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Martin OMJM John Mayer Special Edition Acoustic-Electric Guitar (with Case)

You don't have to be a John Mayer fan to love this Martin's exquisite craftsmanship. The OMJM acoustic-electric's Spanish cedar neck is carved for comfort. (5) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Solid Englemann spruce top Premium tonewood with warm, powerful projection
East Indian rosewood back and sides Rich low end; smooth mids; articulate highs
Hybrid scalloped X bracing More projection and tonal clarity; lighter weight
Martin Gold Plus electronics Crystal-clear, natural tone for live settings
The Martin OMJM John Mayer Special Edition acoustic-electric guitar is an exceptionally well-appointed instrument with a glorious sound and touch. This OMJM follows on the heels of the super-limited-release Martin OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition -- an instrument so rare, only 404 were produced in 2003. When these were snapped up by collectors, a re-release was immediately demanded by acoustic players who came to prize the unique sound of its spruce/rosewood tonewood combo, and the feel of its specially carved Spanish cedar neck.

A Voice All Its Own

The OMJM John Mayer Special Edition distinguishes itself with a solid top of Engelmann spruce, scalloped solid Sitka spruce top braces, and a back and sides made from solid East Indian rosewood. The tonal character resulting from this combo is one-of-a-kind. It is extremely warm in the lows and low-mids, with a perfectly balanced sparkle in the high range. It is rich in overtones and extremely responsive and subtle to the touch.

Unique Feel and Play, with Mayer Custom Inlays

This Martin's uniquely contoured neck is carved from Spanish cedar in a low profile contour, sporting a diamond volute that imparts a feel of solidity and comfort in the hands. The 1-11/16-inch width and low-profile shape make for a guitar that frets fast and almost effortlessly. The fingerboard is black African ebony inlaid with mother-of-pearl dots on 5 frets. The 12th fret features a custom-designed inlay with two dots flanking a slotted square. John Mayer's signature is inlaid in mother-of-pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

Pre-Installed Top-Shelf Electric Pickup

The OMJM's African ebony bridge is fitted with a compensated TUSQ saddle, under which is mounted the factory-installed Martin Gold Plus Natural pickup system. This under-saddle transducer is connected to an endpin-mounted, miniaturized preamp that allows you to plug the OMJM right in and get a great, natural sound immediately. You can run this direct to combo amplifiers, PAs, recording consoles, computer interfaces, or through a direct box with equally great results. No mere collector's item, this Martin is made to be taken out and played!

Many Subtle Aesthetic Details

The John Mayer Special Edition's headplate is made from beautiful East Indian rosewood and sports the older-style Martin decal in a rarely-seen silver. The Gotoh opengeared tuners are made of high-quality nickel and sport butterbean knobs. Unique and stylish aesthetic touches include a Style 45 rosette with a center ring inlaid in richly colorful paua shell. You'll also notice sophisticated touches like herringbone binding around the top, black and white purfling around the back, and an HD Style zigzag back strip. The traditional tortoise-colored pickguard is cut in the classic OM teardrop shape, polished and beveled at the edges.

Features:

- Martin Gold Plus Natural 1 Electronics
- Spanish cedar neck with low-profile shape
- Solid black ebony fretboard
- 20 Frets, 14 Clear
- Mortise/tenon neck joint
- Solid Engelmann spruce top
- Style 45 Rosette
- Hybrid "X" Scalloped Top Bracing Pattern
- Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16-inch Top Braces
- Solid East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
- Hd Zig-Zag Back Purfling
- Grained Ivoroid Endpiece
- Black/White Boltaron Endpiece Inlay
- Grained Ivoroid Binding
- Bold Herringbone Top Inlay Style
- Black/White Boltaron Back Inlay
- Bone Nut
- Solid/Diamond/Squaretaper East Indian Rosewood Headstock
- Large Old Style Silver Martin Logo
- Grained Ivoroid Heelcap
- Solid Black Ebony Bridge
- 16-inch Radius/Compensated/White Tusq Saddle
- Gotoh Nickel Open-Geared Tuning Machines with Butterbean Knobs
- White Bridge and End Pins With Abalone Pearl Dots
- Beveled and Polished Tortoise-Color Pickguard

