The Dirty 30s 000 w/Pickup pays homage to the 000 guitar body style, which has a venerable history with European roots. European and early American guitars, however, were relatively small compared to later models. According to Michael Heatly in an article for guitar.com, the Martin company engaged in some tit-for-tat models with the Gibson company on size. The Martin response to Gibson’s wide jazz archtop with its first 000 model in 1902. The 1926 model 000 was instrumental in Martin’s move into the steel-string era. Martin’s famous truss rod and X bracing system was another result. The 000 body shape figures into the early 14-fret models too. The 000 model coincides with the guitar’s ascendance over the banjo in American musical genres.
The OM and many of the Martin 000 models differed in both neck width and scale length. The OM featured a wider neck and longer scale. The 000 typically retained something closer to old-world scaling. The modern Recording King Dirty 30’s 000 features a 25.4 inch scale length and 1-11/16 inch nut width, the same as the Martin 000M and a few others. Other Martin and Recording 000’s feature 24.9 scale length. While most any guitar player can adapt to either scale length, modern players will likely find the 25.4 inch scale length most familiar.
The Fishman Presys pickup and onboard EQ system adds a decidedly modern innovation to his vintage-styled guitar. You’ll find the best of both words, the old and the new in the Recording King Dirty 30s 000 w/Pickup.