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Martin 1-Series OMC-1E Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The 1-Series OMC-1E Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar is an affordable, solid wood-bodied guitar, backed by Martin's heritage of over 175 year...Click To Read More About This Product

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Top notch luthiery and the legendary tone you've come to expect from Martin”all at a price you can afford.

The 1-Series OMC-1E Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar is an affordable, solid wood-bodied guitar, backed by Martin's heritage of over 175 years in skilled building excellence and a limited lifetime warranty. Constructed from solid tonewoods including a Sitka spruce top, bookmatched sapele back and sides, as well as an East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, the 1-Series OMC-1E creates that legendary rich and commanding Martin sound guitarists everywhere have come to know and love. The acoustic-electric guitar comes equipped with a Fishman Aero sound reinforcement system featuring volume and tone controls and an onboard digital chromatic tuner. The OMC-1E comes with Martin SP strings for great long-lasting tone and sustain, as well as a hardshell case to provide protection and security.

Martin has created the 1-Series to deliver legendary Martin quality and tone at a more accessible price.

Solid Sitka spruce top
Bookmatched Sapele back and sides
East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge
Fishman sound reinforcement system
Martin SP strings
Model: OMC-1E
Label: Paper Label w/ Model Name
Construction: 1 Style; Ply Blocks; Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-14 Fret Cutaway
Top: Sitka Spruce
Top Braces: Sitka/X1 Style/Scalloped
Pattern: 000-14 Fret #102a
Bridge Plate: Maple
Side Brace: Sitka Spruce
Top Binding: 5/32'' Black Boltaron
Top Inlay: .0325'' B/W Boltaron (White Against Binding)
Rosette: Style 28; First Cut 4.063''
Pickguard: Black, Pattern 6 (Om28 Style)
Back: Solid Sapele
Back Binding: 5/32'' Black Boltaron
Sides: Solid Sapele
Endpiece: Black Boltaron
Neck: Rust Stratabond
Neck Shape: Mod Low Oval
Headstock: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper
Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable 356mm
Heelcap: Black Boltaron
Nut: White Corian
Headplate: Indian Rosewood Pattern HPL Texture Finish w/ Printed Logo
Tuning Machines: Ping Chrome- 18:1 Ratio W/ Small Knobs (Drill Y Step)
Fingerboard: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Radius: 16''
Scale Length: 25.470''
Width At Nut: 1-3/4''
Width At 12 Fret: 2-1/4''
Fret Wire: Standard
Fret Slot: .020''
Frets Clear: 14
Total Frets: 20
Pearl Inlay: Style 28
Side Dots: White Boltaron
Side Dot Position: One At 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, Two At 12th, One At 15th & 17th Frets
Finish Body Package: Catalyzed Satin/ Dark Filler/Med. Cherry Stain
Finish Top: Catalyzed Satin
Bridge: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Style: 1 Style Belly/Deeper Slot
String Spacing: 2-1/4''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Electronics: Fishman Aero +
Strap Button: Ping Chrome
Strings: MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
Bridge Pins: White w/ Black Dots
End Pin: End Pin Jack w/ Chrome Cap
Case: 330

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Highly recommended

By LoveMusic

from Tomball, TX

I did a lot of research online and narrowed my search down to 4 potential brand/models (Martin wasn't one of them because I thought they were too expensive). Went to many stores. Played many brands and models and found a used Martin that I immediately bonded with. Then I found this new one for not much more. What a great purchase.I have played this guitar almost daily since getting it a few weeks ago. It is excellent. It smells wonderful. No buzzing frets, perfect intonation, is very loud if you play it hard and mellows down if you play it softly. Sustain is impressive too. It has really inspired me to play. A great price for an all-wood American built guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


bought it blind

By dablitz

from Abilene Texas

I've been playing in the closet on an inexpencive acoustic guitar for about 40 years. I made the decision about 6 months ago, now that the kids are grown and gone, that i would take my music more seriously and aquire an assortment of decent guitars. i bought a nice Epiphone casino archtop, an american strat and i chose the Martin OMC1E as my acoustic.When i bought the martin i ordered it over the internet i had my concerns as i had never played that particular model. We have a martin dealer here in Abilene and i tested some of his models in stock but they were all out of my budget. so i went online and read several reviews on this guitar and decided to take a chance. best decision i ever made. i love the tone and the playability. i have large hands and fingers and the wide neck is awesome i don't accidently mute strings anymore. i use this guitar more than the strat or casino combined although i love them too. great value - best bang for your buck. i highly recommend this guitar to anyone who has ever wanted a martin but can't afford the higher priced models.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


solid guitar

By hwyhome studio

from NE Arkansas

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I was looking for a good acoutic/electric. After many hours of comparing I narrowed it down to 3 guitars:the Taylor 214ce; Breedlove 25/cr: and this Martin. They all played nice but the Martin was far louder and had better bottom end than the others. After playing for a while the Taylor and Breedlove sounded tinny-but Martin guitars are known for that deep bass sound. Workmanship is superb, nice hardshell case.I don't think you can beat it for the money.The stratabond neck will probably outlast solid wood.All around solid guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great guitar!

