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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 4, 2011 at 10:38am

Chip - Good choice; I really like the OM body style. I'ts very comfortable and easy to play. Check out the tone to see if you like it. Please also see the post below from Mark Baker. Wider string spacing, especially at the bridge, is very important for a fingerpicker. My Eric Clapton model has wider spacing but his OM-28V is 1/16" wider.

Thanks - m

Comment by Chip Beckstrom on February 4, 2011 at 10:32am

What does anyone think about the OM-21 model.

I'm looking at it for fingerstyle?


Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 4, 2011 at 10:30am

My 2 cents (probably overpriced). It bothers me when companies who produce what I consider benchmark products think they have to copy their competitors. They seem to forget that part of the reason their products do so well is because of their unique design and looks.

I must further admit that every time I've seen this done by a well respected company, the result has been a fantastic product - even though it no longer looks like their traditional product. I can name several examples, but I think you get the point.

I like both designs and even though Martin built their business on the dreadnaught, I have to admit this 1930s reissue of a Martin does look great to me!

At first I didn't like their performance series guitars, but after playing one and studying them, I really would love to own one but not in a dreadnaught. I like the OM style.

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 4, 2011 at 8:11am

Okay, here is the latest Edward Sparks rant!  But only because I am passionate bout my acoustics, no matter who they are made by! This time it happens to be about the "new" martin models...So here we go, have patience while I climb back up on my soapbox...

Okay, let me first say that I absolutely love Martin guitars...I own two, a 1976 D-28 and a 1980 D 28 12...that said I am shocked at the Martin's recent blatant plagiarism of styling…I believe they have stolen from Guild, Gibson and Taylor!  Look at the new “Performer Series” for example.  The mini jumbo model is a Taylor body, Gibson inlays and pickguard and a Guild bridge style!  Look at their new Jumbo 6 and 12…clearly a Gibson/Guild style with a Martin headstock!  And now this…the most blatant of all, the new Martin CEO-6 Special Edition!   A sunburst slope shoulder J45 copy! 


And in the description it says:

 “The new Martin CEO-6 Special Edition is the latest example of his (Chris Martin) ingenuity. Based on the early ‘Sloped Shoulder’ Dreadnought design originated by Martin in the 1930s…”

They do go on to identify the “Slope Shoulder” design they are referring to is the old 12 fret “S” models that had a more rounded shoulder than the later “D” models.  But come on, THIS slope shoulder sunburst model (see picture) is a Gibson rip off!  Of course Gibson did the same thing when they introduced their own “Square shoulder” models like the Hummingbird and Dove, but at least they used unique pickguards, colors, tuners, etc.  

I guess it’s just good business to try to make something for every buyer’s taste…and I guess after the whole Gibson/PRS suit, Gibson won’t be stepping into that again anytime soon!   AND I know they have to change with the times, or they think they do, but anybody with that kind of purchasing power, i.e, money to buy a CEO Choice or $4000 Performing artist model, knows what Martin does best and respects that!  Okay, back down off my soapbox (again!).  Edward



Comment by charles e stinnett on February 1, 2011 at 7:24am
For those of you Martin fans that are into Martin history, the 1833 shop had a new (to me)book in it. C.F. Martin and his Guitars 1796-1873  is the title and Philip F. Gura wrote it. I paged through it this morning and it flat out has some good info that you can't find anywhere else.
Comment by Mark Baker on January 31, 2011 at 3:04pm
Hi, Ken.  I'm no expert on the Martin product line, but I just bought an OM-28V that is a fantastic fingerstyle guitar, in my opinion.  The 000-28EC is also a great choice, as Michael mentioned.  I tried both before I chose my OM-28V, and there are a couple of relatively minor differences.  The 000-28EC uses a short scale and the OM-28V is long; the latter has slightly wider string spacing at the bridge (2 5/16 vs. 2 1/4); and the former has a gloss-finished neck while the latter is satin.  Other than that, they're very close to identical - same body size/shape, same tone woods, even the same tuners.  I found both to be pretty well balanced tonally.  The 000-28EC is much easier to find in stores, so I'd certainly suggest giving it a try, along with any similar models you can find.
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 31, 2011 at 2:42pm
Comment by Robin June Nakkula on January 31, 2011 at 2:20pm

Dear Ken,

I prefer my 00-1R, but that's not going to help you much, since Martin both started and stopped making them in 1997.

If anyone else has another answer for Ken's question, I'm open to it.

Comment by Michael & Kody on January 31, 2011 at 1:26pm
Hi Deb, not familiar with DR light strings, will check it out. Enjoying your Instruement ?
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 31, 2011 at 12:59pm
let me be absolutely clear about one thing. I am a Novice Player at this stage as well as Martin Historian. I merely Want the guitar that I could not have in the Mid 60's. During these conversations, in No way do I nor have I intended to undermine/slam other members choices about their instruments, it's a personal choice in the end, an for different reasons. I don't believe I have offended anyone, and have only had some excellent feedback. Even Steve Grossman with his Martin J38......commented.......thanks everone, hope we all learned something, now to make My ' ll have a Great Day an be Safe from the coming Monster Storm (weather report).......

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