Martin Custom Shop OM, Madagascar Rosewood & Italian Alpine Spruce - Pre-Owned


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When looking at a deluxe Italian alpine spruce and Madagascar rosewood OM-28 like this one from Martin's Custom Shop, it's easy to default to comparisons to pre-war Brazilian rosewood OMs. They are the benchmarks of great tone, after all, and for good reason! Madagascar rosewood is often touted as a good sub for Brazilian, providing the same sparkling highs, deep bass and compelling sustain. It's also visually appealing, to boot. On this Custom Shop OM, the bass is more than deep - it's dark and a little bit gutsy, and perfectly balanced out by a clear high end that doesn't linger for too long, and a more pronounced midrange than is typical of rosewood.

As is befitting an OM-28, herringbone accents the top on both rosette and purfling, and flamed koa binding brings out the reddish hues of the rosewood. The condition of this 2013 model is excellent, with only the most minor signs of prior ownership (a little wear on the pickguard and a couple very light marks in the finish are all that give it away).

  • Size: OM
  • Top: Italian alpine spruce
  • Back and sides: Madagascar rosewood
  • Neck: Solid mahogany with modified V profile
  • Fingerboard: Ebony 
  • Bridge: Ebony, belly-style
  • Tuners: Waverly engraved 
  • Binding: Flamed koa 
  • Rosette and purfling: Herringbone 
  • Tuners: Gold Grover
  • Finish: Full gloss 
  • Scale length: 25-1/2" 
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • String spacing at the bridge: 2-5/32"
  • Serial number: 1753436
  • Case: Original Martin Custom Shop hard case
  • Year of build: 2013


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