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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 3, 2011 at 1:25pm
Didn't know that about the tone woods. Hey, you wouldn't be the author and movie advisor Mark Baker, would you?
Comment by Mark Baker on January 3, 2011 at 10:48am

Thanks for the input, Michael and Forrest.  I take the point about the additional volume from a longer-scale guitar, but I have the same ergonomic issues myself.  Both models are built from the same tone woods (Sitka spruce and rosewood, according to the Martin web site), but the OM-21 Special uses lighter top braces (1/4" vs. 5/16").  Of course, my other option would be to order a custom shop guitar and get exactly what I want - but the cost would be higher.  You're right, Michael, I'll have to try them both out - if I can find them both in stock in a nearby store...




Comment by Ed Rhoades on January 2, 2011 at 5:04pm

I just put up a short clip of me playing my new Martin D15M. 

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 2, 2011 at 4:12pm

Mark -

I have a 000-28EC and find it to be an excellent guitar. I fingerpick and I play clasical also so I need a wide spacing at the bridge - this one is just fine. I like the modifed V neck too. Though I also have a D-41 Special and an old D-28 (and other guitars), the 000-EC is the one folks ask me to bring when I'm invited to jams and gigs. The body shape is identical to the OM. The sound is very nice and I believe a bit stronger than the OM-21, which is also a great guitar but made from different tone woods so the sound is different. You'll need to make the decision after playing both, but I think you'll be happy with either one once you decide on the sound. Please let me know if you have mored detailed questions. Take care - m.

Comment by Forrest Anderson on January 2, 2011 at 2:52pm
I don't own either of those guitars, but I've played a number of them.  I've always thought the OM-21 was one of Martin's greatest values.  Theoretically, the longer scale gives you more volume.  Also, many people, including Eric Schoenberg, consider the OM to be the best all around guitar design, that is, good for fingerstyle and strumming.  That said, I like 000s, too; the longer scales are getting tough for me ergonomically and when I'm trying to do stretch chords.  I've played some pretty sweet 000ECs.
Comment by Mark Baker on January 2, 2011 at 11:37am

Hello, everyone.  I'm new here and I don't own a Martin yet - but new guitar season (when I get my annual bonus) is approaching and I plan to own one soon.  Specifically, I'm looking for a guitar for fingerpicking, with an ideal (for me) of a small-bodied guitar with relatively wide string spacing and a short scale.  I've found two standard Martin models that come close: the 000-28EC and the OM-21 Special.  The former's string spacing isn't quite as wide as I'd like and the latter is a long-scale model, but either might do the trick.  Anyone have experience with either model, or other recommendations?




Comment by Charles on January 1, 2011 at 1:01pm

I have stumbled across some internet ads for the Pete Seeger artist series 12 string by Martin on Elderly Instruments and the UMGF (Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum).  Looks like the newer Jumbo body Martin 12 string with the triangular sound hole Pete has used for decades.  Now I think that Pete has played some Martin 6 strings....but I recall reading that his 12 string was actually a barritone scale crafted by a small maker of guitars.  It was not a Martin.  Anyway, the Martin website is strangely quiet on the matter to is not listed amongst their available models.  Anyone know how soon this model may be available? 

Comment by Jonathan Gates on December 25, 2010 at 10:13am
heard of a german co making copies of vintage martins. available thru the music emporium in lexington ma. start around $15 000.
Comment by Jonathan Gates on December 6, 2010 at 9:26pm
Hope to be. Long drive thru open country. Not feeling as frisky these days. Thank you.
Comment by Bernie on December 6, 2010 at 5:33pm
I just sent an e-mail to the WWBL&M to see what info I can get. Jonnathan the Chili Jam is Thursday will you be there? I know in this weather traveling can be a deturant

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