These all have list prices of $1599 and seem comparable to much pricier Martins. Anyone know the backstory?
I have been thinking about getting a small body acoustic guitar for some time and had been considering several of the Martin OM 16 series such as the OMC-16GTE and OMC-16OGTE. Martin recently announced several new guitars in their Performing Artist series that are comparatively less expensive and I'm curious if anyone knows how they are making them.
My question is: Why does the OMCPA4 list for $600 less than the OMC-16GTE? There are some seemingly minor differences in terms of the pickguard, electronics, fingerboard width at the 12th fret and endpiece but on paper they look extremely similar. Does anyone know why they are so much less expensive?. Is Martin just trying to be more cost competetive? Is there a difference in construction that doesn't show up in the specs? Are these new models being made in Mexico? Just hoping someone out there knows. I haven't laid my hands on any of these new models yet so perhaps time will tell. Thanks.
Dan ... I do believe the Richlite material is very similar to Micarta. The PA1 is an absolutely gorgeous guitar and if I had been in a financial position to get it, I certainly would have. I played it extensively while shopping and although I personally couldn't tell much difference in playability or sound compared to the PA4, the premium materials used in the PA1 will probably make more appealing upon re-sale.
Is that your son backing you on drums? :-)
Just checking back in here after a couple years, hi! I still have my OMCPA4 and it's definitely become my "go to" guitar. Sounds great, feels great. Last summer I took it over to Rudy's Music Stop here in Manhattan for a setup and they recommended I get the truss rod reset or some such. It was still under warranty, so no problem. It was a really good guitar before but after the work, it was even better. They set the action nice and low and the intonation is a little more accurate, too. Yay Rudy's! Have been enjoying the OM over my Taylor 110 dread for fingerpicking and music that is more scale than chord-oriented. The dread still gets the nod for out and out strumming and rhythm playing -- it has a fuller sound where the OMCPA4 is a little more delicate and intimate.