6-string Acoustic Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Stratabond Neck, and Richlite Fingerboard - Natural
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Weight: 4lbs 5oz
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Premium acoustic tones from Martin!The OM-1 — a member of Martin's 1 Series — brings Martin quality to the masses at a more affordable price point. The top is solid Sitka spruce and the back and sides are solid sapele, which combine for warm balanced tones. The OM-1's modified hybrid "X" scalloped bracing allows the top to vibrate freely for the ultimate in acoustic projection. Get Martin quality at an easier to manage price with the OM-1.
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Brandy, Upper Sandusky, OH
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
Another update for the OM1
by Pete Young from Huntington Beach, CAI have already written about the OM 1 and now I just bought an OM1GT. The new gloss top looks great and the new richlite neck is Martin's newest secret. This guitar sounds so good that it surpasses ... read more [+]my OMC Aura and my Taylor GC8 in several ways. First it is more dynamic when playing soft and loud passages fingerstyle and when playing chords with a pick it never runs out of headroom. The bass and treble notes are incredible and this has to be the result of something Martin is doing with the construction. I think the richlite neck may be the difference I hear. There is no better sounding Martin to be had at any price and bling is all you can get for more money. I have spent hours comparing the sound of this OM1GT with lots of other Martins and Taylors and nothing sounds better. I am using it for worship, playing lots of fingerstyle, also playing classical pieces where the superior tone really shines. This is one great guitar guys and gals. And it looks very conservative and beautiful in its simplicity. The action is typical for Martins and could be lowered just a little if bar chords are used a lot, and I am not going to change one thing at this point. close [-]
August 13, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
I Just Played This Model At GC
by John from KYIt looked plain just hanging there on the wall surrounded by expensive Martins and Taylors but I wanted to pick it up and try it. I was pleasantly surprised at the clear tone of this guitar. It is i... read more [+]ncredibly loud for its size. I am going to buy this on as soon as Sweetwater gets them in. I played several guitars and the other one that I liked was a Taylor 314ce. This Martin has it beat when you consider quality vs price and both of them are American Made close [-]
July 4, 2011
Music Background: Intermediate Fingerstyle Player/Church Musician
A true classic at a price
by Pete Young from Huntington Beach, CAThis review is an addendum to my previous comments about the OM1. I have read several reviewers comments that this model is not as loud as some others and I would challenge those folks to sit in the ... read more [+]front row with a radio shack sound meter and listen to the OM1 compared to other instruments. Use no amplification and you will find very little difference in the db reading or headroom. That said I have been alternating the OM1 with my Martin OMC Aura and the only differences are subtle either strummed or finger picked. The Aura brings many compliment from the audience for it beautiful appearance, and if you can afford one this is my choice under $4,000 dollars, but if tone and a classic look meets your taste then go for an OM1 close [-]
February 17, 2011
Music Background: Worship leader, Blues, Hobbyist
What a surprise
by Pete Young from Huntington Beach, CAI have played steel acoustic for about 6 years and prior to this I played classical for about 5 years ,10 years ago. I lead worship in small groups at church, and I am working on my fingerstyle techn... read more [+]ique at home for my own pleasure. I have probably owned over 20 high end guitars over the years including a Taylor 914, a Taylor 814, three Taylor 414's, a couple of Laravees, and a couple of Washburns. Presently I play a Martin OMC Aura that I like very much. I bought the OM1 because I wanted a work guitar to use in groups and on stage that I wouldn't fret over ( no pun intended).
September 16, 2010
Music Background: Hobbyist, Classical, Worship Leader
So what a surprise to find that the OM 1 sounded as good as the OMC Aura and maybe a little better on the trebles. Both guitars are louder than any of the Taylors I owned. Taylor makes great guitars don't misunderstand this review. They just sound a little brighter which is a matter of taste.
This guitar has very understated look to it and for some reason is much lighter than any other acoustic I have owned. The lighter something is the more it vibrates all things being equal. The satin finish may help as well as the bolt on neck plus of course the nice sitka spruce top and the African mahogany back and sides.. Martin really has a winner here and the OM 1 probably will cut into the sales of their higher end OM instruments when the word gets around.
The action is perfect as well as the oval neck shape. It has good chrome or nickel plated tuners. I would like a pick guard that didn's show scratches and a strap button made out of metal. Also a strap button on the neck would be nice, but not necessary. The case is not the most expensive like a Gieb style, but it is okay.
I have played several of Martin's performer signature series OM style guitars costing upwards of $5,000 dollars, and while there are subtle differences the OM 1 would hold its own in a blind comparison with any of them.
This guitar is all about tone, and if that is what you are looking for, look no further. It's beauty is in it's tasteful construction and appearance.
Good job Martin. close [-]
And the winner is the OM-1 GT!
by Dave from Pueblo, CO USAAs a novice player, I found I wasn't making any progress with the guitar I've had for the past couple of years. I finally realized the string spacing at the nut was too narrow for my fingers. After ... read more [+]spending a ridiculous amount of time on research, the OM-1 GT was my choice. Here's why.
March 13, 2012
Music Background: Recording and live sound. Novice musician.
While the neck is only a sixteenth of an inch wider at the nut, Martin seems to make better use of that space (5/32" wider from E to E). The first time I tried this guitar, it was obvious this was going to be much easier to play. Everything just came together. The OM size just tucked under my arm and welcomed being played.
As an audiophile and "sound guy" for several decades, the sound had to be great. The base is tight, mids are smooth and the top end is open and detailed. Of course, it doesn't have quite the depth of a deadnought but compared to any OM sized guitar I tried, this was easily the best. My wife (the real musician in the family) picked this guitar the first time I played one.
After all the research, I came back to Sweetwater (as I have for the past 10 years) to make the purchase. The action was perfect and this guitar seemed to sound just a little bit better than the others I tried. One downside is that the neck is not as smooth as guitars with solid wood necks. Guess my next Martin will cost a little more but in the mean time, the OM-1 GT will get a lot of use and have a permanent place in my collection. close [-]
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