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Martin Nazareth Custom JC Artist Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Check out the Martin Nazareth Custom JC Artist Rosewood model if you're truly serious about tone and quality in an acoustic-electric guitar. The soli...Click To Read More About This Product

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A jumbo cutaway with exquisite looks and sonics.

Check out the Martin Nazareth Custom JC Artist Rosewood model if you're truly serious about tone and quality in an acoustic-electric guitar. The solid Sitka spruce top is adorned with a maple and black fiber rosette while solid East Indian rosewood back and sides produce trademark Martin sonority. The Spanish cedar neck has a striped ebony fingerboard with Corian nut, modified snowflake inlays, and 25-3/8" scale. Gotoh gold tuners with large knobs and a raised gold-foil logo are nice finishing touches. The Fishman Prefix stereo blender delivers an amplified signal that does full justice to this instrument's beautifully balanced tone.

FEATURES
Solid Sitka spruce top
Maple and black fiber rosette
East Indian rosewood back and sides
Spanish cedar neck
Striped ebony fingerboard with Corian nut
Modified snowflake inlays
Gotoh gold tuners with large knobs
Raised gold-foil logo
Fishman Prefix stereo blender electronics
SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL     SPJC-16RE
CONSTRUCTION: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
BODY SIZE: J-14 Fret CUTAWAY
TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
ROSETTE: Style 45 - Maple and Black Fiber Inlays
TOP BRACING PATTERN: J1 Hybrid
TOP BRACES: 1 Style/Scalloped
BACK MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
BACK PURFLING: Style 45
SIDE MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
ENDPIECE: Tortoise Color
ENDPIECE INLAY: none
BINDING: Tortoise Color
TOP INLAY STYLE: none
SIDE INLAY: none
BACK INLAY: none
NECK MATERIAL: Solid Spanish Cedar
NECK SHAPE: Modified Low Oval
NUT MATERIAL: White Corian
HEADSTOCK: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper
HEADPLATE: Solid East Indian Rosewood/ Raised Gold Foil Logo
HEELCAP: Solid East Indian Rosewood
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: 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: Modified Snowflake
FINGERBOARD BINDING: none
FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss/ Dark Filler
FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss/ Aging Toner
FINISH NECK: Semi Gloss/ Dark Mahogany Stain/ Dark Filler
BRIDGE MATERIAL: Striped Ebony
BRIDGE STYLE: 1 Style Belly
BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 1/4''
SADDLE: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Micarta
TUNING MACHINES: Gotoh Gold w/ Large Knobs
RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin SP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
BRIDGE & END PINS: Black w/ White Dots
PICKGUARD: I-02 Tortoise Color
CASE: 380 Hard Shell
ELECTRONICS: Fishman Prefix Stereo Onboard Blender
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4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing tone and tasteful flash

I could not be happier with this guitar. It is indeed a jumbo and everything about it is big, especially the sound! I play using a lot of alternate/ modal tunings like...Read complete review

I could not be happier with this guitar. It is indeed a jumbo and everything about it is big, especially the sound! I play using a lot of alternate/ modal tunings like DADGAD, and I wanted a guitar that would emphasise that bass drone. I tried it side by side with the Martin DC-16RGTE and while that is a fine guitar, for my purposes the SPJC-16RE outshone it by far-- much more emphasis of the bass than the mid-range-y dreadnought. The fingerboard is pretty wide, but that's something I was looking for (and something fingerpickers might as well). I wanted a guitar that sounded great both unplugged and amplified and I got it-- the Fishman Blender system works well. It's as beautiful physically as aurally. The "modified snowflake" inlays are a tasteful bit of flash--not your ordinary fretboard dots, but not the over-the-top inlays you see on some guitars. Similarly, the "style 45" back purfling is exquisitely subtle-- you have to get close to really appreciate it. While it is a sizable investment it's worth it, and if you look around you can find some good deals on it. In addition, if you compare the SPJC-16RE's features (solid rosewood sides & back, solid Sitka top, Fishman Blender, abalone inlays, etc)to those of other similarly-equipped high-end guitars like Taylor, you'll quickly discover that you're getting a bargain. Great tone, looks, and a lifetime warranty--what more could one want?

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Martin Guitar Is AWESOME BUT....

THis guitar is awesome but the feel and sound of an elctric ovation seems much better.....I think Martin should improve thier necks and make them slicker and faster..this doesn'r mean...Read complete review

THis guitar is awesome but the feel and sound of an elctric ovation seems much better.....I think Martin should improve thier necks and make them slicker and faster..this doesn'r mean lower the string action.....butguitars with more inlays tend to be quicker with better neck feel......Also I play the Coke Casnio Guitar which is very rare not long ago and it's sounds better than the Martin...but the Coke a Cola Guitar is worth around $25,000.00 and their are only 10 in the world ever made.I guess only a collector would know this......anyways I think this Martin Guitar is great but far from being the best around.....Thanks Johnny Rivers

