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Martin OM-45 De Luxe Authentic 1930
On our OM-28 Authentic page, I raved about that guitar and you can read all about it here. The OM-45 is very simiar to my ears, with one very audible difference. It has a richer, deeper bass voice. By that I mean, the prominent resonant frequency of the 45 sounds lower on the EQ curve, when compared to the OM-28A. The OM-45 takes the great throaty voice of the OM-28 Authentic and moves the bass bump lower, but at the cost of losing some low midrange. Almost the same way that straight bracing gives a stronger tone to single notes in the midrange but lacks some surround-sound extreme bass. I realize the 45 is not straight-braced, but that's the way I would describe its tonal situation against the OM-28A (I can't stop thinking about the 28A). If you think of these guitars as bass, middle and treble controls, what I'm hearing is OM-45A bass 7, mid 3, treble 6 and the OM-28A is bass 6, mid 5, treble 6. Dig in to a deep bass E on the OM-45 and it has more power than its open A does. On the OM-28A, the Bass E and A are equally as strong as each other and the OM-45's bass E beats them up like a bully in the school lunch line.
The OM-45 De Luxe Authentic 1930 draws its inspiration and exacting specifications from an original 1930 OM-45 De Luxe. Constructed with precious pre-CITES Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a lightly-colored Vintage Tone System (VTS) Adirondack spruce soundboard, and Vintage Tone System (VTS) Adirondack spruce braces throughout. Limited to 11.
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.