2004 Martin OM 42 Sitka Spruce and East Indian Rosewood with Sunburst ID-6562
2004 Martin OM 42 Sitka Spruce and East Indian Rosewood with Sunburst
The Martin OM-42 guitar is one of the most beautiful of their models, as well as one of the most balanced, most suited for fingerstyle or rhythm guitar work. The OM, or Orchestra Model was introduced in 1929, at the suggestion of teacher and musician, Perry Bechtel of Atlanta, GA, who needed access to more frets on an instrument that, up until that time, had only 12 frets to the body joint.
The OM, a 15" wide Auditorium sized instrument, was the first fourteen-fret Martin model and it changed the way that guitars were thereafter made. In addition, this model had a 1 3/4" nut width which modern fingerstyle players find essential and a long scale neck whose string length and concomitant bridge placement create tremendous volume, while yielding considerable tonal range. The Sunburst finish, a feature option, sets off the inlaid mother of pearl top border dramatically. In it's original run, Martin made only 2 of this OM-42 model, and those both in the year 1930.
The tone is all Martin... rich and full with a resounding bass response, even out of the OM body size. Playability is easy up and down the neck. A custom modified V makes for very comfortable playing with just enough of a V shape. A custom dark vintage type sunburst on the top perfectly compliments the particularly dark set of Indian Rosewood chosen for this one.
This pre-owned 2004 guitar is in very good condition with only moderate fretwear, a few surface scratches on the top, back, sides and peghead and a very slight finish mar on the binding, in upper bout area. Original hardshell case is included.
- Serial: 1024862
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: East Indian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25.4"
- Year: 2004
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Snowflakes
- Rosette: Mother of Pearl Rosette
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony
- Bridge Pins: Ivoroid with Mother of Pearl Dots
- Tuners: Gold Martin open geared tuners with butterbean buttons
- Purfling: Mother of Pearl with Rings
- Body Binding: Ivoroid
- Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
- Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Mother of Pearl Martin Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Case: Collings Hardshell Case