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5.0

Beautiful Tone and Appearance

Got this guitar last week. It just says Custom inside so I called Martin to see what the difference between it and the SPJC16RE is. The Martin rep said it almost exactly the same, only made specifically for this site since the SPJC16RE is discontinued as a current Martin product. It does have upgraded electronics. The Fishman Prefix Premium Blend has an under bridge pickup and a little gooseneck mic inside the body. It also includes a convenient tuner and anti-feedback controls. The Custom also does not have the paper label inside, just the serial number and "Custom" stamped on the heel plate. I compared the Custom to a current JC16RE and the acoustic sound is the same (smooth and balanced, just perfect in my opinion) but I think the cosmetics are much nicer with this Custom guitar. The snowflake fret dots and bridge stars, gold tuners, tortoise bindings really make for a terrific looking guitar. Very happy with it except that now I don't want to play my other two guitars. The Martin sounds so nice and frets so smoothly it has spoiled me already. I thought I would keep the cheapies as beaters for gigs but it seems a shame not to use the Martin.

 
5.0

One of the best I've played...ever

By RocketDog

from Virginia Beach, Virginia

I've played guitar for over 40 years and this is by far the one of the best I've played. It arrived, came out of the box, and went to practice. Action was a bit high, but easily remedied. Other then that it sings like no other guitar I have. The Fishman System is the best I?ve ever used in an acoustic, full frequency range. This is my second Martin and will not be my last. A great buy and a great instrument.

 
5.0

e.jones

By eejones3

from tupelo, ms

I own this guitar and can say without a doupt it is the best guitar I've owned or played. I mainly love the tone. Most Martin's bottom end is too low when plugged in but this guitar has even tones across the fretboard and sounds great. This guitar will be a keeper as I bought it at a great price and love the guitar a lot. I have even had other musicians try to trade me their Martin for my Martin.

 
5.0

Martin

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is amazing. I tried it out at my local guitar shop and found it to be truly wonderful. The sound is exquisite and really full. The color of it is also great as are the gold machine heads. it alos has a great electronics system by fishman and a beautiful pealoid circle around the soundhole. the action is remarkable as well. I highly recommend this guitar to anybody who wants a beautiful martin tone and I'm saving to get one soon myself.

 
5.0

WOW!

By VPJazz

from Boulder, CO - Hawaii - southern Utah

I've been a Martin player since the 70's, I won't go on stage with anything else. I have always played an 000 or OM model, not a dread player cuz I like my guitars with hips, but was looking for a jumbo guitar for a bit fuller sound, this guitar delivered that in spades! I currently own two other Martins but I might need to build a glass case for them because I have a feeling that this girl will become my primary player. The touch is great, I don't find the action high as others have commented but I'm classically trained, and the sonics are remarkable both plugged in and unplugged. The Fishman Prefix stereo blender is just plain nuts, a ton of both live sound and recorded flexibility. The tuner is a nice feature, it gets me real close so I can fine tune by ear with harmonics (this axe throws out a huge harmonic). The cosmetics of this guitar are wonderful, simple, beautiful and executed in typical Martin style - to perfection! If you are looking for a full sounding, easy playing, simply gorgeous guitar this is the one!

 
5.0

Review

By Mike Condon

from Cedar Park, TX

Not only is this a beautiful guitar, but the quality and tone is ideal!

 
5.0

Pawn Shop Special

By Scott Adie

from Reno, NV

My Takamine EF340S developed sound board cracks because I didn't keep it properly humidified. In these hard times, I went to local pawn shops in search of a replacement. Who'd have expected to find a Martin in a Reno pawn shop. I stole it for an undisclosed amount. New strings brought it back to life. It's in perfect condition (and in a properly humidified case) and a great looking instrument. It does everything well, great tone and sustain, easy fretting and solid as a rock. At 60 years old, I will probably will not live long enough to exploit all it's playability. To bad it's no longer made, Martin ought to bring it back. From everything I've read about the SPJC16RE, they are very desireable.

 
5.0

The Martin Tradition

By Matt West

from Near Ramstein, Germany

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This guitar is beautiful to play as it is to smell. I have to admit that ordering a guitar through the internet for this cost seemed a little strange. However, the guitar is quite worth the price tag. Without amplification the sound is remarkable-a little on the dark side. The pick ups work quite well and I have enjoyed the built-in tuner. I have enjoyed this guitar-good sustain on the higher frets. The action seems a little higher than I thought it would be however. Beautiful tone!!

