Martin 000-12E Acoustic-Electric Koa Guitar (with Soft Case)

This guitar is perfect for on-stage, or on the couch! The 000-12E features a Sitka spruce top and koa back and sides, giving it a unique, yet familiar sound.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Koa laminate back and sides Adds high-end sparkle that mellows well over time
Mortise/tenon neck joint Enhanced stability, sustain and strength
Richlite fretboard Focused tone with excellent playability
Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone

With the 000-12E Koa in Martin's lineup, now more players can turn their dreams of owning a koa guitar into reality. The back and sides of this gorgeous model are constructed with koa fine veneer, which is an environmentally conscious, alternative-wood option, made by bonding koa hardwood to an African mahogany core. The result is the show-stopping look of a koa guitar at a great price. But there is so much more to this guitar. Aside from the balance and comfort of the 000, you will get mother-of-pearl-patterned rosette and fingerboard inlay, a full-gloss body, a soft-shell gig bag, Fishman MX-T electronics, and Martin's Authentic Acoustic Lifespan 2.0 strings. With all that, the 000-12E Koa is worthy of any stage.

- Series: Road Series
- Edition Size: Open
- Construction: Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
- Body Size: 000-14 Fret
- Top Material: Sitka Spruce
- Top Detail: None
- Rosette: MOP Pattern with Multi-Stripe
- Bracing Pattern: X Brace
- Brace Shape: Non-Scalloped
- Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
- Brace Size: 5/16" with 1/4" Tone Bars
- Back Material: Koa Fine Veneer
- Back Detail: None
- Back Purfling/Strip: None
- Side Material: Koa Fine Veneer
- Side Detail: None
- Endpiece: None
- Endpiece Inlay: None
- Binding: Black
- Top Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
- Side Inlay Material: None
- Back Inlay Material: None
- Neck Material: Select Hardwood
- Neck Shape: Performing Artist
- Neck Taper: High Performance Taper
- Plek: Yes
- Nut Material: White Corian
- Headstock Shape: Solid with Standard Taper
- Headplate Material: HPL
- Headplate Logo Style: Silver Script Ink
- Headplate Binding Material: None
- Heelcap: Black
- Fingerboard Material: FSCA Certified Richlite
- Scale Length: 24.9"
- Neck Joins Body At: 14th Fret
- Number of Frets Total: 20
- Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 3/4"
- Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8"
- Fingerboard Inlay Material: Mother of Pearl Pattern
- Fingerboard Inlay Style: Style 28
- Fingerboard Binding Material: None
- Side Dots: White
- Back and Side Finish: Gloss
- Back and Sides Color: None
- Finish Top: Gloss
- Top Color: Clear
- Finish Neck: Hand Rubbed
- Neck Color: None
- Bridge Material: FSCA Certified Richlite
- Bridge Style: Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
- Bridge String Spacing: 2 5/32"
- Saddle: Compensated White Tusq
- Saddle Radius: 16"
- Tuning Machines: Black Enclosed Gear
- Recommended Strings: Authentic Acoustic Lifespan 2.0 Light - 92/8 Phosphor Bronze MA540T
- Knob: Small
- Bridge Pin Material: Black Plastic
- Bridge Pin Dots: None
- Pickguard: Black
- Pickguard Inlay: None
- Case: Soft Shell
- Label: Paper Label
- Electronics: Fishman MX-T
- Left Handed Availability: Yes
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 13.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 19 x 9 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1100012E

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 610-759-2837

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted June 15, 2021 by a customer from

"Sweet tone, beautiful wood"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Highly recommend. I got one because I was considering selling my D-35 to go over to a short scale neck like an 000-18. I am now in love with this guitar and can barely put it down. As I expected the bass is more punchy than boomy compared to the D35 but that's apples and oranges. However, the very distinct Martin overtones are fully present in this guitar. This guitar is much more comfortable to play around the house than a dread. Tonally it sounds more like mahogany than rosewood...i took off the endjack case to see the laminate cross section and indeed there is a nice looking piece of mahogany there with a very thin koa layer, which explains the very warm tone. i threw on some medium phosphor elixirs and it added even more warmth and bass but because of the shorter scale the increased tension was not noticeable. Exceptional clarity and sustain, and fun to fingerpick or strum. The onboard sound surprised me. Using the phase switch and playing through my Fishman amp I was shocked that there was no quacky sound...a touch of reverb and it almost sounded like it was mic'd.

Musical Background:

40 years playing acoustic at churches
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