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Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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The Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is equipped with an optimized version of Fishman's Aura Acoustic Imaging Blender for recording-s...Click To Read More About This Product

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Take your studio sound with you to the stage.

The Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is equipped with an optimized version of Fishman's Aura Acoustic Imaging Blender for recording-studio fidelity in live performance. The Aura system sonically keys in on the guitar's essential tonality using 6 Sound Images. These were created specifically to give the OMC-Aura the sound of the guitar captured in the studio with high-end condenser mics. These studio-captured sounds can be blended with the signal of the Gold+Plus Natural Martin pickup for an unsurpassed level of fidelity and realism. The system includes a user-programmable digital EQ, feedback control, and a chromatic tuner to give you complete command of your amplified sound on the stage.Built with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides, the mahogany neck has a comfortable modified low-oval profile. Hexagon inlays on the ebony fretboard and bridge give the guitar visual distinction. Other cosmetics include an MOP Martin logo, end pins and a bridge made of ebony and sporting abalone dots, and ebony buttons on the gold tuners. A molded case is included.

FEATURES
  • OMC-Aura model
  • Fishman Aura System w/Martin Gold+Plus Natural pickup
  • OOO-14 cutaway body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Style 45 rosette
  • D1 Hybrid bracing pattern
  • 1-style scalloped bracing
  • Solid East Indian eosewood back and sides
  • Style 45 back purfling
  • White Boltaron endpiece w/black/white inlay
  • White Boltaron binding
  • Style 41 top inlay
  • Black/White side inlay
  • Style 28 back inlay
  • Mortise/tenon neck joint
  • Genuine Mahogany neck
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • White Corian nut
  • Solid/6 string diamond/square taper headstock
  • Solid black Ebony headplate with M.O.P. CFM Logo
  • White Boltaron heelcap
  • Solid black ebony fingerboard
  • 25-2/5" scale
  • 20 frets
  • 1-3/4'' nut width
  • Pearl hexagon outline fretboard inlays
  • White Boltaron fingerboard binding
  • Polished gloss/dark filler body finish
  • Polished gloss top finish
  • Semi-gloss/dark mahogany stain/dark filler polished neck finish
  • 1-style belly solid black ebony bridge
  • 2-1/8'' bridge spacing
  • Compensated white Tusq bridge saddle
  • Gotoh gold tuners w/large ebony knobs
  • Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze strings (recommended)
  • Ebony bridge and end pins with abalone pearl dots
  • Black pickguard
  • 640 molded hardshell case
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4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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The best of the best

I have played classical for many years, and I recently decided to go to acoustic electric as I lead singing at church, and I needed a little more brightness and punch. The Martin...Read complete review

I have played classical for many years, and I recently decided to go to acoustic electric as I lead singing at church, and I needed a little more brightness and punch. The Martin OMC Aura is the best of three acoustic guitars I own. The other two are a Larrivee, and a Taylor which are also very good. However the Martin is the winner on sustain, bass, intonation and playability. I also play fingerstyle and the Martin is handsdown the best of the best. It does not have the typical extreme mellow Martin sound. It is bell like in the trebles, round and full and defined in the mids, and firm and deep in the bass. I love it.

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Not as Good as Zager

Hi - purchased guitar based on reviews and also from playing it at one of the local shops. The guitar has made a consistantly buzzing sound - I found it didn't do so well...Read complete review

Hi - purchased guitar based on reviews and also from playing it at one of the local shops. The guitar has made a consistantly buzzing sound - I found it didn't do so well when strumming. Overall, I have a cheaper Zager guitar that projects and holds the tone better. It appears to be more adapt to fingerpicking than a strumming workhorse.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best of the best

By P. Young

from Huntington Beach, CA

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I have played classical for many years, and I recently decided to go to acoustic electric as I lead singing at church, and I needed a little more brightness and punch. The Martin OMC Aura is the best of three acoustic guitars I own. The other two are a Larrivee, and a Taylor which are also very good. However the Martin is the winner on sustain, bass, intonation and playability. I also play fingerstyle and the Martin is handsdown the best of the best. It does not have the typical extreme mellow Martin sound. It is bell like in the trebles, round and full and defined in the mids, and firm and deep in the bass. I love it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Long term evaluation and comparison

By P. Young

from Huntington Beach, CA

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I have commented on this guitar here before, but I have owned it over 3 years now and it has opened up quite a bit and sounds even better now. Last month I brought a Taylor GC7 home and have been comparing it with the Martin. I returned the Taylor because the cedar top had wide grain and the back and sides were quite light in color and not really what I expected in an ordered guitar.The Taylor sounded very good, but the Martin grunt just wasn't there. I could live with the Taylor, but the Martin OMC Aura still gets my vote.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dream Guitar Martin OMC- AURA

