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Martin Special Edition OMJM John Mayer Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Natural 

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Back in 2002, John Mayer burst onto the national music scene with hits like "No Such Thing" and "Your Body is a Wonderland." The following year, when...Read More

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Luxurious touches and tone that's second to none.

Back in 2002, John Mayer burst onto the national music scene with hits like "No Such Thing" and "Your Body is a Wonderland." The following year, when Martin introduced the OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition, people who had heard of John Mayer-and even those who hadn't-were enchanted by the guitar. Its quick neck, ultra-responsive Engelmann spruce top, silver-color line inlays and accents at the bridge and headstock, and unique fingerboard inlay proved as popular as the musician who designed it. The sizeable edition of 404 instruments sold out completely.

The release of Mayer's "Heavier Things" album in late 2003 resulted in two more hit singles, "Bigger than My Body" and "Daughters," the second of which won Grammys for "Song of the Year" and "Best Male Pop Vocal of the Year." Touring in 2004 took him to Australia, Europe, Canada and across the United States and included a memorable performance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

In 2005 he joined forces with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan to create the John Mayer Trio, playing electric blues in a series of sold-out shows: the two-night stand at the House of Blues in Chicago was recorded for "The John Mayer Trio Live in Concert," an album released in November. He also took time out to perform at benefit concerts for Hurricane Katrina relief in Atlanta and New York.

In light of John Mayer 's expanding reputation and fan base, the number of OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition guitars produced began to look awfully small. So, C. F. Martin & Co. asked John Mayer if he would create a second namesake guitar, one with many of the same attributes as his first, but one that would be more affordable and more widely available in the tradition of the wildly popular Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton. He would and he did: The OMJM John Mayer Special Edition.

Like its predecessor, the OMJM John Mayer Special Edition features a top of Engelmann spruce and back and sides of East Indian rosewood for warm, rich tone. Scalloped "Hybrid" bracing enhances the full timbre of this tonewood combination. Body appointments are also similar, with a Style 45 rosette featuring a center ring of colorful paua shell, bold herringbone around the top, black/white back purfling around the back, grained ivoroid binding throughout, an HD Style zigzag back strip, and a traditional OM teardrop polished and beveled tortoise pickguard.

The Spanish cedar neck with diamond volute is carved with playing comfort in mind, combining 1-11/16" width and low profile shape for easy fretting. The East Indian rosewood headplate sports Martin's Old Style decal in silver rather than the familiar gold (another nod to the OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition) and nickel Gotoh open-geared tuners with butterbean knobs. The black African ebony fingerboard highlights 1/8" mother of pearl position markers at the 5th, 7th (two), 9th, 15th and 17th frets, a unique 12th fret position marker of two dots flanking a slotted square, and John Mayer's signature inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

Style 45 white bridge pins and endpin are inlaid with abalone dots. The black African ebony bridge is fitted with a compensated TUSQ saddle, which combines with the factory-installed Martin Gold Plus Natural electronics for accurate, natural amplified sound. Adding to the beauty of this instrument is the flawless finish; vintage toner on the top, polished gloss nitrocellulose lacquer on the body and polished gloss on the headplate.

To provide a touch of his personal style to the OMJM John Mayer Special Edition guitar, John Mayer has created a unique art deco-inspired monogram, which is embroidered on the special vintage Geib style hardshell case. Each guitar in this open series bears an interior label imprinted with the signatures of John Mayer and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV, and individually numbered in sequence.

The Thinline Series Gold+Plus systems include an active endpin-mounted buffered preamp to achieve the most accurate and acoustic tone. The Gold+Plus Natural captures and amplifies the natural voice of instruments with well-balanced, evenly voiced top to bottom response. Includes case.

  • Solid Engelmann spruce
  • top
  • Indian rosewood back, sides, and headcap
  • Spanish cedar neck
  • African ebony fingerboard
  • Paua rosette
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Nickel open-geared Gotoh tuners
  • Scalloped hybrid bracing
  • Includes case

They don't come any sweeter than this. Make it yours today.


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Martin OMJM -Best sounding guitar I have

By tony

from New York

Comments about Martin Special Edition OMJM John Mayer Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Easily the best sounding guitar that I have. It is also the most comfortable to hold and play as it is not a massive dreadnought. I called MF Private Reserve Guitar and was in touch with Scott. I had him help me to compare the sound of this guitar with the well know sound of a Gibson J-45 and a Martin D-28. He made the comparison / experience wonderful and easy. He stayed on the phone for almost 45 minutes. I do not think it is not easy to buy an instrument of this nature online but it worked out better than expected. If anything comes up over the next few months, I will advise. But for now, I am quite happy.

