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Really like the specs on the John Mayer OM Martin but.....

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by burntfrijoles, Oct 2, 2020.

  1. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don't want a guitar with his signature on the fretboard. (I felt the same way about the EC Martin).

    I know it's petty but, although I recognize his talent, I am not a fan.

    Honestly, it should be enough to just have his name on the interior label.
     
  2. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    This, about $2400+ less!

    My Blueridge ( OM scale but not the wider nut width, which I know folks dig)
    All solid- playing it right now!
    ( I'd LOVE the real deal, this was a very nice 60th Birthday gift from great friends)
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    My local music store has (had?) an OMJM and I spent a lot of time playing it. Its a very nice guitar but basically just a spruce over rose OM with a bit of aging toner. I've never been a fan of signature guitars regardless of how much I respect the player, but for the price of the JM (or the EC for that matter) there are a lot of great guitars I would rather have.
     
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    My uncle gigs with a OMJM, and it is easily the finest acoustic guitar I personally have held in my hands in ~35 years of playing guitar.
     
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    Just go with the standard Om? Cheaper. Unreal sounding guitars.

    I mean, if there ever was "the one" I think the OM28 or maybe a OOO would be contenders.
     
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    What a nice gift! Those Blue ridge guitars are very good, in my limited experience. They really sound and feel like craftsmanship
     
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    Try a short scale 000 or 00. Tough to beat for the price. I prefer the 18 series in mahogany.
     
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    black_doug Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    It’s getting more difficult to find a Martin with a nut width of 1 11/16ths inches.
     
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    I've just gone and watch pictures of the model: the signature is quite low profile and I have nothing against signature gear really, provided it's an artist I like.
    I'm less than a fan of his, so it would really bother me.
    IMO, the fact that you're asking the question here proves that it would bother you as well. I would pass and search for another option.
     
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    +1

    I've had a 000-28 for about a decade now and it's just a wonderful instrument. Looks great, beautifully balanced tone, nice mids, ideal for fingerpicking (which is what I do), and small enough to be comfortable for noodling for hours.
     
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    Any experience with the 00-28? They look even more comfy.
     
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    I actually have a 000-18 which I love. I sometimes wish I would have paid a few more $$ for a 000-28.
    I know it's crazy but I want to upgrade at the same time as downsizing my collection. After all these years I've finally decided I don't need different types of acoustics. I would be happy with a single smaller body acoustic.
    The same is true for my electrics. I will keep a Strat and a Tele but not multiple versions of them and I will eventually sell or trade my SG. I can be satisfied with few guitars. There are no guitars that are sacred. I may upgrade my final Strat or Tele.
    I hit the big 7-0 so I'm going to make any upgrades I deem desirable.
     
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    Never played one, but yeah, probably very comfortable to play. I think you'd probably hear more sparkly highs and subdued bass compared with a 000.

    I don't use a thumb-pick or fingernails when I pick, so I'd be concerned that the bass notes would be too muted if I played a 00.

    I also have a D-28 and it is wonderful. If I want more pronounced bass lines and volume, I pick the dread.
     
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    I'm with you @burntfrijoles.

    I'm probably a hypocrite because I own an Eric Johnson Strat. The only visual that Eric added was an engraving on the back neck plate. But looking down at the fretboard while playing and seeing a signature would truly bother me....although I might be willing to overlook the 'C.G.P.' on the Tommy Emmanuel Maton guitar!
     
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    The only signature I want on my guitars is the company founder's last name or that of the guy who actually built the guitar.
     
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    Yes ! there have been several guitars i have passed on because of that , i dont know what Martin , and other makers are doing that for ?
     
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    Yes, nut width is getting more and more important to me. Fortunately, there are Obsessive People in the world who ask questions and make lists like this:

    https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=186657

    Hanzalot, I salute you!
     
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    Thanks that was a very nice gift
    it was basically a payback or a thank you from a left-handed buddy of mine who really wanted to get a Lefty D-28
    I had played a few Blueridge guitars before and had read that the Blueridge BR 160 which is basically a D-28 copy was a fantastic guitar for $700
    he has some money so I said buy the Blue Ridge if you don't like it you can return it and get a real D-28
    So he bought the Blue Ridge and basically it is the best acoustic that he's ever owned and it is an amazing sounding guitar unfortunately I can't play it cuz I left so he returned the favor along with the help of a few friends sorry for the voice activation
     
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    I have a OM-28 Retro that I absolutely love. Its a good alternative to the "EC or JM" ones. It is expensive. I also have a standard D-28 that I also love.
     
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    I bought the M-21 Steve Earle Signature model about five years ago. I was looking for a M series Martin as a good sized guitar for finger style and rhythm playing. I had a very nice J-45 that I loved the sound of, but not the depth. My shoulder started aching after long periods playing it. I’m 5’ 7” tall.

    There was also a M-36 there that I played. I like the neck on the M-21. But I talked the store down on the price and took it home for $2700. The fact that it was NOS may have been in my favour.
     
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