 
5.0

Amazing tone and tasteful flash

By DeamhanFola

from Huntington, WV

I could not be happier with this guitar. It is indeed a jumbo and everything about it is big, especially the sound! I play using a lot of alternate/ modal tunings like DADGAD, and I wanted a guitar that would emphasise that bass drone. I tried it side by side with the Martin DC-16RGTE and while that is a fine guitar, for my purposes the SPJC-16RE outshone it by far-- much more emphasis of the bass than the mid-range-y dreadnought. The fingerboard is pretty wide, but that's something I was looking for (and something fingerpickers might as well). I wanted a guitar that sounded great both unplugged and amplified and I got it-- the Fishman Blender system works well. It's as beautiful physically as aurally. The "modified snowflake" inlays are a tasteful bit of flash--not your ordinary fretboard dots, but not the over-the-top inlays you see on some guitars. Similarly, the "style 45" back purfling is exquisitely subtle-- you have to get close to really appreciate it. While it is a sizable investment it's worth it, and if you look around you can find some good deals on it. In addition, if you compare the SPJC-16RE's features (solid rosewood sides & back, solid Sitka top, Fishman Blender, abalone inlays, etc)to those of other similarly-equipped high-end guitars like Taylor, you'll quickly discover that you're getting a bargain. Great tone, looks, and a lifetime warranty--what more could one want?

 
5.0

Simply amazing

By slothtamer

from Cottage Grove, OR

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I played a used 2001 model of this Martin and was blown away by this guitar. It breathes a rich, full tone, beautiful bass with warm yet distinct treble. Not as bright as the sound you'd get from a Taylor. It is a big guitar, which is a draw back if you are short like me. Still I was so taken by its sound, I am buying it without regrets!

 
5.0

Better than I imagined

By dwgraahm

from Euless, TX

I bought this Martin a few weeks ago. I having playing for over 20 years and now play for my own entertainment, always dreamed of a Martin. The wait was worth it. This guitar almost plays itself. The tone is amazing, great action. I own a Taylor too. I still love the Taylor like a first child. But, here is no comparison to the quality and tone of the Martin. I do say I have not hooked it up to my amp yet. I can only imagine if the tone is so pure with out amplification. I have just enjoyed letting this sing with its own vice.

 
5.0

The Right Guitar for the Right Guitarist

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The SPJC-16RE is the perfect guitar for those who enjoy the resonant, warm sound of an acoustic guitar. It isn't bright like a Taylor, so look elsewhere if that's what you want.I tried over thirty guitars when I was doing my homework, and this one was by far the warmest and most resonant in my price range (<$3000). The Jumbo body really helps to marginalize the sonic effect of the cutaway when you're not plugged in. I use the guitar to record and am happy with the results, even in the high end.The prefix system is great too. Adding a little mic into the mix really helps bring out the overtones, especially in harmonics.This is my favorite guitar to play, and I don't go to any gig without it. :)I gave it a 9 for features because the tuner is mediocre. It's good for ballpark/restringing but I never trust it live.

 
5.0

Feels, smells and sounds like what we all want.

By djo

from Hawaii

This one has everything I dreamed of. Great sound, clean sounding electronics and easy for my large fingers to play with 1-3/4" at the nut. It's big too.

 
3.0

Martin Guitar Is AWESOME BUT....

By JohnnyRivers1USA

from Hollywood California

THis guitar is awesome but the feel and sound of an elctric ovation seems much better.....I think Martin should improve thier necks and make them slicker and faster..this doesn'r mean lower the string action.....butguitars with more inlays tend to be quicker with better neck feel......Also I play the Coke Casnio Guitar which is very rare not long ago and it's sounds better than the Martin...but the Coke a Cola Guitar is worth around $25,000.00 and their are only 10 in the world ever made.I guess only a collector would know this......anyways I think this Martin Guitar is great but far from being the best around.....Thanks Johnny Rivers

 
5.0

great guitar

By thehuey

from jena, Louisiana

i bought this guitar a few days ago, and i must say that this is the best guitar i've ever personally played. it has an awesome sound that could only come from a martin. i also love the pickup/mic blend system. great guitar

 
5.0

Last Guitar You'll Ever Buy!

By Lifestrings

from Millersburg, OH

I will keep this guitar until the day I die, and when that day comes, I'll be burried with it. But seriously, I've played this guitar against some very expensive guitars, and nothing comes close. The detail Martin puts into their guitars is simply incredible. The picture doesn't do a justic to the real thing.It's absolutly beautiful. It's worth far more than the price.

 
5.0

An All Around Amazing Guitar

By Jim4Christ

from Kansas City, MO

I purchased this guitar in March. I tell you as it has started to age the sound has improved 10-fold and the tone is absolutely outstanding. I play this guitar around 8 hours a week and it has held up very well to consistant play and it is worth every penny of the price. The pickups in this guitar also perform excelently.

 
5.0

Five stars says it all

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

There is no comparison to a Martin's sound. If your serious about tone and quality look no further than the SPJC-16RE. The lush appointments are only a plus. This axe is full of warm Martin tone swarming with harmonic sustain. Great versatility for all styles of music and so easy to play. If you want to take your sound and creativity to the next level your journey has come to a new beginning. Do not be fooled by the immitations at a lower price. Martin Quality comes at a Martin price, and it's worth every penny.

 
5.0

Won't disappoint!

By Bobby Buffet

from Eugene, OR

Very beautiful instument with full Martin tone. A real pleasure to play. Onboard electonics are well designed. I find myself always choosing this guitar to play.

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