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This 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!


Brand Martin Guitars
Body Type000-14 Fret
BracingScalloped 1/4" Sitka Spruce X-Braces
Top WoodSolid Sitka Spruce w/Aging Toner
Back & Sides WoodSolid Gloss East Indian Rosewood
Back & Sides FinishPolished Gloss
BindingAntique White
Neck FinishGloss
Neck WoodGenuine Mahogany
Neck JointDovetail
Neck ShapeModified Low Oval w/High Performance Taper
Fingerboard InlayStyle 45 Snowflake
FingerboardSolid Black Ebony
Scale Length25.4"
Width at Nut1 3/4"
Bridge Spacing2 5/32"
RosetteStyle 45
Bridge StyleModern Belly
Bridge MaterialEbony
SaddleCompensated Bone, Drop in
CaseBlack Hardshell Case, Geib Style

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