Martin OMC-15ME - Dark Mahogany Satin

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Mahogany Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Satin
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A Warm-sounding Martin That's Built for Performance

The Martin OMC-15ME 6-string acoustic-electric guitar is a wonderful option for the performing guitarist who loves the warm, centered tones of mahogany. The guitar's solid mahogany construction elicits a sound that is warm and full, complementing the human voice beautifully. The onboard Fishman Matrix VT Enhance pickup system translates that woody warmth when plugged in and playing live. And the OMC-15ME's 000-14 body is compact and comfortable against your body for the whole gig. This Martin OMC-15ME offers rich, warm tones live or unplugged.

Martin OMC-15ME Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Mellow vintage-style tones
  • Proprietary electronics
  • Plays and feels great
Mellow vintage-style tones

As soon as you lay eyes on the OMC-15ME, you'll notice its pre-war look. The mahogany's golden-brown hues give away the guitar's warm yet detailed tonality. Mahogany offers a slightly darker and more mellow sound than spruce or cedar tops, making it a favorite among singer/songwriters looking to support their vocals with strong lower frequencies. And Martin's 000-14 body style further accentuates details and nuance in the mid frequencies, allowing your technique to shine through.

Proprietary electronics

Martin and Fishman have been working together for over 30 years in an effort to build the best acoustic-electric guitars on the market. And they recently teamed up again to create the Matrix VT Enhance pickup system that you'll find in the OMC-15ME. This system consists of Fishman's popular Matrix under-saddle pickup and a new Enhance element that can be blended into the signal separately via the soundhole-mounted controls. The Enhance function lets the natural sounds of the guitar come through, which is ideal for players using techniques such as body tapping.

Plays and feels great

It is not uncommon to find a 000 Martin in the arsenal of the performing acoustic guitarists at Sweetwater. Their compact body dimensions make them very comfortable to hold against your body. And your strumming hand won't have to reach over a huge body to find the strings. The OMC-15ME's neck is carved to the Modified Low Oval profile with Performing Artist taper that was designed specifically with live guitarists in mind.

Martin OMC-15ME Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Acoustic-electric guitar with the warm voice of mahogany
  • Fishman Matrix VT Enhance translates natural acoustic sound
  • Comfortable 000-14 body size
  • Solid mahogany construction is warm and articulate
  • Performing Artist neck taper feels natural in your hand
The Martin OMC-15ME is a vintage-looking guitar for the performing artist.

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape 000-14 Fret
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Satin
Top Wood Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing X-brace
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Modified low oval
Fingerboard Material East Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Nickel open gear
Bridge Material East Indian Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/Compensated white tusq
Nut Width 1.75"
Electronics Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT2
Strings Recommended: SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Light (MSP7100)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 10OMC15ME

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Amazingly Warm Guitar

I had been waiting for the guitar to hit retailers since I first caught wind of it toward the end of 2015 and so when I finally saw it as "Available" on the Sweetwater site, I hurried to snag one up. And I have NOT been disappointed. The mahogany back and sides make this guitar "thump" and its crystal clear tone and warmth will blow you away! The Fishman Matrix VT system that is installed is more than adequate for an everyday singer/songwriter guitar and has the flexibility to work as a large-stage pickup system as well. Don't let the weight of this guitar make you nervous (it's feather-lite) - the sound that it puts out is "heavy!" I own 3 Martin's, and while each one serves a unique purpose, this has become my "go-to" guitar when trying out a new lick or when campfire sing-alongs happen! Great job Martin!
Music background: touring artist
4.5/5

Versatile and light with a satisfying woody tone.

