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Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 with VTS
Ever since Martin introduced the very first Authentic, this guitar was on almost everyone's wishlist! "When are they gonna do an OM-28??" I've been playing my Martin OM-28V almost exclusively since 1998, and I was very excited to see this come to fruition. I visit the Martin factory a couple times a week picking up inventiory, visiting the custom shop and just generally keeping up on new developtments. When Tim Teel gave me the heads-up on this, he knew it was "the one" I wanted to see and he was right. On January 22, I was lucky enough to join my friend Spoon Phillips of OneManz.com at the Martin factory. We took turns evaluating all the new NAMM models and passed them back & forth for our respective photo and video shoots (check out Spoon's in-depth reviews here!). The OM-28 Authentic is hands-down, the most responsive, most "alive" current production OM-28 I've ever played. There are some custom shop CS models of recent history that reside in this ballpark, but I haven't played one of them in a long time. I hope to get that chance someday soon, as I don't remember those limited editions making my head turn like this one does. No matter if you're playing bare fingerstyle, fingerpicks, flatpicking or strumming - the new OM-28 Authentic just responds with a vintage voice that sounds old, loose and broken-in. The guys in the custom shop joked about retiring now that they've made the perfect guitar. Maybe they're right! I don't know how any serious rosewood OM fan will resist this.
The OM-28 Authentic 1931 shares Martin’s incredibly significant 14-fret neck Orchestra model innovation with its lengthened 25.4” scale and 1 ¾” neck width. Madagascar rosewood back and sides and Adirondack spruce with Martin’s new Vintage Tone System (VTS) are used to replicate the aged appearance and tonality of the 1931 original. All other appointments and processes, including hide glue construction, hand shaping and assembly, and tucked under bridge plate and bracing, are completely faithful.
The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments. Looking for a left-handed model? See our Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 with VTS Left-Handed Guitar.