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Really nice Guitar

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This is a sit on the couch for hours guitar .Get it set up to your liking and the skies the limit. By far my favorite go to guitar.Comfort,playability and tone its got it all.

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Well Worth The Investment

By Mdn25

from Boston

Comments about Martin Special Edition OMJM John Mayer Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I think this is a great guitar. It is a very specific guitar, though. Martin makes nothing else like this. It has a very similar body to the OM-28 and Clapton models, but the neck really sets the guitar apart. The lower profile neck makes it almost play like an electric guitar. I wasn't going exactly for the John Mayer tone, in buying this guitar, but it definitely factored into the purchase. What really sets the guitar apart are the specs. I loved the OM-28 V, and even liked the tone in that guitar a tiny bit more than in the OMJM, because it has a different type of bracing, but I went with the OMJM because the neck, because I couldn't live with the v neck, and the difference in tone is really negligible.

I got this guitar as an impusle purchase. I was looking for guitars from the $1,000-$1,500 price range. I figured, though that in that range, especially with Martins and Taylors, I would not have ended up completely satisfied. I saw no point in buying a guitar in that range, especially, as it would be something I could see myself getting rid of after a handful of years. So, I ended up taking a risk with the OMJM and it really paid off. Everyhting quality wise that I was hoping for, and I can see myself keeping this guitar indefinitely. Moreover, just playing the guitar has inspired me and allowed me to reach a new level of playing. It is almost as if my job is to just release songs from this guitar, and they just write themselves. If you can afford it, I definitely recommend investing in this guitar. I can only look forward to it becoming more beautiful with age.
The guitar comes with Martin's thinline + pickup system. I actually prefer this system for its simplicity. Though you cannot have complete tone control, all you have to do is plug and play. I have only had enough time to play one show with it, and I plugged it straight into the PA system. I was very surprised at how great the guitar sounded through the system, and found that the pickups reproduced a very accurate and clear tone.

In purchasing this guitar, I was looking at a players' series model with the aurora system. Though the guitars do not compare, I was less inclined to purchase one of the players series. Though the features are great on that system, I was most nervous about out of warranty repairs. Though the thinline system in the OMJM is simple by comparrison to Taylor's ES, or the Aurora system, it won't be a huge cost to replace down the road if things go wrong with it.

I also enjoy the system because the OMJM retains the look of a true acoustic, and the only thing that gives it away is the jack incorprated into the strap button.
The quality on this guitar is up there with the best guitars I have ever played. Though the guitar looks stellar in pictures, you really have to see the guitar in person to appreciate the workmanship. Furthermore, the inlays and bindings are very tastefully done. They are not too flashy, and when included with the vintage toner and open gear tuners, they really make for a rich looking guitar. The guitar looks especially great in the case, as the maroon liner really complements the vintage toner and finish. The finish upon receiving the guitar was flawless and the aroma of the rosewood sides and spruce top really hit you when you first open the case. I have had the guitar for a couple of months now and that smell is still one of my favorite qualities of the guitar. Even the small things, like the pickguard which was perfectly flawlessly polished and was of a much higher quality than the printed tortoise shell pickguards of other similarly priced guitars.

In terms of tone, I don't think anything beats this guitar. I am partial to rosewoods, but this guitar really sings, given that it is a narrower and smaller body. This guitar plays everything well from strumming to fingerstyle. I love how not only is the guitar loud and warm, but it gives more of a raw, masculine tone.
I think a lot of people feel that you are paying for the name with this guitar, but it is based off of the OM-28 vintage, and that guitar is $3100 dollars. With the OMJM, you get not only the pickup system installed, but also higher quality inlays in the bridge pins and the paua rosette lining the soundhole. Is it worth the $200 dollar premium? More or less, yes.

I was a little disappointed with the case. The black layer began to peel less than a month into owning the guitar. Also, the locking latch keeps jamming and when it pops out, the top slams back down. I don't think it is bad, but just another annoying thing. Aesthetically, it is a great case, but it has not up to the standards I was hoping for. Also, not a big fan of the "JMC" embroidered on it. Always face questions about whose initials they are.

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By Jpack207

from St. Louis, MO

Comments about Martin Special Edition OMJM John Mayer Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Wow, this guitar blows me away in every way. Once you pick it up and play it, you know you've got a quality guitar. I will say that even though it sounds amazing with a pick, this is truly a finger pickers guitar. I'm a pretty big Mayer fan but it really doesn't matter if you like his style or not. This guitar rocks either way! If you are serious about getting a quality guitar, this is certainly one to consider.

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