By Patrick E. Clancy

from Toledo Ohio

Visualy striking, superb electronics, warm woody 'Americana' sound. The kind of guitar you can't set down.
This guitar is one beautiful piece of machinery! Acousticaly it's warm, woody, balanced and with just the right amount of sparkle on top. Playability is superb. Craftsmanship is top notch. Visualy the guitar looks way better in person, than it does in pictures. The contrast between the lighter parts like the tonerless top, white binding, inlays etc. and the black parts like the fingerboard, bridge, peghead overlay, tuner buttons etc. is striking. The guy who said you cant use the tuner without pluging in needs a checkup from the neckup cause all you have to do is hit the button. My band just played two nights at a local county fair and one of the soundmen came backstage on the second night to find out why my guitar sounded so good!
I have four other Martins including a 0000- custom and a custom shop built 000-42ECM(signed by Clapton) and this OMC aura is the one I gravitate to.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All Around Beautiful

By Mr LUUzer

from Covina, CA

This guitar is beautiful in every way. It really sounds as great as it looks. This is my second Martin to my DC-1E. I had been hearing high reviews of the Fishman Aura pickups. I was debating between this guitar and the 000C-16RGTE Aura. Even though it was more expensive, I decided to go with the OMC Aura. This guitar has great tone even before you plug it in. This guitar has sustain that I thought wasn't possible on acoustic guitars. My DC-1E has a deeper bass than my OMC Aura due to the body differences, but the OMC Aura is LOUD. I wouldn't have thought for it to be that loud with a smaller body than a dreadnought.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what a dressy OM should look & sound like

By emusiac

from Colorado

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I received this guitar as a gift (I did pick it out). I have an Ovation with great projection and a very even, mellow voice that was the comparison axe. This guitar is beautifully different - the separation and clarity is amazing. It's built for fingerpicking, but it's a great chording. I agree with a review that said it's not a strummer, but that's not why you buy an OM. After 20 months of playing, the spruce top's sound is opening up nicely. The Aura pickup system takes some getting used to - it has a lot of subtle sounds that I have just barely begun to explore, and the sounds are better than any piezo I've ever played. This is the first guitar I've owned with decorative inlay and such, and it is wonderfully done - every guitarist should own a Martin sometime.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin On Top Of The Game

By Egravala

from North Carolina

I've had a handmade Franklin Koa OM (Martin copy)since the mid 80's. It's a fine guitar with a beautiful tone. The playability of the Martin OMC's, the hidden electronics and the cutaway convinced me to buy a new Martin (OMC-16E Koa). These guitars are excellent and my older fingers appreciate the action on this baby. It's nice to see Martin back on top of its game. The value for the money on these guitars is phenomenal. Straight out of the case the guitar played wonderfully and its tone is almost equal to my Franklin. It seems to have a slightly better bass response which is a plus for me. The pickup sounds great and is well hidden so you keep the appearance of a standard acoustic. Check this line out before you buy a Taylor. I've played quite a few and this guitar smokes them for the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin OMC Aura comparison with Taylor 914ce

By P. Young

from Huntington Beach, CA

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I want to add to my previous review and share my experience. I have always wanted a Taylor 914ce and the other day I brought one home on trial, and I was almost shocked how much better overall the sound of the Martin was. I play fingerstyle and strum for leading singing in small groups. I simply can't describe the superior bass, separation of notes, loudness, intonation, and overall great sound the Martin exhibited. This is not to say that the Taylor was not beautiful, and had good but not great tone. Buy the Martin, and you'll never look for another acoustic electric.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally the ONE!

By Yoza-FmnRL

from Toronto, ON

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I play predominantly electric and was in need for a good, reliable acoustic/electric guitar that would record well both direct & miked. Well, I've got it! I've got this baby second-hand but in mint condition. There was a slight buzz at the beginning, but anyone with a basic knowledge of gear would know that acoustics (solid wood) are finicky, especially in North American climate. After some humidifying & setup, there wasn't a nicer acoustic guitar I've ever plaid. Haven't have a chance to record with a mic but the Aura is fantastic! The direct recorded tracks sit in a mix perfectly, sound natural & spacious - hardly any EQ/Reverb needed! I'm still to use it live, but have no doubts that it'll excel on stage as well! Highly recommended!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin did it again

By Mr. Relentless

from Miami Beach, FL

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I received my OMC Aura two days ago and it was love at first sight. I have several Martin's in my colection of 15 guitars, including an OM 42 that the Custom Shop only made 30 of, and this guitar ranks right at the top with the big boys. I made the mistake of plugging it into my Bose L1 and now my wife is mad at me because I can't seem to drag myself away from it. I went to the music store with the intention of buying the Taylor 814ce, but when the guy plugged the OMC Aura into the L1, there was no contest. It's true, the Taylor is a beautiful guitar (I have a T5), but the quality control is lacking (some of the finishes have 'orange peel' and have to be buffed out). Since Martin's are handmade, they don't suffer this problem. You will love this guitar but it helps if you're not married because if you are, you'll find yourself in trouble!

 
5.0

Easy on Eyes and Ears

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is as beautiful to listen to as it is to look at. Aura system works well emulating sounds of mics from different distances to guitar. ONLY drawback I can find is it has to have sound cable plugged in to use on board tuner.

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