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Martin OM-28 Madagascar / Adirondack Custom

A one of a kind Martin OM-28, designed by Folkway Music's Mark Stutman, and built with an exquisitely quarter-sawn set of Madagascar rosewood that was hand-selected by Mark at the 2014 NAMM show. This OM-28 combines some of the best features from Martin's vintage-inspired instruments, and a whole lot of Custom Shop goodness!

Adirondack red spruce top with scalloped braces and hide-glue construction; 1930's profile bridge with ebony pins spaced at 2-5/16" and a glued-in through saddle. Herringbone trim with ivoroid bindings; classic Style 28 rosette; and a beautifully hand-made tortoise-celluloid OM pickguard.

The back and sides are made of some of finest Madagascar rosewood we've ever seen, with deep reds and browns, perfectly straight grain, and just a touch of spider-web figuring. It looks a whole lot like the kind of Brazilian rosewood that made Brazilian rosewood the stuff of choice a hundred years ago.

The neck features Martin's new rounded oval carve, a 1-3/4" nut width, and a 25.4" scale ebony fingerboard. Slotted diamond inlays at frets 5,7, and 9; bone nut; vintage-style volute; nickel Waverly tuners; old-style vintage headstock logo; and gloss lacquer finish throughout (including the headstock overlay).

The guitar sounds mature, open, and complex. It has excellent power, balance, and sustain. It's actually hard to believe that it's not an old guitar. The thin lacquer finish, red spruce, Madagascar rosewood, hide glue, and a light and sensitive build are a winning combination.

With deluxe hardshell case.

Click HERE for our hi-def video feature of this instrument.

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