Martin Guitars OM-42
Sonic EvaluationThis OM-42 has extravagant sound to go with its luxurious looks. It's quite responsive, and when you dig all sorts of pleasant overtones pop out of the midrange. The bass response is warm, and rich--sort of like artisan milk chocolate for your ears. Most importantly, it's the sort of low-end that blends nicely. I love to test acoustic guitars by playing a C chord in open position with the low E string in the bass. This OM-42 passed that particular test with flying colors, as the rich rosewood tones in the low-end blended beautifully with the broad midrange and the sparkly highs with no ugly frequencies or flub.
Overall, this is a very rich-sounding guitar, but it doesn't have quite as much boom as a dreadnought because of its smaller body. So, it sounds full yet well-mannered. It's also quite versatile. Strumming chords on this OM-42 is quite satisfying thanks to its robust voice, and fingerstylists will appreciate how well its warm overtones blend after the initial woody attack. Both parties will be delighted at how much mass single-notes carry, too. I'm not sure, but I think its probably illegal in some states for the 12th fret high E to ring out so loud and proud.
Anyone searching for a versatile Martin with a warm voice and rich resonance will love this OM-42!
|Body Type||000-14 Fret|
|Bracing||Scalloped 1/4" Sitka Spruce X-Braces|
|Top Wood||Solid Sitka Spruce w/Aging Toner|
|Back & Sides Wood||Solid Gloss East Indian Rosewood|
|Back & Sides Finish||Polished Gloss|
|Neck Wood||Genuine Mahogany|
|Neck Shape||Modified Low Oval w/High Performance Taper|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Style 45 Snowflake|
|Fingerboard||Solid Black Ebony|
|Width at Nut||1 3/4"|
|Bridge Spacing||2 5/32"|
|Bridge Style||Modern Belly|
|Saddle||Compensated Bone, Drop in|
|Case||Black Hardshell Case, Geib Style|
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