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Martin Custom OM-28 with VTS Acoustic Guitar 2152335

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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

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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
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Jamming (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing, simply amazing must have gear

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...Read complete review

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

I tried it and sent it back

I own many high end martins and gibsons and gig them regularly. This one was good and resonant in the bass and low midrange and was really poor in the upper mids and treble. ...Read complete review

I own many high end martins and gibsons and gig them regularly. This one was good and resonant in the bass and low midrange and was really poor in the upper mids and treble. I wanted it for the mids and treble that these are supposed to produce. Not very loud. The fret board felt like a toy guitar. These are being sold at discount and I feel like the VTS may be a commercial move to sell insturments. I believe in the torriefied wood, but this one seems like a gimmick. Most guitar players would be impressed with the one I had but it was lacking in areas. It did sound great when played in the first five frets. after that, not so good. Maybe it was just this one. I sent it back quick.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing, simply amazing must have gear

By Otto Mechanic

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)

     
    3.0

    follow up on the other review, I sent

    By I don't have a nickname

    from North Carolina

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    Part of the reason that I felt like this is a gimmick to sell instruments is, OM-28 does not appear on the guitar, Only the word special. The words Custom OM-28 is a model and not a custom shop instrument. They didn't even put the model (Custom OM-28) in the Guitar. The word Custom has been used on some not so great production guitars at Martin.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I tried it and sent it back

    By I don't have a nickname

    from North Carolina

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    I own many high end martins and gibsons and gig them regularly. This one was good and resonant in the bass and low midrange and was really poor in the upper mids and treble. I wanted it for the mids and treble that these are supposed to produce. Not very loud. The fret board felt like a toy guitar. These are being sold at discount and I feel like the VTS may be a commercial move to sell insturments. I believe in the torriefied wood, but this one seems like a gimmick. Most guitar players would be impressed with the one I had but it was lacking in areas. It did sound great when played in the first five frets. after that, not so good. Maybe it was just this one. I sent it back quick.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rich Martin Tone

    By Guitarman 15596

    from Manassas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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.

        (1 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        More than 100 made

        By Rik

        from Buffalo N.Y.

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

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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

             
            5.0

            It's the real deal...

            By Chris

            from Florida

            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

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

              The Martin "Special OM-28 VTS" guitar is outstanding in every way. WOW! It arrived with a perfect set-up. Its case is also a small upgrade over Martin 15 and 17 series' wood covered cases, and good enough. I contacted Martin about the VTS top on the guitar before buying. I wanted to know that if after torrefaction the top was going to continue to age, albeit much more slowly that new wood? My question was answered promptly by a customer service employee at Martin who said he asked my question to Martin's head of Instrument Design. The answer was yes, the VTS top will continue to age, very slowly. So, it is not a dead top. Derek was my sales associate and he could not have been more kind and patient. After all, buying a higher-end Martin isn't cheap. My guitar is labeled "Special" on its wooden serial number plate and not "Custom." The sales tags say "Custom." Guitar Center/Musicians Friend ordered 100 a of these exact guitars as a "Custom" order from Martin. It sold out and ordered more. The extras, mine included are called "Special." I knew this before I made my purchase. My "Special OM-28 VTS" guitar is of heirloom quality.

               
              5.0

              It's the real deal...

              By Chris

              from Florida

              See all my reviews

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

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

                  The Martin "Special OM-28 VTS" guitar is outstanding in every way. WOW! It arrived with a perfect set-up. Its case is also a small upgrade over Martin 15 and 17 series' wood covered cases, and good enough.

                  I contacted Martin about the VTS top on the guitar before buying. I wanted to know that if after torrefaction the top was going to continue to age, albeit much more slowly that new wood? My question was answered promptly by a customer service employee at Martin who said he asked my question to Martin's head of Instrument Design. The answer was yes, the VTS top will continue to age, very slowly. So, it is not a dead top.

                  Derek was my sales associate and he could not have been more kind and patient. After all, buying a higher-end Martin isn't cheap.

                  My guitar is labeled "Special" on its wooden serial number plate and not "Custom." The sales tags say "Custom." Guitar Center/Musicians Friend ordered 100 a of these exact guitars as a "Custom" order from Martin. It sold out and ordered more. The extras, mine included are called "Custom." I knew this before I made my purchase.

                  My "Special OM-28 VTS" guitar is of heirloom quality.

                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderful guitar and customer Service

                  By D

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Slightly different than advertised specs

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

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

                  This was my first purchase from Musician's Friend and it was an excellent experience. The only slight glitch was some confusion over the specs: it shipped with grover tuners when the website (and Martin's specs) said gotoh, and the neck block says "special" instead of "custom shop". I ended up playing this guitar alongside a standard 2018 OM-28 at a local shop and preferred this VTS model. It's just slightly dryer, more articulate, and has better note separation. It's also drop dead gorgeous and looks more authentically "vintage" than the aged toner applied to the 2018 model.

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow!

                  By A VERYsatisfied retired dude...

                  from Springfield, Illinois

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

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

                    I am a relative newbie to guitar. The first goal when I retired in 2016 was to learn how to play. Within one week, I lined up a guitar instructor (Jay) who I now also call my friend. With an old Ibanez acoustic in hand, I began my exciting path to becoming a musician. Following a Fender Tele purchase (thank you to my wife), then a Gibson Les Paul Trad purchase (thank you to me for working hard all my life!), I then started scouting for an acoustic upgrade. My guitar instructor directed me immediately to Martin. When I made my final selection for this incredible instrument, I placed my order online with MF. Unfortunately, due to high demand for Martin guitars in general, and for this specific VTS guitar, my order was placed on back order, and pushed back on back order several times. My thanks goes out to the customer service staff at MF for being so very patient with me! I need to single out Nick Sage who ended up holding my hand throughout my wait period! Thanks again Nick!

                    Back to the guitar. It is amazing! The tone is by far the most dominating feature to this wonderful instrument. Being my first Martin, I have nothing to compare. All I can say is for anyone looking for a guitar with a pure sweet full sound, and easy to play even in a newbies hand, go for it. You will not be disappointed!

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Guitar!

                    By fingerpickinggood

                    from Greater Chicago Area

                    About Me Novice

                    See all my reviews

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

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

                      This will be my go to finger-picking guitar.

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