Check out the latest and greatest gear from the first day of the 2014 Summer NAMM show.

Martin really went to town with the CS-GP-14. The Grand Performance body is beautifully proportioned (fingerstylists are going to freak out over how this guitar feels.) The three-piece back is Guatemalan Rosewood and cocobolo, and the top is European Spruce. Nods to contemporary boutique lutherie-think come in the form of a soundport on the upper bout and rosette and inlay that are marked departures from Martin's traditional book of tricks. Only 50 of 'em and by all accounts, they're going fast!

Fat tones from a sweet niche where Les Paul, Gretsch, and Telecaster share the limelight.

Copious, unexpected tones. Cool, useful bass contour control. Very nice build quality. Excellent value.

Heavy.

$1,199

Reverend Flatroc Bigsby
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