2000 Martin OM-28V Flattop Guitar

Well, dang it, if it doesn't have, that sound. It's that ker-plunky, stone-in-the-water, lower-mids, clean bass thing. It's that woody plunk when you hit the EAD strings nice and hard. That's what I associate with a good, rosewood-bodied 000-size guitar. It's a clean plunk that sounds like the guitar on so many old country songs.

Anyhow, this Y2K Martin is a "vintage series" model and that means it's built (internally) along the lines of the original '30s OM-28 models. That's scalloped bracing, herringbone trim, true long scale, ebony fretboard and bridge, long (glued-in) through-slot saddle, and open-backed tuners. It sounds a lot like an oldie and I'm sure the 21 years under its belt thus far have helped it along that path as well. This one has a good, strong, punchy, fundamental tone, too -- it's not too complicated and so I think singers would have a good time vocalizing over it.

It's here for consignment and I didn't really need to do anything to it save restring it, clean it up a little, and adjust the compensation on the top of the saddle just a hair. It's been stable in service, that's for sure, and it's ready to go.

I love that the top wood has turned buttery-yellow and that the rosewood on the back and sides is a rich, coffee-like brown with distinct striping to the grain. It begs for cream and sugar!

Repairs included: restring, setup.

Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid Indian rosewood

Bracing type: x

Bridge: ebony

Fretboard: ebony

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w-12 lights

Neck shape: medium C/soft V

Board radius: ~14-16"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium

Scale length: 25 3/8"

Nut width: 1 3/4"

Body width: 15 1/8"

Body depth: 4"

Condition notes: it's quite clean throughout with just a little weather-check to the top finish on the grain as you'd expect. There's one white scuff on the sides (pictured) and one little chip-out to the finish on the top (also pictured). There's also a little rubbing at the edges of the headstock's top. Some dang fool also installed a strap button into the heel cap and there's a pearl dot covering where the screwhole used to be. The frets have so little wear I didn't need to level and dress them -- they're clean. The saddle has a little over 1/16" extra height over the deck on the low/high Es and a bit more in the center, just like the factory setup on a '30s Martin...

It comes with: an original TKL hard case.


Rob Gardner said…
I have always felt that a rosewood Martin OM was one of the most versatile guitars out there. This one (from the “vintage” line) is particularly nice-I used to own one, and eventually trade up to an OM 42. It has had a long enough life to really come into its own, without getting the crap beaten out of it during that time, with low fret wear showing it was never played too hard. Very nice guitar.