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Martin OM-28E Retro Series Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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A modern re-creation of the classic Orchestra model, the OM-28E Retro is ideal for the guitarist who enjoys fingerstyle techniques. The OM-28E Retro ...Read More


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A classic Orchestra model with modern electronics and a high performance neck.

A modern re-creation of the classic Orchestra model, the OM-28E Retro is ideal for the guitarist who enjoys fingerstyle techniques. The OM-28E Retro carries a distinct vintage-inspired design with modern playability.

C. F. Martin & Co. is inviting musicians to take a trip back in time with the introduction of a groundbreaking guitar technology available in the new four-piece Retro Series: D-18E Retro, D-45E Retro, HD-28E Retro, and OM-28E Retro. Paying homage stylistically and sonically to the iconic classic Martin guitars of the 1930's and 40's, this series features traditional non-cutaway Martin guitars incorporating significant advancements in plugged-in sound reproduction. The series exquisitely captures a sought-after sound, melding traditional models with state-of-the-art technology, and will appeal to musicians and guitar aficionados alike.

Martin designers dove back into the rich history residing in the Martin museum and chose world-class examples to use as "tone donors." These guitars include a 1942 D-45, a 1941 D-28, a 1937 D-18 and a 1934 000-28 (long-scale) on loan from Vintage Instruments. Each of these guitars possesses unique tonal characteristics that can be attributed to the passing of time. The premise was to convince the new guitars into electronically behaving as if they were the museum guitars.

Developing the new Retro Series electronic foundation, Fishman electronically infused the essence of the museum instruments into the newly created Martin counterparts, a new technology for both companies. To build upon this "vintage-conditioned" sound, Martin Guitar teamed up with Fishman and Grammy Award -winning producer Bill VornDick at his historic Mountainside Studios in Nashville for a multi-step process. They utilized VornDick's private collection of rare vintage and boutique microphones, many of which date back to the 30's and are iconic recording industry microphones. This collection adds unique coloring to the plugged-in sound, reminiscent of the first microphones these museum guitars would have ever encountered in the professional recording studio.

The Retro series instruments are vintage in appearance but will have enhanced playability including a modern "High Performance Neck" taper and modified low oval profile. They will all have the new Fishman F1 Aura + electronics system featuring "Easy Mode" with three pre-blended mic/pickup presets and all of the programmability and tweakability of the original F1 Aura in "Performance Mode. "

Great for studio or live, this series reproduces the pristine sound that until now could only be accomplished in a highly-controlled studio setting with talented engineers.

VornDick said it best after hearing the finished product, "The plugged-in sound of these instruments is by far, the best reproduced acoustic sound I've ever heard." Includes case.

  • Orchestra body size
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Standard ''X'' scalloped
  • High performance neck
  • Fishman F1 Aura Plus pickup system

Experience the vibe and exceptional electric sound of this special guitar. Order today.


OM-28E Retro Series Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Model: OM-28E Retro
  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Size: 000-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Style 28
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped
  • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 1/4''
  • Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Back Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
  • Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Endpiece: none
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Top Inlay Style: Bold Herringbone
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: none
  • Neck Material: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
  • Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Large Old Style
  • Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamond and Squares- Short Pattern
  • Fingerboard Binding: none
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Drop-In Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean knobs
  • Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
  • Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Tortoise Colored Dots
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case: 433 Hardshell
  • Interior Label: none
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Aura Plus

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Awesome Acoustic

By AlanV

from Virginia


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Comments about Martin OM-28E Retro Series Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Got this guitar from my wife as a 60th birthday present, after visiting the Marting Guitar Factory and looking at several models last year.

I felt that this guitar is more representative of all of the Martins, since it is essentialy a reproduction of a 1930's Martin. It wasn't until the 40's they started making larger guitars.

This is simply a stunning guitar, both visually and sonically. It excels for fingerstyle performers, but works equally well for strumming.

I did drop the action on it by 2/32 and now it plays perfectly for what I do.

This will be the last acoustic for me...and I couldn't be happier.

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Absolutely Amazing Guitar!

By PinkFloyd1010

from Allentown, Pennsylvania

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  • Beautiful top
  • Low action
  • Perfect Intonation
  • Tone


  • Expensive

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  • Blues
  • Classical
  • Finger Picking
  • Flat picking
  • Rock
  • Strumming

Comments about Martin OM-28E Retro Series Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Basically, if you're looking for a top of the line guitar that you can play for the rest of your life, this is your guitar. It plays amazingly, sounds great with that tone only a Martin has, and it has amazing intonation. I spent about a year looking at just about every acoustic guitar possible; Deans, Gibsons, Taylors, Breedlove, etc. The Martin stood out after I took the factory tour. They put so much hand done work into their guitars, and I knew any guitar out of their Nazareth factory would be top of line and worth the price. This guitar plays better than any other acoustic (and some electrics) guitar I have ever played. It sounds incredible, and I have difficulty putting it down. The pictures on Musician's Friend don't do it ANY justice, it is just the most beautiful guitar. ABSOLUTELY recommend it to a friend. GOOD LUCK and HAPPY PLAYING!!

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Elegant and deceptively simple.


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    Comments about Martin OM-28E Retro Series Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This runt of the much-hyped new Retro series marks the first post-70s Martin I've purchased, and I imagine if you're reading this you know why I've shied away in recent years. With that in mind, I'll cut right to the point: this is a great instrument. It's supremely comfortable to play, pretty to look at, and it sounds phenomenal whether plugged in or natural. It exhibits thorough tonal range, and it's surprisingly loud for a 000. True to pedigree, you're likely to find your pick is getting seriously neglected, regardless of style. Say what you will about the "Performing Artist" neck, it plays like proverbial butter, and I count myself among fans of the hard V. For those unacquainted with the Fishman Aura, there's definitely a learning curve to the "Performance Mode" of the electronics, but that's totally what you make of it -- the presets in "Easy Mode" sound more than adequate through my Bose L1, with plenty of versatility from setting to setting. Actually, the installed pickup is pretty sweet even without blending. It was the F1 Aura Plus that sold me on this whole idea, but truth be told the OM-28E hasn't clocked many hours plugged in. Hasn't needed to. Still, when the time comes to record or play live, I'm anticipating great things. Bottom line: I'm a Gibson/Guild guy when it comes to new or recent vintage acoustics, and not for lack of trying Martins. This little baby, however, I recommend without reservation. Is it worth the 3k I paid? (Not 3400...always remember to call your friendly MF rep and negotiate a little...) Eye of the beholder. Is it a keeper? No doubt. It does what it claims to, and it feels and plays like a top-shelf piece of equipment.

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