Taking inspiration from the Canadian star's favorite vintage acoustic, Martin says, “Every detail of this guitar was designed and created in collaboration with Mendes,” but with a $799 price tag it is sure to appeal to collectors and beginners alike.
Along with a great look, sound and feel, the new Martin 000JR-10E Shawn Mendes Custom Artist Edition is a shining example of how to construct an environmentally friendly flat-top.
Built entirely from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified tonewoods this 000 Junior-sized acoustic even has a gig bag made from Global Recycled Standard ocean plastic.
“Creating this guitar alongside Martin has been a dream of mine,” commented Mendes.
“The signature [model] we created together is not only something I’m proud of musically, but also because it aligns with my passion for sustainability, and supports the Shawn Foundation’s initiatives.
“I can’t wait to share a guitar I love with fans across the world.”
Subtle personal touches include the artist’s signature inlaid at the third fret while a laser-etched swallow on each wing of the bridge reflects Mendes’s hand tattoo.
Additionally, each guitar features a unique label showcasing the Shawn Mendes Foundation sunburst logo.
Furthermore, laser-etched samples of Mendes’s song lyrics are hidden inside the guitar – but where, exactly, is a mystery.
Phrases such as “We lay under the same stars” and “You’ll never be alone” can be spotted in various places such as under the bridge or on a brace.
Here’s a quick rundown of the 000JR-10E Shawn Mendes Custom Artist Edition specs…
- Body size: 000 Junior 14 Fret
- Construction: Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
- Bracing Pattern: X Brace
- Brace Shape: Scalloped
- Top Material: Sitka Spruce
- Back Material: Sapele
- Side Material: Sapele
- Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
- Finish Top: Satin
- Back and Side Finish: Satin
- Scale Length: 24''
- Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 3/4"
- Neck Shape: Junior
- Neck Taper: High Performance Taper
Visit Martin for more information.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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