Sponsored By
 
2004 Martin Custom Shop OM
 
Teja Gerken demonstrates his custom OM.
July 24, 2014

After looking for a great OM-style guitar to use for playing fingerstyle for a few years, I decided to order a guitar from Martin’s custom shop in 2004. Although there are many excellent choices offered by smaller companies, I’d never owned a Martin-style guitar, and I figured that I might as well have my guitar made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. With the help of Martin’s Dick Boak and Tim Teel, I designed a guitar that has turned out to be an excellent instrument for my needs. Even though the guitar may not look like it has a lot of custom features, the combination of specs differentiates it significantly from anything in Martin’s stock line of OMs.

Having played numerous OMs from various makers over the years, I knew almost exactly what I wanted when I first started talking with Boak about my order. My requirements included a cutaway; wide, 2 5/32-inch string-spacing at the saddle; and a rounded, rather than a vintage-style V, neck profile. I knew I wanted rosewood for the guitar’s back and sides, and between the relative affordability and Boak’s promise to personally select a high-grade set from Martin’s vast reserves of Indian rosewood, I happily agreed to this choice. Tim Teel suggested the use of Adirondack spruce for the top. The bridge and plain (no inlay) fingerboard are ebony.

The resulting guitar has been a great instrument for me. With its wide string spacing and comfortable neck dimensions, it is the most playable guitar I own. The guitar has a somewhat “dark” sound, though it’s well balanced throughout its tonal range. It responds well to a soft fingerstyle touch, but also doesn’t mind if it’s attacked a little harder with a flatpick. In other words, I can confidently use it for any situation that calls for a flattop steel-string guitar. I have an LR Baggs Dual Source pickup system installed, which consists of a Ribbon Transducer pickup under the saddle and an internal mic. The guitar has been refretted by San Francisco luthier Alan Perlman.

SPECS: 000 body with 14-fret neck. Solid Adirondack spruce top. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. 25.4-inch scale. 1¾-inch nut-width. Waverly tuning machines. martinguitar.com

Related Instrument Demos Posts
 

Santa Cruz OO-Skye

Eric Skye demonstrates his 00-size Santa Cruz signature model.

Read More

 

Cort L300V

Vintage-style Adirondack-top 000 is a bargain.

Read More

 

Welcome to the World of Ukuleles

Marcy Marxer explains different ukulele sizes, tunings, and sounds.

Read More

 

Martin 00-18V

Peghead Nation Irish Backup Guitar instructor Flynn Cohen demonstrates his favorite guitar.

Read More

 

Martin 0XK Concert Uke

An affordable ukulele with a great sound and a koa photo finish.

Read More

 

Martin 00 Custom

A 12-fret 00 with custom specs.

Read More

 

Alvarez ABT60 Baritone Guitar

An affordable acoustic six-string baritone from Alvarez.

Read More

 

Taylor GS Mini

Adrianne Serna demonstrates her Taylor GS Mini.

Read More

 

Mark Goldenberg’s Stage Rig

Peghead Nation instructor and sideman extraordinaire demonstrates the instruments he uses onstage with Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band.

Read More

 

Collings OMH2 and 001MH

Mark Goldenberg demonstrates his pair of Collings flattop guitars.

Read More

 
Sponsored By
 
 
 
Peghead Partners
 
New Bracing for a D-28 | Elderly Instruments
Joe Konkoly makes and installs replacement bracing in a vintage Martin D-28.
 
 
 
 
 
  Follow Us:  
 
  About Us       Shop         Support         Contact Us         Email Sign up         Advertise         Sitemap         FAQ         Privacy         Terms         Subscribe   Sign In  
 
    ● Courses
    ● Live Workshops
    ● Instructors
    ● Sample Lessons
    ● Notation Guide
    ● For Beginners
 
    ● Workshops
    ● Advice
    ● Repertoire
 
    ● Vintage Vault
    ● New Gear
    ● Fine Lutherie
 
    ● Recordings
    ● Events
    ● Breaking News
 
    ● In The Studio
    ● Live Onstage
    ● Backroom
 
    ● New Products
    ● Inside Look
    ● Performances
    ● Partner Pages
 
 
© Copyright 2020 PegheadNation.com
 
 
    ● Courses
    ● Live Workshops
    ● Instructors
    ● Sample Lessons
    ● Notation Guide
    ● For Beginners
 
 
    ● Vintage Vault
    ● New Gear
    ● Fine Lutherie
 
 
    ● Workshops
    ● Advice
    ● Repertoire
 
 
    ● Recordings
    ● Events
    ● Breaking News
 
 
    ● In The Studio
    ● Live Onstage
    ● Backroom
 
 
    ● New Products
    ● Inside Look
    ● Performances
    ● Partner Pages
 
 
© Copyright 2020 PegheadNation.com