Martin BC-16E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar

A great option for studio or stage, the Martin BC-16E acoustic-electric bass includes built-in Fishman electronics for authentic tone while plugged in.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
East Indian rosewood back and sides Rich low end; smooth mids; articulate highs
Ebony fretboard Dark color, tight grain; premium fretboard wood
Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT2 Clear tone with discrete, intuitive controls
Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone

The Martin BC-16E acoustic-electric bass is ideal if you love to write and practice on an unplugged bass but also need the option to plug it in to record or play live with your band. The BC-16E includes a solid Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, and forward shifted scalloped bracing to deliver deep, thumping Martin tone whether your un-plugged or using the built-in Fishman electronics. It also includes a fast, comfortable neck so you can keep the rhythm section tight. The BC-16E is strung with Martin Authentic Acoustic Bass Strings.

Series: 16 Series
Edition Size: Open
Construction: Simple Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: M-14 Fret Cutaway (0000-14 Fret Cutaway)
Top Material: Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Bold Herringbone with Multi-Stripe
Bracing Pattern: Forward Shifted X Brace
Brace Shape: Scalloped
Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
Brace Size: 5/16"
Back Material: East Indian Rosewood
Side Material: East Indian Rosewood
Binding: Antique White
Top Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
Back Inlay Material: Black Stripe
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Bass
Neck Taper: Standard Taper
Plek: Yes
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headplate Material: East Indian Rosewood
Headplate Logo Style: Script Old Style Overlay
Heelcap: Antique White
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Scale Length: 34''
Neck Joins Body At: 17th Fret
Number of Frets Total: 23
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.58"
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2.18''
Side Dots: White
Back and Side Finish: Satin
Finish Top: Gloss
Top Color: Clear
Finish Neck: Satin
Neck Color: Dark Mahogany
Bridge Material: Ebony
Bridge Style: Belly - Drop in Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8''
Saddle: Compensated White Tusq
Saddle Radius: 16"
Tuning Machines: Black Enclosed Gear Bass
Recommended Strings: Authentic Acoustic Bass (SMA4800)
Knob: Black
Bridge Pin Material: White Plastic
Bridge Pin Dots: Black Plastic
Pickguard: Tortoise Pattern
Case: Soft Shell
Electronics: Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT2
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 16.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 54 x 21 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10BC16E-01

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. (2 ratings)
Submitted February 7, 2021 by a customer from
"You must play this bass to believe it"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I purchased my first bass in 1976. I have owned many of the top notch, well known electric basses and a few acoustic basses.After I sold my last acoustic bass a couple years ago, I was in the market for another and decided to throw all in and purchase this Martin, sight unseen. I was expecting at least decent quality, and I knew if I found the bass lacking, at least I tried. I knew if I bought another "lesser" bass I would be left wondering "what if?"I received this bass mid January. Looking it over it was pretty much everything you would expect from a USA built Martin. I gave it 5 stars in every category except quality, which I gave 4 1/2.I attribute this to the fact the string height was high, and I mean way high. Like cheap pawn shop guitar high. Like had to go out if tune just fretting a string, especially higher up the neck.After careful consideration, I went ahead and pulled the Tusq saddle and gave it the sandpaper treatment to lower the string height. Damn the warranty, I am accustomed to doing most all my work anyway. In fact I've never had one of my personal instruments in a repair shop. To me it's like a soldier and his rifle, you need to know and understand your equipment.Anyway, now to the good part:After the strings were situated closer to the fretboard where they needed to be, I began playing and enjoying this fine instrument. In the couple of weeks I've had it, I can honestly say it's the finest bass or guitar I have ever played let alone owned. If I had to pick read more just one instrument to keep this would be it, hands down. Currently I have Gibson's, Rickenbackers and Fenders among others (no crazy ultra high end stuff). I would give up any or all just to keep this bass. Why?The ease of play and the sound of this bass, especially unplugged is unlike anything I have ever played. This bass is like a triple shot of adrenaline straight into my psyche. I am doing things with this bass I have never done with any instrument, let alone bass I have ever played.It is such a joy to play, after all these years of not having anything like this I can't imagine not having it. I will never part with this bass.Did I just get lucky with this one? Yes and no. I imagine all of Martin's basses must be this good.As far as the action, I suppose if you bought one from a brick and mortar Martin dealer they would have taken care of the action upon delivery.By the way, the action, the set up at the nut was perfect and I did not have to touch the truss rod adjustment at all.So if you will excuse me, I have to wrap up this review so I can spend some time with my new best friend... my Martin bass...

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