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Comment by Mark Baker on January 25, 2011 at 8:57am

Thanks, everybody.  When I started playing in the late 60s I wanted a Martin bad, just like everyone else I knew, but could never afford one.  Then I took about 30 years off from guitar playing (it's a long story) and finally started up again a couple of years ago.  My first Martin has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait.  What a guitar this is!!



Comment by Edward Sparks on January 25, 2011 at 7:17am
Mark, Congratulations on your first foray into music perfection!  Edward
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 25, 2011 at 3:03am
What are the significant differences between the D 35. & D 28. I have received an acceptable quote for purchasing and I'm considering ....( just the STD models mentioned, that's where the deal has evolved to)
Comment by Dennis Wish on January 25, 2011 at 2:28am

Beautiful OM-28V. They were originally created as a Martin "Vintage" re-issue around the early 90's. In fact, as I recall - and I could be wrong about this one - Martin produced two series of limited editions beginning in the 80's. The first was the "Guitar of the Month" which was limited and signed by Chris Martin IV. The second was their "Vintage" Series. I believe these were constructed as close to original specs as possible.

The OM or "Orchestra Model" Martin was created between 1929 and 1931 (these models are very rare). They were intended to replace the banjo in an orchestra and were modeled after the Martin 000 series which allowed the neck to join the body at the 14th fret and to widen the neck which ultimately benefited finger-style guitarists. I read that it started with Perry Bechtel who was a Banjo player who asked Martin to design a guitar that would join the body at the 15th fret (This came from a Wikipedia article which is not necessarily accurate). I also heard that it was modeled after the Nick Lucas model guitar intended to be played with a pick and to omit a large sound from the small body. The 000 Bechtel model replaced the banjo in the Orchestra and was then labeled at Martin's Orchestra Model or OM series guitar.

Martin has an OM-28 Eric Clapton model if you are willing to pay the price. Paul Simon plays an OM-42 series with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides.

In my opinion, an triple O series or OM series produces the most beautiful tones that I love. Everyone has a specific taste - remember how popular the Dreadnoughts are - especially if you were Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young :>)

I won't knock Taylor - they are a fine guitar and the original Taylor's from my understanding were constructed by the Luthiers' who started Breedlove Guitars - another fine instrument.

However, we are here to discuss Martins and I think we can all agree that we either waited, starved, or begged to own a Martin and nobody will ever drag my Martin from my cold.... well you get the idea ;>)

Comment by Michael & Kody on January 25, 2011 at 12:41am
Mark, that's congrats, not contest
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 25, 2011 at 12:39am
Dennis, I'm trying to forget about it, u need a magnifying glass to see it. And my Ironing Sucks......reminded me of when I had the pliers, hammer an crowbar out putting my new Acorn & Maple Leaf, tooled leather Guitar Strap on......ended up with the tail button on the floor an the amp wires dangling inside, needed new strings anyway ( had to get into the Hole to fix). Awsome Guitar Strap though, hope I don't need to take it off
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 25, 2011 at 12:23am
Wow! Contests! Mark, looks Good, need my address for shipping?
Comment by Ken Bellingham on January 25, 2011 at 12:18am
Congratulations Mark!  That's a magnificent looking instrument.  Ten years old and it looks pristine.  What a find.  You just secured for yourself a lifetime of pride and pleasure.
Comment by Mark Baker on January 24, 2011 at 11:37pm

Sorry to change the subject, but I bought my first Martin yesterday and thought you might like to hear about it (and see a couple of pics).  It's a 2001 OM-28V in truly mint condition, including the original case, that I picked up at Bizarre Guitar and Drum in Phoenix.  It sounds incredible, especially fingerpicked.  Here she is:












Comment by Michael & Kody on January 24, 2011 at 10:41pm
Interesting story, Dennis. I was a Loan Officer @ the Great Wesrern S&L on the corner of Sunset & la Cienaga, Holloywood (Near the Comedy Store.) Remember, the John Wayne commercials for GW? Interesting times, weren't they? Well, I'm happy for you an ur D 28. I was really stocked when I purchased my Martin. The salesman kept trying to steer me toasted a Taylor, and I remember telling him, " look, even if I can't play it, I'll hang it on the Wall an just look at it, if nothing else, I just want a Martin, I grew up in the 60's an that's what my friends played" so I got what I could manage at the time, but it is a Martin, an quite frankly, blindfolded & strumming it, I couldn't tell you if it was a D 35,41.45.28..... But I would know it wasn't a Gibson, Taylor, guild, etc. The Tone is unmistakable ! ( no offense to anyone, please, just my opinion ) I'm not foolin' myself though, I Want the D 35! ( I may need to play the performing artist series again, though.)

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