Martin OM-28E Retro - Natural

Limited-edition 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Sitka Spruce Top, Black Ebony Fingerboard, Fishman F1 Aura Plus Electronics, and Hardshell Case - Natural
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Vintage style and modern playability merge to create the Martin Retro series. Within the Retro series, you'll find a who's who of Martins past, with new incarnations of the legendary HD-28, D-35, D-45, D-18, 000-18, and OM-28. Each proves to be historically accurate aesthetically, but tweaked to meet today's gigging guitarist's needs.

Everything Old Is New Again!

A quick, casual glance at any member of the Retro series, and you'd think you were looking at an extremely well-preserved vintage Martin, not unlike some of the guitars that fill the Martin Guitar Museum: the tops are finished with aged toner, the appointments echo the classic stylings of 1930s- and 1940s-era Martins, and the body styles are among the most revered in all the guitar world. Even on the inside, these Martins exude vintage, boasting forward-shifted scalloped braces just like they used to.

But Martin wasn't content to simply reissue these legendary instruments, equipping the Retro series with Fishman F1 Aura for incredibly authentic onstage amplification and a reshaped neck to give players a fluid, comfortable playing experience.

Martin OM-28E Retro

The OM-28E Retro acoustic-electric guitar brings back one of Martin's most acclaimed 14-fret models. An incredible re-creation of Martin's classic Orchestra model, this beautiful instrument gives you the bold clarity of a real solid East Indian rosewood back and sides plus the exquisite tonal balance of a Sitka spruce top. Just take a close look at the rosewood back and sides on the OM-28E Retro, and you'll know that instruments like this don't come along every day. A black ebony fingerboard and matching bridge complete the picture.

There's no question that Martin's original Orchestra model has been one of the most influential acoustic guitar styles in modern music history. From its bold herringbone inlays to its hand-selected bone nut and saddle, the OM-28E Retro does more than merely capture the spirit of the original, it revives all of the small details that make this instrument a work of art. When you pick up a Martin OM-28E Retro, it's like stepping back into guitar history.

Simply put, no other combination of tonewoods is half as sought after as the melodically rich duo of rosewood and spruce. Made from Martin's precious supply of East Indian rosewood married to a truly extraordinary Sitka spruce top, this OM-28E Retro acoustic-electric guitar sounds just like you imagine an acoustic guitar should, with plenty of body, bold bass, and clear, sparkling highs — all balanced to perfection. Sound like the guitar you've always wanted?

Vintage Tones, Unplugged

The sound of an acoustic guitar is the sum of a number of factors, each significant in their own way. The wood used for the top, back, and sides all impact the tone, as do the neck wood and fingerboard. Martin chose to faithfully mimic the tonewoods used on the original models, though they did opt for more ecologically sound choices than the vintage guitars used (substituting East Indian rosewood for Brazilian rosewood, for example).

The physics of acoustic guitars tell us that the style and positioning of the internal braces play a large part in the overall sound. To make sure these Retro series guitars sound just like their vintage brethren, Martin resorted to the same forward-shifted scalloped X-bracing used in their vintage counterparts. By scalloping the bracing, the top is allowed to vibrate more freely, providing a warmer bass response. Scalloped bracing along with forward-shifted bracing also creates more volume than standard scalloped bracing.

Rounding out the vintage vibe is the lack of a cutaway, despite these guitars all being equipped with Fishman pickup systems for awesome onstage sound. Purists will love the look, and the neck is so comfortable, you won't miss the cutaway at all — but more on the neck in a minute.

Vintage Tones, Plugged

That's a rundown of the "retro" side of the Retro series, so let's take a look at what Martin tweaked to meet the demands of today's player. The first time you pick up a Retro series guitar, you'll notice the neck. It's slimmer, more comfortable, and built for incredible playability. Martin equipped these beauties with the Modified Low Oval profile with a Performing Artist neck taper, giving you a comfy feel that is equally suited for rhythm playing or higher-fret runs. Whether you're onstage or in your living room, you'll love the way you can effortlessly cruise up and down the neck. Acoustic players will find it familiar, but electric players will be right at home on it, as well.

But the neck isn't the only thing drawing from modern inspirations. The Fishman F1 Aura system is both unobtrusive and incredible. The F1 Aura Plus gives you the option of using the under-saddle pickup, a variety of modeled acoustic sounds, or a blend of both, on top of onboard EQ, feedback suppression, and compression.

Modeled, you say? It's not what you think! These models aren't conjured in a lab; they're sonic re-creations of real vintage Martin guitars from the hallowed halls of the Martin Guitar Museum. A vintage version of each model was meticulously miked up using only the finest studio gear, and then reproduced inside the F1 Aura Plus system.

