard digital tuner and feedback controls at your fingertips

Martin and Fishman team up on an acoustic-electric for the ages.

SPECIFICATIONS

JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • CONSTRUCTION: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
    BODY SIZE: J-14 Fret CUTAWAY
    TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
    ROSETTE: Single Ring
    TOP BRACING PATTERN: J1 Hybrid
    TOP BRACES: 1 Style/Scalloped
    BACK MATERIAL: East Indian rosewood
    BACK PURFLING: Style 45
    SIDE MATERIAL: East Indian rosewood
    ENDPIECE: White Boltaron
    ENDPIECE INLAY: Black/White Boltaron
    BINDING: White Boltaron
    TOP INLAY STYLE: Multiple Black / White
    SIDE INLAY: B/W/B Boltaron
    BACK INLAY: B/W/B Boltaron
    NECK MATERIAL: Select Hardwood
    NECK SHAPE: Modified Low Oval
    NUT MATERIAL: White Corian
    HEADSTOCK: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Square Taper
    HEADPLATE: East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil Logo
    HEELCAP: White Boltaron®
    FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Solid Striped Ebony
    SCALE LENGTH: 25.4"
    # OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
    # OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
    FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 3/4''
    FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 1/4''
    FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Style 28 Abalone Dots
    FINGERBOARD BINDING: White Boltaron®
    FINISH BACK & SIDES:PolishedGloss British Tan Stain w/Lime Yellow Filler
    FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss
    FINISH NECK: Satin
    BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Striped Ebony
    BRIDGE STYLE: 1 Style Belly
    BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 1/4''
    SADDLE: Compensated White Tusq
    TUNING MACHINES: Chrome w/ Small Knobs
    RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
    BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/Black Dots
    PICKGUARD: Tortoise Color
    CASE: 380 Hard Shell
    INTERIOR LABEL: none
    ELECTRONICS: Fishman Onboard Aura„¢
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MartinJC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just awesome

By Andrew Cowan

from N. Carolina

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The best guitar purchase I have ever made. This is the first acoustic guitar that I have spent some serious money on over the 25 years I have been playing, worth every penny.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Acoustic, ehhh electronics

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

So i had been looking at this guitar for quite some time and tried it a few times, and it sounded amazing unplugged! The finish, the craftsmenship, the integrity! Top notch! Does not disappoint there! My problem that I had was the electronics, i tried one at guitar center just a couple days ago and was not impressed by the Fishman Aura. I first heard how it blended pickups and mic and i thought it was a brilliant idea and must sound fantastic, but then i listened to it through a bose amp and i thought it was not that good. yeah it has multiple settings for tones and six aura settings, but i found like one aura setting that sounded decent. I played that and also played some taylor 614 and 714 plugged in the same amp and the expression system sounded much better even with the slight "vvvvvv" sound of the es when playing, not trying to pitch for taylor.Overall, dang fine guitar! Beautiful guitar, prestine tone (unplugged), and a very very VERY commfortable guitar despite it being a "jumbo." In my opinion, change the electronics to something like L.R. Baggs and you have yourself an incredible guitar!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best of the best

By Scoter man1

from A2, MI

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I went picked this guitar up in the music store and it immediately just sang. This has to be the best sounding, highest quality acoustic guitar I have ever played and heard. It has a beautiful thick bass balanced well with the sweet mids and crisp high's. Not to mention, it can project VERY well. This is definitely the loudest acoustic guitar I've ever played. The overall build quality of this guitar feels like its made for a king. The neck is perfect, the action, the everything. Best guitar I've ever played, period. If I had the money, I would have walked out with it. If you have the money, you should click that buy button. You wont regret it at all.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding!!!

By VoodooChile68

from Springfield, MO

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is first rate-across the board. I play a LOT of guitars and I am extremely critical. When I tried this guitar out it actually felt as though it was fighting back. I have owned it for over three years now and, like other Martins, it is getting better with age. The spruce top is a lovely shade and has opened up beautifully. The tone just gets better with age and the feel is amazing. Love the guitar. Love the electronics. A very mature guitar, for players who know the difference between a truly great guitar and one made to sound good out of the box. A lifetime instrument!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Couldn't Believe It

By Roger B

from Waukesha WI

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I wanted to purchase a new guitar and as always started looking in Musicians Friend. I came across the JC-16RE-Aura and after looking at the picture I had my doubts. Luckily, I didn't stop there, I read the reviews. I have to tell you that there are gifted musicians that buy here and what I found is that if anything they "UNDERRATED" this guitar. It is exceptional.They had sooo many good things to say I went to the closest guitar store and first played and then bought it. I have three Martins (D15CE,00018 and DXME) and they pale next to this guitar. I strongly recommed it to anyone who wants to play a truely quality guitar and not break the bank. I would also like to give a shout out to the reviewers who really know their guitars, you guys are the best.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Underrated Gem

