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Martin Custom Shop OM-42 Special, Guatemalan & Red Spruce

With hand-selected Guatemalan rosewood back and sides, pre-war bracing under an Adirondack Spruce top, lavish pre-War style 42 trimmings and pyramid bridge, and graceful torch headstock inlay, this very one-of-a-kind Custom OM-42 has got us fairly worked up! This guitar was designed by Folkway's Mark Stutman, and built by Martin's Custom Shop with exquisite tonewoods and detailing.

It is an exceptional sounding OM, with everything we look for in a fingerstyle instrument: Power, balance, overtones, depth, and warmth. It's a big sounding OM, with seemingly endless sustain and a piano-like fullness. The guitar can handle a very heavy right-hand attack, and would certainly excel under a flatpick as well.

Old-growth Guatemalan rosewood back and sides with lush color, strong lines and Brazilian-like webbing; red spruce top with forward positioned scalloped Ľ" Sitka X bracing, small maple bridgeplate and ebony pyramid bridge. Gorgeous old-style rosette, with maple and ebony outer rings surrounding a celluloid and pearl center. Small early-OM sized bevel-edged tortoise celluloid pickguard, ivoroid bindings throughout, highlighted by fine maple and ebony purflings.

The neck features a 1930's modified V carve, bound ebony fingerboard with pre-war style inlays, angle-bottomed bone nut, and 1-3/4" width. Scale is 25.4" and the string spread at the bridge is 2-5/16". Torch headstock inlay with multi-layer bindings around the headstock, C.F. Martin stamp on the rear, and nickel Waverly tuning machines.

A unique and very special instrument.

Guatemalan rosewood (Dalbergia tucarensis) is a Central American Dalbergia species, in the same genus as Brazilian. However, unlike Brazilian, It is legal to ship without special permits.

With deluxe hardshell case

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.


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