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Martin OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930 VTS Acoustic Guitar

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The 1930s were a particularly unpleasant time for many Americans. A factory worker lucky enough to have a steady job brought home $34 a month. A scho...Click To Read More About This Product

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EXTREMELY limited edition model with pre-CITES Brazilian rosewood body and VTS top and bracing.

The 1930s were a particularly unpleasant time for many Americans. A factory worker lucky enough to have a steady job brought home $34 a month. A school teacher saw a respectable $100 a month, while a doctor or lawyer may have brought a staggering $300 home to the family. These were the fortunate ones who could count on something regular each month to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. Everyone else held on tight and looked for heroes ... on the stage, on the screen, on the radio, anywhere. Heroes were larger than life, and heroes meant hope. Some even said no one would ever be paid more than Babe Ruth in 1930. America needed heroes.

Consider that $20,000 coach-built cars with names like Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, and Duesenberg represented unattainable opulence compared to the average $500 automobile - a luxury in its own right. A movie was a 25-cent escape, a harmonica was $1, and a proper guitar was $8 or $10. If you played guitar in 1930, you may have even heard a fantastic tale about a Martin costing upwards of $225. The OM-45 Deluxe. You only heard about it, but you never saw one because there were just 11 made in 1930. Almost ninety years later, most enthusiasts will never see an original OM-45 Deluxe- there is handful believed remaining in existence today.

The OM-45 Deluxe was royalty among all guitars of the era. Roy Rogers played one - youd be hard pressed to find a bigger hero. He was larger than life to many, and his guitar drove that point home every bit as hard as the Bambino could swing a bat. The OM-45 Deluxe became the stuff of legend for almost every reason imaginable. Most importantly it was rare and it was real and it embodied every singular quality the aficionados now consider to be Martin's "Golden Era". Its the definitive masterpiece ... period.

The 2015 "OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930" “ limited to 11 instruments - draws its inspiration and exacting specifications from the 1930 OM-45 Deluxe acquired at the Guernseys Instrument Auction in April 2014. Its Serial#44999. Its real and its on display today as a masterpiece among the C.F. Martin & Co Museum Collection in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. This careful recreation faithfully employs the most traditional construction techniques and materials available today with specifications rivalling the original from 1930. This instrument also benefits from Martins Authentic V.T.S. top and bracing; the heavily researched advanced aging process that most accurately reproduces the visual character - and most importantly - the sonic performance of the coveted 20's and 30's instruments.

A lucky few owners around the world will experience this remarkable instrument. Sadly, and once again, most enthusiasts will never see an original 2015 OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930 - there is only a handful in existence today. Theyre rare and theyre real and they embody the finest qualities and timeless traditions of the luthiers' craft. The Martin tradition since 1833.

FEATURES
  • Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
  • Body Size: 000-14 Fret
  • Top: VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce
  • Rosette: Style 45
  • Top Bracing Pattern: OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930
  • Top Braces: VTS Adirondack Spruce 5/16" with 1/4" Tone Bars - Circa 1930
  • Back Material: Solid Brazilian Rosewood
  • Back Purfling: Style - 45 Golden Era
  • Side Material: Solid Brazilian Rosewood
  • Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid in a Narrow 1930 Shape 45 Wedge
  • Endpiece Inlay: Brazilian Rosewood with Maple/Black Fiber
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Top Inlay Style: Style 42
  • Side Inlay: Brazilian Rosewood with Maple/Black Fiber
  • Back Inlay: Brazilian Rosewood with Maple/Black Fiber
  • Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Authentic 1930 Barrel & Heel
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headstock: Solid/Diamond/1930 Taper
  • Headplate: Solid Brazilian Rosewood
  • 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: 2-1/4"
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 45 Snowflakes - 1930 Authentic Style
  • Fingerboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Neck: Polished Gloss
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: Authentic Style Belly - Long Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/8"
  • Saddle: 16" Radius/Long Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Waverly Engraved Gold Banjo Tuners with Solid MOP Buttons
  • Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge & End Pins: Ivory Colored Poly with Select Pearl Dots
  • Pickguard: Tortoloid with 1930 Style Floral Inlay
  • Case: 533V Harptone
  • Interior Label: none
  • Electronics: none

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5.0

Best Guitat I've ever played

By Ace

from Phoenix AZ

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Pros

  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Martin OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930 VTS Acoustic Guitar:

    The best part about this guitar was how spacious the box is, which is great because I now live in it

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Another awesome Martin!

    By Paul

    from Illinois

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Martin OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930 VTS Acoustic Guitar:

      The average factory worker from the 30's would have to spend 196 years pay to buy this guitar. That would make it the most expensive guitar ever built. There might be a few better choices at that price.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth it all

      By Sj

      from Toledo

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands

        Comments about Martin OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930 VTS Acoustic Guitar:

        Sold my daughter into white slavery to buy this ans it was worth her endless suffering!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Stick Ever

        By Richie Rich

        from Uncle Phil's House, Bel-Aire California

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        Comments about Martin OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930 VTS Acoustic Guitar:

        This is the best guitar I've ever bought. I usually like to buy a few, stuff them full of money, and burn them for warmth. The thing is I don't really even play guitar, it's just something a crazy rich dude like me likes to do.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
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        WOW.....at this price.....

        By Skin Flint

        from pittsville

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        Comments about Martin OM-45 Deluxe Authentic 1930 VTS Acoustic Guitar:

        .....I'm tempted to get a dozen or so.....I'll take out a 2nd mortgage, and show these off to my friends....or maybe I'll just wait for that lottery jackpot......

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