By Jeff H

from Lancaster, PA

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had this about four months and have played it every Sunday as part of my church's worship team. I was using a Taylor 410CE before that and wanted better electronics and a little more bass. I still have the Taylor for backup, but the JC16RE is my main guitar now. First, the electronics make playing in a band setting very predictable. The Aura system allows me to dial in the right tone for the PA and permits me to avoid feedback. The onboard tuner is a big plus too.The build of the guitar is very clean. Workmanship is top notch. I have owned two other Martins (D018 and OM18V) and this is probably a notch up in overall design, fit and finish. The spruce top is tightly grained and very responsive. Sustain is what you would expect from a fine guitar. The back has a slightly rounded shape giving a lot of deep bass and punch when you want to dig in. The neck is the modified low oval, which is about the same heft as the Taylor, but with the subtle hint of a "V" shape. Very comfortable. I like both the JC16 and the Taylor's necks - the best I've played. Tuners are a keeper. The 1 3/4 inch neck suits my fingerstyle playing as well as for any necessary strumming. I think the Taylor strums better, but overall, this is a better all around instrument. I generally play it seated, but it comes with strap pins installed at the heel of the neck and at the end pin, if you want to use a strap. It is not a heavy guitar, although the depth of the body is apparent. If you are pretty small, this may be too big for you. I am 6 ft tall and have no problem reaching around the large body.I am very happy with it and would definately get another if anything happened to it. This is a great value for the money. I was looking at a higher end Taylor and aside from the fact that this actually sounded better, the price was one-third less. It will only get better with age!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Satisfied

By Stutz7

from Altoona, Iowa

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Absolutely beautiful guitar. Fit and finish were perfect. Factory setup was great. Unplugged the tone is really nice, warm and responsive. The neck is butter smooth. Plugged in this guitar really comes alive. The 6 Aura settings are very nice, I prefer number 1. You have to plug the guitar in to get the tuner to work, which is my only complaint. Well worth the money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Absolute Favorite

By Doglegdan

from Casper, Wyoming

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

If I could give this guitar 10 stars in all categories I would! Besides having been a player for 48 years I am a collector and have a wall full of classic guitars (acoustics,electrics,acoustic-electric and classical) from just about every major manufacturer. This one hangs on the front holder in my studio! I played this guitar all of 1 minute and I was sure my name was on it somewhere.The neck and action were fabulous and the tone, well what can I say, "It's a Martin"! I am seriously thinking of contacting Martin's custom shop to see if they will build me a copy of this with a slotted headstock and nylon strings. Don't care what it costs! This is probably one of the very best you will ever find for your money!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfection

By Josh-pmuF9

from Canada

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar was my grad present, and I can honestly say I could want nothing more. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever played. It's way too bad that the picture on this website is so horrible, because this guitar is breathtaking to behold. It sounds perfect plays perfect, looks perfect and feels perfect. Martin has outdone themselves with this one. The onboard aura system sounds beautiful, and is easy to work with. The tone of the guitar is what what you'd expect from Martin, and it sounds like heaven. The guitar is extremely light and well balanced, and it was set up perfectly the minute I got it. The best action I've ever seen on a guitar. I play a lot of metal and heavy stuff when it comes to electric, but I only play worship and fingerstyle when it comes to acoustic. This guitar could not offer more. Buy this.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Guitar with a Soul

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin JC-16RE Aura Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

You don't have to pound on this guitar at all to get deep bass and resonate tones that are as smooth as a violin. It comes out of the box like an aged wine but will only get better. I was afraid of buying online before playing it. I am not let down even slightly. I can't wait to enjoy the relationship with the instrument as time goes on. Martin is unbelievable...watch the factory tour. It will blow your mind. The precision these are build with is such a security that you are getting a truly perfect guitar. It is balanced yet scalloped braced so it has nice rumble against your belly. You can feel this as well and hear it....I have had it for two days and I'm in awe. I have never heard a G major chord sound so good. Or any of them. The back of the guitar is concave so the sound just blasts out of the sound hole with such little effort. It allows me to play more precise without having to pound the guitar harder to get enough sound. Its like having graceful aggression. No I don't work for Martin guitar....I'm just really happy with this amazing guitar. The picture does it no justice...it looks like its lacking color or detail in the picture here....but its full of life when you look at it in person.

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