Martin OMC-1E acoustic-electric, 2008

Martin OMC-1E acoustic-electric, 2008



Even when it’s not one of their $5000-plus models, Martin still build guitars with incredible flair. The OMC-1E is an affordable OM-sized acoustic-electric, featuring a solid Sitka Spruce top, solid Sapele Mahogany back & sides, Rosewood board, plus a top-flight Fishman pre-amp with inbuilt tuner!

Martin’s original OM, (“orchestra model”), is historically a very important guitar, as it was the first of the modern flattops. First appearing around 1930, the OM-size introduced a smaller, more manageable body size, (15” width), with a full scale neck, (25.4” scale). And with a slightly wider fretboard than a dreadnought, the OM-size instrument is noticeably more finger-picking friendly.

This 2008 model OMC-1E is in Near Mint condition, with just very light playwear on the scratchplate about the only indication that it’s ever been played at all! The guitar displays the typically crystal clear Martin string definition, fantastic projection, plus an unplugged sound as good as any Martin model. Plug it in, and the Fishman Aero+ pre-amp gives you unparalleled control over your live sound, with a master volume control, separate bass, mid & treble controls, notch filter, brilliance and a very handy phase switch. Battery indicator and the in-built chromatic tuner add to an extremely impressive electronics package!

Standard features include hybrid X-bracing, a Rosewood bridge with compensated Tusq saddle, 1¾” nut width, sealed Martin chrome tuners, Natural satin finish and a Birch laminate neck. (Martin’s proprietary name for the most attractively dyed, multi-ply Birch laminate is ‘Stratabond’)

As mentioned above, the OMC-1E is in Near Mint condition, and obviously sounds absolutely wonderful. We’ve just restrung this superb acoustic-electric with a fresh set of Martin’s own ‘Clapton’s Choice’ lights, and she sings like a bird. "Freakishly nice," is how one of our regulars described it after a short play. "So that's why everyone plays Martins!" With an Australian RRP of $2795, (sometimes “discounted” to $2395), at only $1725, this is fabulous Martin value!

Ships in a brand new, Taylor deluxe hard shell case

Price: AUD$1725.00 GST Included

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