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2016 Martin OM-28 Guatemalan Rosewood Custom Shop

With some of the most incredible Guatemalan rosewood we’ve ever seen, vintage/authentic build specifications and a scalloped braced red spruce top, this custom ordered OM-28 offers some of the very best that Martin has to offer in a contemporary build.

Custom designed by us, this guitar was built with rosewood that was hand-chosen by Folkway’s Mark Stutman at the 2016 NAMM show. Mark is picky about wood, and the rosewood chosen for this guitar was the most perfectly quartered, straight-grained set Martin’s Custom Shop staff brought to the show. Very much like Brazilian rosewood in its look, density, and – most importantly – its tone, Guatemalan rosewood is one of the most exciting woods still legally available for guitar construction.

Under the hood, this guitar features hide glue construction, scalloped GE style Sitka bracing with small maple bridge plate. The top is trimmed with wooden purfling and ivoroid bindings, and the soundhole is adorned with a pre-war spec style 28 rosette with wooden rings. Nitrocellulose lacquer finish and small OM bevelled edge pickguard. 1930’s style belly bridge with drop in bone saddle, 2-5/16” pin spread and red-eye pins. Waverly tuning machines, old style headstock logo, long 30’s style volute, and angle-bottomed bone nut.

A beguiling guitar, this OM-28 has a big and dark voice with full bodied trebles and a dry, open low end. It’s a complex guitar with an interesting background of overtones and clear, present fundamental and midrange. With excellent headroom, this OM responds well to a heavy right hand pick attack, and is equally well suited for a medium fingerstyle.

In perfect condition and very nicely set up for a medium fingerstyle attack.

With deluxe hardshell case

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