By midiguitar

from Pennsylvania

I was a little hesitant about ordering this guitar but I have been extremely pleased with it. It has bright highs, decent bass, great sustain, and flexible electronics. I've had a Martin D-28 for 33 years and needed a guitar better suited for fingerstyle. My main gig is in a large church and the EQ controls have been great to get the right sound. I would say that plugged in and unplugged have two different sounds, but both are great sounds. This is a well-made no-nonsense guitar made with high quality and no frills - just what I like. For the price this is an amazing guitar and I have absolutely no regrets.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


One may not be enough!

By vypyrbandit

from Ventura, California

I was looking for a fingerstyle acoustic and this one really shined. (The nut width of 1.75 inches and the wider string spacing at the bridge makes playing these without a pick a dream!) So I bought one retail and love it. Then I found one on eBay for a bit less and bid on it and won it. So now I have to decide. The thing is, the are both so wonderful I don't want to give either up! I am thinking of keeping both because they both have slightly different voices which I love. The first one must have a little heavier bracing or something because there seem to be fewer overtones. Anyway, they are great for fingerstyle and strumming too. You can't go wrong with one (or in my case two?) Try one and see! They're amazing!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fate brought me this Guitar

By Hydropsyche

from Canada

I'm just a guy who didn't want to play cheap guitars anymore. I promised myself if I was still playing every day after 5 years, I would spring for a quality guitar. Okay. $500? But first I needed to know what sounded good to me. What fit my hands and style. After a lot of homework and hours strumming guitars in local shops, I kept going back to the Martin OM1. So imagine my surprise when I stopped at a pawn shop and they happened to have a "nice one" in the back. An OMC-1E in mint condition. I mean, what are the chances?Like a sole mate. If you don't recognize fate when it happens, you lose. It was more then $500 but money is no object when your Siren sings to you.It may be psychological, but my playing has improved with this guitar. It feels so natural and sounds so beautiful. I must add that extra lick and strum.If you are like me and this guitar is a little out of your range, just ask yourself "am I really into music or is it just a passing phase". If you are really into it, you won't ever regret this purchase.


sweet guitar for a great price


  • Comfortable to play
  • Good Tone
  • Great price


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    Great guitar for a great price. Has really good tone. Not a lot of extra bells and whistles. Sounds good plugged in or acoustic.

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    awsome acoustic

    By mikefins63

    from Punta Gorda, Fl

    as a young boy growing up i was always told Martin made the best guitar, now as a grown man i have always wanted a Martin and now i finally have one, the OMC-1E is a fantastic guitar the neck is smooth and has a great look to it, i know what a satin finish is but was expecting a little more shine to the body, it has a very thin satin finish,almost natural wood but, upon picking it up and starting to play it i understood why the finish was thin, the sound is amazing, having a very thin finish the wood really resinates and has a great tone and ring to it. the on board electronics are great to especially the tuner. you can really tell the quality and workmanship that is put into this guitar and yes it is made in the U.S.A. the price on this is low for the quality you get, you cant go wrong with this guitar, after all it is a Martin.


    Best Choice ever!

    By cross87

    from MT

    I was looking for a acoustic and when I saw this I knew the search was over. I pre ordered this and received it about 2 weeks sooner then expected! The quality is amazing and I love the the Sapele back and sides, the Stratabond neck is really nice and action is just right. I was gonna go with a mid priced yamaha but I'm so glad I went with this martin. Lots of fun to play!


    Perfect acoustic for me.

    By Dawson A

    from Chicago, IL

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    After many thousands of hours of melodic shredding and sweeping on my solid body electric (an Ibanez Prestige,) I'm switching the focus over to acoustic for awhile to broaden my play style. I already own a Seagull that sounds wonderful but feels enormous in comparison to my super slim Ibanez electric, so I went to the nearest Guitar Center and test drove nearly all of their acoustics. For my hands the FEEL of the Martin OMC-1E couldn?t be matched by anything. Slim, comfortable body; full, bright sound and the action is fantastic across the board. I think it should be noted that I play with a pick and that for finger picking this guy felt a little ?tougher? than some of the higher end models. (Needs to be broken in a little &#6151) On a universally positive note, I realllly wailed on it and after about 45 minutes of HARD strumming this baby was still in near perfect tune.After playing the OMC-1E everything else I tried felt cheap in comparison. Some of the higher end Martins and Taylors had a little brighter sound, and beautiful finishes on them, but for sheer playability and value, the Martin OMC-1E sits at the top of my list.


    Great Axe

    By CKPicks

    from Maxville Ontario

    I have had this guitar for about 1 year now, am extremely pleased with it. It is great for finger picking with a slightly larger neck, has a great sound, projection is loud and has a nice feel to the fretboard. Electronics are decent and accurate enough. I picked mine up as a used, had a slight scratch on it and got it for a steal. It is worth the price and more. For those who think it is a disguised neck, it is a wood laminated neck. A laminated wood neck can be, and in most cases, is stronger than a solid wood neck. This is not a fake finish on it. Do you really think Martin would put a fake finish on it? I have many guitars and this is one of my favorites. If you are looking for a really great playing guitar, get this one. You won't be sorry. Love it!


    Martin 1-Series OMC-1E

    By dawg :)

    from NM

    Just picked one of these up. Last Martin I had was a 1949 OO18. The old one I had when I was a kid and it didn't have the cutaway. I find the sound and quality similar and have absolutely no complaints.Best value for my money.

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