2014 Martin OM-42

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Stunning Martin OM-42 in superb condition throughout. Pearl front Martins are always a thing of beauty and this guitar is no exception. Dating to 2014 this near 10 year old guitar takes its cues from the classic Orchestra Model OM instruments of the 30’s and 40’s. Released initially with a rare combination of features to ease the transition for players from Banjo to Guitar early OMs had a 000 body with a 14 fret body joint, a long-scale 25.4mm neck and an (at the time) narrower nut width of 1 3/4”.

The OM-42 features tonewoods graded for their superior grain, stiffness, and appearance. Featuring an 000 body with incredibly tight grained Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The top has a a pearl rosette, 30's style belly bridge with drop-in saddle and pearl inlaid wings, and a bevelled tortoise-celluloid pickguard. The guitar's Indian rosewood back has a style 45 back strip, and the body is bound in off-white celluloid. The mahogany neck has a bound ebony fingerboard with Style 45 snowflake inlays and iconic vertical C.F. Martin inlay at the headstock. There is a Bone nut and saddle, and tuners are gold plated vintage-open-gear style.

The guitar is set up with a good action at the 12th fret at just under 3/32” or 2.25mm with height on the saddle for adjustment should it be required The 1 3/4” nut width and wider string spacing at the saddle gives the guitar a roomier feel that leans in to fingerstyle players or those that feel a little cramped in a traditional 1 11/16” nut. Acoustically balanced with a shimmer to the highs and a growl to the mids it is a great sounding instrument that strums, picks and fingerpicks well. There is a small amount of binding drift to the waist of the body and a small mark to the rear of the neck otherwise the condition is excellent with no cracks or repairs. The guitar is fitted with a K&K pickup and replacement bridge pins and saddle. The original saddle and Bridge pins are in the original Martin Case.