Mine weighs only 3lbs 10oz, making it the lightest full-size acoustic electric I've ever played. Like all Martin OM's and 000's it fairly thin at 3.25 (min) to 4 (max) inches and feels smallish in my arms. The "small and light" factor is still a surprise each time I pick it up (My other OM, an Epiphone EF-500RCCE, feels much heftier at 5 lbs. and about 1/4 in deeper throughout). I had always liked the simple "one-color", no-binding retro design of the 15 series but shied away from the 000-15m's because of the narrow (1 11/16th inches) nut. The OMC-15me gives me the room my thicker fingers need for the left hand (1 3/4th inches). Unfortunately, I had mistakenly believed it was a little roomier at the saddle as well. At 2 and 5/32's inches, it's only 1/32 more than the 000-15m, while the performing artist series gets a true 2 3/16th's. I know - such a minor difference on paper. Alas, small measurements make big differences to the feel of a guitar. So that's my only gripe. Thankfully, I'm getting used to it by playing a little less aggressively, using the tips of my fingers. And with a pick, there is no issue. The best part is the woody, all-hog sound. Strong fundamental, strong mids, overtones reigned in. I love it's simplicity and ... well, "honesty". It's also really balanced across the strings and up the neck, so you feel like you can play anywhere and get the same tone - even 12th fret+, thanks to the cutaway. It does need to "open up" a bit, but time should do that. The plugged in sound is excellent, as you would expect from a Martin/Fishman combo. I enjoy the "enhance" feature greatly as I can add in rhythmic taps on the soundboard and fingerboard with my right-hand and get a lot more of the nuance than I could before. Bottom line - an awesome choice if you need a smaller versatile all-hog. A little more room for my right hand, and it would be 5 stars. Thanks as always to Sweetwater and my Sales Engineer, Derek.
Music background: 20+ years guitar and bass in various roles
4.5/5

The Guitar I've wanted... and needed!

I ordered this guitar even before it came available, and once it arrived, boy am I glad I got it! First off, it's all mahogany (not sapele or some related species) with rosewood for the fretboard and bridge, this will make for a warm, more mids-focused guitar, and my guitar does this in spades! it doesn't have the snap that a spruce-topped guitar would have, but it makes up for that with a mix of warmth and clarity. The neck is Martin's modified low oval, my particular guitar has a chunky, slight V shape to it with not a lot of shoulder-even though it's a 1 3/4" wide (at the nut) neck, it's very comfortable to play, even wrapping my thumb over the top is easy. Fretwork is impeccable, and it was very playable right out of the box. I wanted a wider neck due to styles I play (fingerstyle blues and ragtime) so if you're looking for a skinny neck, look elsewhere... The body is about as Plain Jane as it gets-no binding at all, but the finish work is flawless, and it has a kind of "less is more" elegance to it. The OM body style fits on me a lot better than a D-sized guitar, the drawback though is the bass is not as boomy-there's still some bass to it (more than a parlor guitar) but it's not overwhelming-think more balanced across all strings. The plain Jane/simple elegance approach continues to the fingerboard, with tiny diamonds at 5, 7 and 9 frets-wish it had diamonds at 12 too, but c'est la vie... Besides playing blues and ragtime, I also play an acoustic duo with my wife, and this guitar works great in that context-everything from strumming, to intricate fingerpicking and acoustic leadwork, even faux mandolin parts, this guitar does it all beautifully! It also records extremely well, that clarity and note definition really come through on the mic! My one real nit with this guitar is the electronics-the piezo (Fishman) is kinda quacky at times, and the controls are a bit counter-intuitive-the tone control acts more like a mid-scoop than a standard bass/treble. On the plus side, the underbridge pickup is very nice, and adds some woodiness to the plugged in tone-wish you could set it to use only the underbridge pickup, instead of the max 50/50 mix on there now. I've had this guitar now for 7 months, and I absolutely love it! It's been used on several recording sessions, played numerous gigs and festivals (with more to come!) and generally gets played A LOT! The top is starting to really open up, I can't wait to hear how this guitar will sound a year from now! One last thing-the stock picture for this listing is my actual guitar-I was blown away to notice that the grain patterns (especially the bridge and neck) were a perfect match to the picture!
Music background: semi-pro musican, recording
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars