Martin OMJM John Mayer - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Engelmann Spruce Top, East Indian Back and Sides, and Martin Gold Electronics - Natural with Vintage Toner
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John Mayer Special Edition!

Back in 2002, John Mayer exploded onto the music scene with hits like "No Such Thing" and the following year, Martin introduced the OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition. Not surprisingly, even people who had never heard of John Mayer wanted to own this guitar and the limited edition of 404 instruments sold out completely. Mayer's "Heavier Things" album in late 2003 resulted in two more hit singles, one of which won a Grammy for "Song of the Year" and Mayer walked off with "Best Male Pop Vocal of the Year" honors. In 2005, he created the John Mayer Trio, playing electric blues in a series of memorable sold-out shows. With an expanding reputation and loyal fan base, the number of OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition guitars produced began to look awfully small. So, C. F. Martin & Co. asked John Mayer if he would create a second namesake guitar, one with many of the same attributes as his first, but which would be more affordable and more widely available. The end result? The OMJM John Mayer Special Edition.

Martin OMJM John Mayer Special Edition Features at a Glance:
  • Englemann spruce top with vintage toner and lacquer finish
  • East Indian rosewood back and sides for warm, rich tone
  • Spanish cedar neck with African ebony fingerboard
  • Factory installed Martin Gold Plus electronics
  • Includes vintage style case and signed/numbered interior label

Englemann spruce top with vintage toner and lacquer finish
Like its predecessor, the OMJM John Mayer Special Edition features a top of solid Engelmann spruce with specially designed "hybrid" bracing that enhances the rich, full sound. Body appointments are also similar, with a Style 45 rosette featuring a center ring of colorful paua (abalone) shell, bold herringbone around the top, grained ivoroid binding throughout and a traditional OM teardrop polished and beveled tortoiseshell pickguard. To enhance the beauty of the wood, a specially formulated vintage "aging" toner is applied and then the polished nitocellulose gloss lacquer completes the picture.

East Indian rosewood back and sides for warm, rich tone
There was never a question about which tone woods to use for the OMJM John Mayer Signature Edition back and sides. East Indian rosewood is world renowned for its warm, rich tone. It has a wonderful harmonic structure that produces incredibly smooth overtones when combined with the spruce top and hybrid bracing. Black and white purfling surrounds the back, and there's an HD-style "zigzag" center strip. Other features include a black African ebony bridge with compensated TUSQ saddle, Style 45 white bridgepins inlaid with abalone and that jewel-like nitrocellulose gloss lacquer finish.

Spanish cedar neck with African ebony fingerboard
The OMJM John Mayer Signature Edition's Spanish cedar neck with diamond volute is carved specifically with playing comfort in mind, combining 1-11/16" width and low profile shape for easy fretting. The East Indian rosewood headplate sports Martin's Old Style decal in silver rather than the familiar gold and nickel Gotoh open-geared tuners with butterbean knobs. The black African ebony fingerboard highlights 1/8" mother-of-pearl position markers and John Mayer's signature inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

Factory installed Martin Gold Plus electronics
Many acoustics - and yes, even some premium quality instruments - come with optional electronics packages or even "off-the-shelf" units which can save some money, but ultimately compromises the amplified sound. For the OMJM John Mayer Signature Edition, the Martin luthiers carefully selected a Martin Gold Plus system that would be factory installed in the guitar. This results in an amazingly detailed amplified sound that's never harsh or brittle sounding.

Includes vintage style case and signed/numbered interior label
Of course, a guitar this special comes with a special vintage Geib style hardshell case to protect your OMJM Signature Edition for years - or more accurately, decades to come. Making it even more distinctive, Mayer created a unique art deco inspired monogram that's embroidered right onto the case. What's more, each and every OMJM bears an interior label with the signatures of both John and Martin chairman C. F. Martin IV, and is individually numbered in sequence.

Martin OMJM John Mayer Signature Edition Features:
  • Color: Natural with vintage toner
  • Body Type: OM-style
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Wood: Spanish cedar
  • Neck Shape: Custom low profile
  • Top Wood: Englemann spruce
  • Back Wood: East Indian rosewood
  • Side Wood: East Indian rosewood
  • Machine Heads: Nickel Gotoh open-geared
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Fingerboard: African ebony
  • No. of Frets: 20
  • Position Markers: Custom mother-of-pearl
  • Pickups: Martin Gold Plus Natural 1
  • Controls: N/A
  • Pickup Switching: N/A
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Ebony with compensated TUSQ saddle
  • Hardware: Nickel plated
  • Case: Vintage Geib style hardshell with monogram
Like its namesake, this signature edition is truly "one-of-a-kind!"

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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 Right-handed
Color Natural with Vintage Toner
Finish Polished Gloss (top, back, and sides), Satin (neck)
Top Wood Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Hybrid X Scalloped, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding Grained Ivoroid
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Low Profile
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Mother of Pearl (Dots: Single at 5th and 9th; Double at 9th and 12th)(Squares: Single at 15th and 17th)
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Gotoh Nickel Open-Geared with Butterbean Knobs
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated White TUSQ
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 19.375"
Body Width 15"
Body Depth 4.125"
Overall Length 39.8125"
Electronics Martin Gold Plus Natural 1
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10OMJMJOHNMAYER

Customer Reviews

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Martin OMJM

Despite the price this is a very well made instrument that makes it a very good investment and life long acoustic. For its small size it projects the sound very well and boldly. The string spacing is wider which for someone who has big hands works perfectly for finger picking. The guitar is very comfortable either standing or sitting. No complaints at all. Very pleased with the service from Sweetwater and the instrument.

Perfect rich tone

This guitar is my end all be all. It is not only a piece of art that is great to simply look at, but it gives you every kind of acoustic tone you could ever want. From fat and round finger style sounds to full projected flat picking glory. If you have the money, pull the trigger on this. NOW!
Music background: Musician

What an amazing guitar!!!

Okay, let me start it out by saying this. I am a big fan of John Mayer and think his music rocks. I have certainly had a few debates about him but everytime, it comes down to this. You may not like his style of music or his voice but you have to respect his guitar skills. The man is absolutely amazing! Needless to say, that was my expectation about his guitar. I mean, ask someone who seriously knows how to play how to make a guitar and I'd be suprised if hey come up with crap. Anyway, I am blown away by both the sound quality from this smaller body and the playability. This is a beautiful guitar from start to finish. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone who loves John Mayer or just wants a really solid guitar.
Music background: Student in Music School

OMJM John Mayer Special Edition

This guitar is solidly made, as all martin guitars are. I am a huge fan of john mayer, and I must admit that influenced the purchase of this guitar a lot, but fan or no fan, this is a beautiful looking guitar, a trait bettered only by its sound. I have had this guitar about a month, and I spend half my time playing it, and the other half admiring/wishing I was playing it. The neck is a wide C shape, but even with small hands I can reach the full range of notes. The lack of cutaway doesnt really disadvantage this guitar at all.
Music background: Student

Martin OMJM

I have owned my Martin OMJM John Mayer special edition for two months. It is incredible. The tone and sustain are beyond measure. Originally I sought a D28 as I yearned for that booming bass. I am not disappointed in the OMJM, plenty of bass for me - perfectly balanced with the highs. The OMJM sounds good (plenty loud) when played unplugged, and is ever so sweet to the ears when plugged in. I know when I pull it out of the plush snug fitting Martin Geib case I will be pickin' for hours as I will not want to put it down. I am continually surprised at the sounds I can make with it both on the high and on the low end. It is a perfect fit for this 5'2" girl with not so long arms. The neck is fast and easy to play and came direct from the factory with a set up perfect for me. I would recommend this guitar for any beginner who can afford a good guitar - why waste your time with a beginner guitar when this one will teach you how to play. I keep a fresh humidifier in the case at all times as I live in Utah where it is an extremely dry climate. I know this special edition guitar will only sound better with age, and is truly a tribute to John Mayer - he would be proud.
Music background: Grew up in a guitar pickin' family for fifty +years., playing the guitar was on my "bucket list"!
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