Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 Left-handed - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar, Left-handed, with Solid Adirondack Spruce Top, Madagascar Rosewood Back and Sides, and Solid Black Ebony Fingerboard - Natural Vintage Gloss
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This Acoustic Guitar's Tone Will Leave You Breathless!

A truly exceptional instrument, this Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 is based on a rare acoustic guitar originally owned by Mike Seeger. This OM-28 is built from Madagascar rosewood and topped with solid Adirondack spruce, giving you a rich, powerful sound full of overtones and depth, accented by a crisp, clear tone with high headroom and strong fundamental content. Treated with Martin's Vintage Tone System (VTS), this remarkable acoustic guitar faithfully evokes the aged appearance and tonality of the 1931 original. There has been plenty of love for this Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 acoustic guitar at Sweetwater, and we know that you'll be just as blown away!

Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Carefully-selected tonewood combination for phenomenal tone
  • Vintage Tone System (VTS) for aged appearance and tonality
  • Authentic 1931 barrel and heel neck feels incredible
  • The Orchestra Model - Martin's first modern guitar
Carefully-selected tonewood combination for phenomenal tone

This Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 acoustic guitar is built from highly-prized tonewoods. Full of overtones and depth, you'll love the rich, powerful sound of this OM-28's solid Madagascar rosewood back and sides. Although the original OM-28 was built from Brazilian rosewood, Brazilian rosewood is extremely rare, so this OM-28 Madagascar is made of the similar-sounding Madagascar variety. On top of that, this OM-28 is topped with solid Adirondack spruce, adding crisp and clear overtones to an already exquisite tone. Widely used on pre-war and vintage instruments, the clarity of Adirondack is unrivaled. Make no mistake, you'll be a believer after a single strum!

Vintage Tone System (VTS) for aged appearance and tonality

Martin's unique torrefaction process, called Vintage Tone System (VTS), allows their guitar builders to age the tops and bracing of their instruments to specific time periods, bringing out the character that an instrument from that year would likely possess. On top of that, Martin's Vintage Gloss Finish (which is applied by hand) also adds the warm glow appearance that you'd expect from a vintage acoustic guitar. In short, Martin's VTS provides you with the historic tones and visual aesthetics that were previously reserved for vintage instruments.

Authentic 1931 barrel and heel neck feels incredible

Martin's barrel and heel necks are remarkably thick, almost to the point that it's hard to wrap your hands around them. That being said, the longer you play them, the better they feel. In fact, you'll eventually reach that pivotal moment when this becomes your favorite neck! Many players find that when they become accustomed to barrel and heel necks, they quickly realize that these necks allow them to anchor the palm of their hand in more ways than a thinner neck. On top of that, the resonance and sustain that these necks allow is the stuff of legends!

The Orchestra Model - Martin's first modern guitar

In 1929, a banjo player named Perry Bechtel approached C. F. Martin & Company requesting that they build a new guitar model with a longer, narrower neck. Martin responded by building their first guitar to have 14 frets clear of its body, rather than 12 as in their previous models. These guitars had a 25.4" scale length, a solid, non-slotted headstock, and a glued-on pickguard. These new guitars, named the "Orchestra Model," marked a turning point for Martin, as they discontinued production of 12-fret guitars almost overnight. By 1934, Martin's OM models had morphed into the now-familiar 000 models.

Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • A hand-crafted replica of a highly-sought-after acoustic guitar
  • Carefully-selected tonewood combination for unrivaled tone
  • Authentic 1931 barrel and heel neck feels incredible
  • Vintage Tone System (VTS) for aged appearance and tonality
  • Diamond and Squares - Short Pattern Golden Era fingerboard inlays offer authentic 1931 style
  • Waverly nickel tuners with butterbean buttons look great and keep you in tune
This Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 belongs in your acoustic guitar collection!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape 000-14 Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Left-handed
Color Natural
Finish Vintage Gloss with VTS finish
Top Wood VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Madagascar Rosewood
Body Bracing OM-28 Authentic 1931
Binding Grained Ivoroid
Neck Wood Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape Authentic 1931 Barrel and Heel
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Diamond and Squares, Short Pattern Golden Era
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Waverly Nickel with Butterbean Buttons
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 19.375"
Body Width 15"
Body Depth 4.125"
Overall Length 39.8125"
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10OM28AUTHENTIC1931VTSL

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