Roland and Martin Guitar Partner to Introduce the Next Level in Acoustic Preamps

The new AP-1 onboard acoustic guitar preamp uses Roland's advanced Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) technology....

For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world.

Roland and Martin Guitar, producers of the finest acoustic instruments, have partnered to introduce the new Roland AP-1 preamp. The AP-1 will be available in several new Martin models which include the 00C-16DBGTE, DC-16OGTE and the OMC-16OGTE. The AP-1 is Roland's new onboard acoustic guitar preamp. It uses Roland's advanced Composite Object Sound Modeling technology to produce three body-specific tone variations and includes a programmable seven-band EQ, anti-feedback control, digital chromatic tuner, digital reverb and LCD display.

The 00C-16DBGTE is a small-bodied Grand Concert-sized Venetian cutaway guitar with a deeper body depth. This particular shape allows for great player comfort while extra depth provides presence, projection and power to the tone. The soundboard is polished to a high gloss while the genuine mahogany back and sides are finished to a soft satin luster. Appointments include a bold herringbone rosette, black Micarta; fingerboard and bridge, black Boltaron; top and back bindings, chrome enclosed tuning machines and Style 28 bridge pins.

Most Martin cutaways are stage and studio ready, and this model is no exception. The new Roland AP-1 onboard electronics system features three body-specific COSM tone variations and includes programmable seven-band EQ, anti-feedback control, digital chromatic tuner, digital reverb and an LCD display. Each 00C-16DBGTE ships in a durable 334 hardshell case with a light brown interior.

The DC-16OGTE and OMC-16OGTE feature Ovangkol (also known as mozambique, shedua, or amazakoue), an African tonewood that ranges in color from a tawny olive brown to a deep chocolate with dark striping. In Martin's continual search for alternative hardwoods that provide great tone and visual beauty, they are pleased to introduce two new models with ovangkol back and sides. The DC-16OGTE is a full-bodied Dreadnought and the OMC-16OGTE is a smaller-bodied Orchestra Model. Both models feature rounded Venetian cutaways for full access to the upper registers and polished gloss tops with satin-finished back and sides. The 3-piece back is comprised of solid ovangkol wings with an East Indian rosewood center wedge.

Other features common to both models include a 1 3/4" (at the nut) modified low oval neck, a bound fingerboard, chrome enclosed tuning machines, a 345 hardshell case, and of course, the new Roland AP-1 electronics. Both models offer versatility onstage or in the studio without sacrificing any of the acoustic power and depth that you have come to expect from Martin guitars.

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