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Martin Custom OM-28 with VTS Acoustic Guitar Natural

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This exclusive Custom OM-28 VTS Orchestra Acoustic Guitar couples vintage sound with modern playability and craftsmanship. This guitar was designed t...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-05-2018

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Utilizes a special torrefaction process to give it the warmth and tone of a guitar you've been playing for years.

This exclusive Custom OM-28 VTS Orchestra Acoustic Guitar couples vintage sound with modern playability and craftsmanship. This guitar was designed to target the highly-collectible vintage sound and tone of Martin’s Golden Era, the 1930s.

Orchestra Model
Martin invented the Orchestra model in 1929 for a world-famous banjo player named Perry Bechtel. During the 1920s, the banjo was the most popular stringed instrument. As the Roaring 20s died with the Great Depression, Perry Bechtel realized people didn’t feel so "roaring," and that the sound of the banjo was dying. If he was to survive as a musician, he needed to go in the direction of the new sound, and that was the guitar.

So, in early 1929, Perry took his banjo to Martin, and said, "Can you build me a small-bodied guitar with a long neck." Martin experimented, and eventually created the Orchestra Model. To create this new guitar, Martin used their auditorium body, brought the shoulders of the guitar in, and joined the neck to the body at the 14th fret. (Prior to this OM, acoustic guitars were joined to the body at the 12th fret). When Perry heard that Martin had created him a new guitar, he could hardly wait to play his instrument. And as many of you know, the Martin OM re-defined the acoustic guitar, by being the first acoustic guitar to have 14-frets clear of the body. This 14-fret design became so popularity with players that Martin integrated into their dreadnought models in 1934.

Vintage Tone System
With Martin’s revolutionary Vintage Tone System, they are able to target the sound of Martin guitars within a ten-year period. Martin’s VTS is a proprietary temperature aging process that allows Martin to target the sound of their vintage acoustic guitars within a decade. Martin has honed this process by benchmarking some of the finest examples of their 182-year history, found in their Nazareth, PA museum. Once they have aged the top to the correct moisture content and look of the period, it is ready to be placed on only the finest custom and authentic models. With this Custom OM-28 VTS Orchestra Acoustic Guitar, they select a premium-grade of Sitka spruce for the top, and temperature age it to target the sound of the 1930s. They then combine this VTS top with the precision and playability of a modern custom OM-28, to create an auditorium guitar that has an extraordinary sound, with the playability of modern precision and technology.

The Custom OM-28 VTS Orchestra Acoustic Guitar has a clear, defined treble and midrange tone, with a very balanced, punchy bottom end. It's very expressive, with a lot of volume and tone.

USA-made in Nazareth, PA. Comes with a 3-ply hardshell case.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: 000-14 Fret
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: 1/4" Scalloped (Sitka)
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Modern low oval with PA taper
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Fingerboard: Black Ebony
  • Neck wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Brand: Not applicable
  • Configuration: Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ: Not applicable
  • Feedback filter: Not applicable
  • Tuner: Not applicable
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Chrome
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Bone, Compensated Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: VTS
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: United States

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MartinCustom OM-28 with VTS Acoustic Guitar
 
4.0

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75%

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Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

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Best Uses

  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing, simply amazing must have gear

By OttoMatick

from Seattle, WA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Custom OM-28 with VTS Acoustic Guitar:

    I wanted a rosewood 000 or OM. Almost brought a used omjm a couple different times. MF has had some smoking sales lately and I missed a couple good deals because I didn't pull the trigger. When this beacame part of the FALL sale knowing the omjm and 000-28ec is based on this basic model and this model had VTS, I just did it, tossed aside self control, took the heavyest one they had and here it is. After a few self tweaks to the truss rod, lowering the saddle a couple mm, like tone wowsville, this sounds as loud and has as much bass response as my HD-28e retro. Even my wife noticed. You know how wives are, they let us have multiple guitars so we don't get multiple girl friends, and she noticed how good this sounded over an HD28e retro, an 000-18e retro, a gpcpa1 big leaf maple custom shop, a 000-15m, she never knows what I am playing until this guitar. Now if she knows and hears the difference imagine how much I and you will notice how fripping sweet this guitar sounds and plays. This sounds incredibly good and should be added to your arsenal of guitars. The neck is like butter. Adding Fishman AG series passive piezo for electronics. My top has red streaks going through it, says sitka but I've only seen Engleman red spruce like that. The VTS is amazing, Better get one of these before none are left! I think I got the next to last one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rich Martin Tone

    By Guitarman 15596

    from Manassas

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Custom OM-28 with VTS Acoustic Guitar:

      I feel so lucky to have this guitar as my primary rehearsal instrument; everything I play on this instrument sounds better; great for fingerstyle, strumming, folk, blues, intricate work, power chords, it all sounds beautiful. The neck is perfect for my small hands, low profile mahogany, the VTS offers a richness that sounds better every time I pick it up.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Instrument

      By LT

      from Temecula, ca

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Custom OM-28 with VTS Acoustic Guitar:

        What can I tell you except this is a fine, rich, full instrument. I have had mine through four sets of strings now, and for my fingers and ears, I found that John Pearse nickel strings work very well and really add to the vintage tone this instrument projects. I may get a set up down the line when things have settled in a bit more, but as for tone and overall construction and attention to detail, this is a real winner. This is roughly my 9th Martin, and I'm going to be keeping it around for quite some time.

        (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
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        More than 100 made

        By Rik

        from Buffalo N.Y.

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin Custom OM-28 with VTS Acoustic Guitar:

            Call Martin, check your serial #... Returned Mine... it was#250

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