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Thursday, December 14 2017
Martin 000-28 vs OM-21 vs OM-28

A few weeks ago we compared the Martin 000-28 vs OM-28.  That generated some good discussion, and one customer asked us how those two compare to the Martin OM-21. Let's find out!  All three of these guitars share the same 000/OM body size (shape and depth).  They all have solid Sitka Spruce tops and they all feautre solid East Indian Rosewood back & sides.  However, there are some key differences - some are cosmetic, while others influence the guitar's tone.

  • 000-28 is short scale, with non-scalloped braces and a narrow 1 11/16" nut
  • OM-21 is long scale with scalloped braces, a wide 1 3/4" nut and faux tortoise binding
  • OM-28 is long scale, with scalloped braces, a wide 1 3/4" nut and herringbone binding


Which do you prefer & why?  Post your comments below.

Posted by: Maury- Maury's Music AT 02:41 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Thanks so much for doing this! Having played on an OM-21 at a Dallas store, I thought it represents the best value. Of these 3 you've played here, though, I really like the 000-28 the best. I think it projects best, across the entire tonal range. The OM-21 here sounded thinner than the other two, to me. FWIW, of these I would vote 000-28, then OM-28, then OM-21. But with only $400 separating them, it would be a difficult choice.
Posted by Bill Joyner on 12/15/2017 - 12:16 PM

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