The Aura system defaults to Easy Mode, which gives you the choice of three image presets and a built-in tuner (the tuner can also be used when the guitar isn't plugged in, super handy for strumming around the house!). When you enter Performance Mode, you have access to six more images, along with the aforementioned EQ, feedback suppression, and compression. This may seem like a lot of extras for a purist, but we put these through their paces here at Sweetwater, and believe us, they meet our excruciatingly high standards.

Martin-standard Dovetail Neck Joint

Like the originals, the Retro series guitars come standard with the classic dovetail neck joint. Lightweight and sturdy, the dovetail joint is the go-to construction methodology for Martin guitars, as the area of direct wood-to-wood contact is increased. The thinking is that the increased contact provides better tonal transfer between the neck and body. Martin has done it like this forever, and there's no reason to fix what's not broke.

The mechanics of the standard dovetail neck joint dictate that merely fitting the neck to the body and stringing up the guitar should provide more than enough strength to hold the neck to the body. But to make sure every Retro series Martin (or any other Martin for that matter) is built to last a lifetime, the neck joints are thoroughly glued for maximum structural integrity.

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Additional Media

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
Martin OM-28E Retro Acoustic-electric Guitar Demo

Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Orchestra (000, 14-fret)
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing X Scalloped
Binding Grained ivoroid
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Hybird Modified Low Oval with Artist Profile Taper
Fingerboard Material Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Diamonds and squares (short pattern)
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Nickel open-geared with butterbean knobs
Bridge Material Black ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 19.5"
Body Width 11.5" (Upper Bout), 15.25" (Lower Bout)
Body Depth 3.5"
Overall Length 40"
Electronics Fishman F1 Aura Plus
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10OM28ERETRO

Customer Reviews

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Looks and Sounds Amazing

Looks and sounds amazing!!! I've always loved the 28 style binding and the fishman pickup sounds incredible. I play through a Fishman Loudbox 180 and I have gotten so many compliments on the sound of this guitar. I took it to my luthier first thing after I bought it and he said that it was set up perfectly and when he strummed it he said "oh yeah, that's what a Martin is supposed to sound like"
Music background: Worship Leader

Unrivaled Sound and Playability

I finally decided to buck up and get a Martin OM-28E Retro. Wow! Simply extraordinary. The action and feel is superb. Playing acoustically the resonance is really powerful and when using the Aura Plus options it's simply glorious. I've been playing mostly Ibanez Artist Series acoustics for nearly all my life which are great guitars in their own right (my aunt worked for them for over 35 years) but there's something about that Martin tone and feel that can't be replicated. My sales engineer Kevin Samuel is the best. He got it shipped out super quick (it was delivered to my door within 4 days of placing the order). Thanks Kev!

One Sweet Guitar

Well, I've had this guitar for nearly 4 months now and I have to say that every time I pick it up and play it I love it more. It has become my favorite. For acoustics, I currently own a '97 Guild D-55 (R.I.), an '01 Gibson J185 (Montana), and an '02 Taylor 614ce. They are all great guitars, but this Martin makes me want to play! I have owned other high end guitars such as a Huss & Dalton & Dana Bourgeois, and they were great too, but for the money I have to say that this Martin is every bit as nice. It's sound is well balanced and the notes are clear; this guitar has soul... I am very happy that I purchased this guitar and it has given me the desire to spend more time playing. As far as doing business with Sweetwater, I have to say that it was an excellent experience and I wouldn't hesitate to buy again. Their customer service is truly exceptional.
Music background: Been playing guitars for 54 years

Absolutely worth it. Get one if you can!

My Sweetwater salesperson helped me out a lot with this one. It shipped very well protected. Martin absolutely did an amazing job with this guitar. It's so bright yet very warm. Don't be afraid to strum on this guitar. Finger picking is a no-brainer. The F1 Aura+ system is a great system to have on hand (very easy to use). Built-in tuner is so welcome. The build quality is just soooo....I don't know what to say anymore. Buy one if you can, or finance it just make sure you're ready for an experience.
Music background: Hobbyist, Student, Singer-Songwriter, Worship Team, Blues Enthusiast, From Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to Jimi to SRV to John Mayer.

I love this guitar!

After 52 years of playing I decided to spring for a higher end Martin and my timing was perfect. Martin had just introduced the retro series with the new Aura Plus. This guitar has the tonal qualities I have sought for years but couldn't find. I don't think I'll buy any more guitars at this point because I have the consummate instrument now and can just ride off into the sunset. Buy this guitar if you can afford it and you won't be sorry.
Music background: Pro musician
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars