This exquisite Martin OM-42 incorporates high-end detailing with its classic design to produce the perfect acoustic guitar for just about any musician. To many, this 42-style OM is by far the most tasteful take on Martin’s Traditional Design and a top model for every other boutique guitar builder!
The Martin OM-42 is like a hammer in your toolbox and is versatile enough to be used in blues, folk, or just about any other acoustic genre. This Martin OM-42 has forward-shifted, scalloped ¼” brracing. Both the placement of the bracing and its design creates a guitar that moves more when you play it, making it lively, responsive, dynamic, and light-weight. The OM-42 has a Sitka Spruce top that is more responsive than Adirondack tops you may find on other models. While Sitka doesn’t produce the same roar as Adirondack, it is far more articulate, making it a great guitar for recording purposes. In addition, the Sitka top is paired with an Indian rosewood body that gives the guitar those rich overtones that appeal to a lot of guitarists. The OM has the longer 645 mm scale length compared to the 000 making the tone is a little tighter, louder and more brilliant. That is why guitarists like Eric Clapton and John Mayer love this model! One will appreciate the long scale’s string tension for dropped tuning or her slightly punchier character when pushed with a strong attack.
Martin OM guitars have been around for over 80 years due to their widespread and long-lasting popularity. Used by some of the more famous acoustic guitarists like Eric Clapton or Bob Dylan. The Martin OM-42 uses the company’s second most extravagant detail work. In addition to the 42 style around the edge, this acoustic guitar features gold hardware, antique white binding and smaller inlays on the bridge and headstock. These aesthetic details elegantly accompany the beautiful tonewoods without looking gaudy or out of place. There’s something magic about this Martin OM-42 that you’ll love. While it’s not necessarily a collector’s item—as everyone’s opinion differs on that front—it will hold its value today better than any other guitar you invest in. Listen to a sound sample by Ian Meadows here: