Martin Guitars & Ebony in 2022. Martin is constantly reviewing their specifications, and revising as necessary while maintaining the sound, structural integrity, and high-quality standards of their fine instruments. Many models with ebony fretboards & bridges are now showing streaks & natural cosmetic irregularities.
NEW for fall 2022, to accommodate the best use of available resources of African ebony, Martin Guitar will utilize their fingerboard and bridge inventory more effectively. On Nazareth made product, they will use ebony fingerboards and bridges in their natural state on most instruments going forward. This will mean that fingerboards and bridges may vary in appearance, and could show streaks in the wood or be brownish in color.
On select Mexico made instruments, Martin Guitar will use alternative materials/species as needed with African Ebony remaining the preferred choice as inventory allows. Alternative materials include Katalox, Richlite®, and Granadillo. Note that fingerboard and bridge material must match.
Which Martin Guitar models are affected?
Note that individual serial numbers will not be associated with specific materials or models. Available inventory at the time of production will dictate the material being utilized.
If you have any questions about the appearance of your next Martin Guitar's fingerboard & bridge - please click the IMAGES tab on that product's page, or contact us today. What do YOU think of naturally-streaky ebony? Share your comment below.