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- Model: OMJM John Mayer
- Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
- Body Size: 000-14 Fret
- Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
- Rosette: Style 45
- Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid "x" Scalloped
- Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16 in.
- Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Back Purfling: Hd Zig-Zag
- Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
- Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
- Binding: Grained Ivoroid
- Top Inlay Style: Bold Herringbone
- Side Inlay: None
- Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
- Neck Material: Select Hardwood
- Neck Shape: Low Profile
- Nut Material: Bone
- Headstock: Solid/Diamond/Squaretaper
- Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Large Old Style - Silver
- Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
- Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony

Scale Length: 25.4 in.
# Of Frets Clear: 14
# Of Frets Total: 20

- Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16 in.
- Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8 in.
- Fingerboard Position Inlays: Mop Dots, Single At 5th, Double At 7th, Single At 9th, Double At 12th W/ Mop Square, Single At 15th & 17th Frets
- Fingerboard Binding: None
- Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
- Finish Top: Polished Gloss W/ Vintage Toner
- Finish Neck: Satin
- Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
- Bridge Style: Belly
- Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8 in.
- Saddle: 16 in. Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
- Tuning Machines: Gotoh Nickel Open-Geared W/ Butterbean Knobs
- Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Light Phosphor Bronze (Msp4100)
- Bridge & End Pins: White W/ Abalone Pearl Dots
- Pickguard: Tortoise Color - Beveled & Polished
- Case: 533EJM Geib Style
- Interior Label: Cfm Iv & John Mayer Pre-Printed Signatures, Numbered In Sequence
- Electronics: Martin Gold Plus Natural 1
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 23 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 48 x 20 x 9 in
Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner.) Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles are warrantied for one year. Strings are not covered under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837

Product Description

Back in 2002, John Mayer burst onto the national music scene with hits like "No Such Thing" and "Your Body is a Wonderland." The following year, when Martin introduced the OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition, people who had heard of John Mayer - and even those who hadn't - were enchanted by the guitar. Its quick neck, ultra-responsive Engelmann spruce top, silver-color line inlays and accents at the bridge and headstock, and unique fingerboard inlay proved as popular as the musician who designed it. The sizeable edition of 404 instruments sold out completely.

Fast-forward to the present. The release of Mayer's "Heavier Things" album in late 2003 resulted in two more hit singles, "Bigger than My Body" and "Daughters," the second of which won Grammys for "Song of the Year" and "Best Male Pop Vocal of the Year." Touring in 2004 took him to Australia, Europe, Canada and across the United States and included a memorable performance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

In 2005 he joined forces with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan to create the John Mayer Trio, playing electric blues in a series of sold-out shows: the two-night stand at the House of Blues in Chicago was recorded for "The John Mayer Trio Live in Concert," an album released in November. He also took time out to perform at benefit concerts for Hurricane Katrina relief in Atlanta and New York.

In light of John Mayer 's expanding reputation and fan base, the number of OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition guitars produced began to look awfully small. So, C. F. Martin & Co. asked John Mayer if he would create a second namesake guitar, one with many of the same attributes as his first, but one that would be more affordable and more widely available in the tradition of the wildly popular Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton. He would and he did: The OMJM John Mayer Special Edition.

Like its predecessor, the OMJM John Mayer Special Edition features a top of Engelmann spruce and back and sides of East Indian rosewood for warm, rich tone. Scalloped "Hybrid" bracing enhances the full timbre of this tonewood combination. Body appointments are also similar, with a Style 45 rosette featuring a center ring of colorful paua shell, bold herringbone around the top, black/white back purfling around the back, grained ivoroid binding throughout, an HD Style zigzag back strip and a traditional OM teardrop polished and beveled tor toise-color pickguard.

The Spanish cedar neck with diamond volute is carved with playing comfort in mind, combining 1-11/16" width and low profile shape for easy fretting. The East Indian rosewood headplate sports Martin's Old Style decal in silver rather than the familiar gold (another nod to the OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Edition) and nickel Gotoh opengeared tuners with butterbean knobs. The black African ebony fingerboard highlights 1/8" mother of pearl position markers at the 5th, 7th (two), 9th, 15th and 17th frets, a unique 12th fret position marker of two dots flanking a slotted square, and John Mayer's signature inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

Style 45 white bridge pins and endpin are inlaid with abalone dots. The black African ebony bridge is fitted with a compensated TUSQ saddle, which combines with the factory-installed Martin Gold Plus Natural electronics for accurate, natural amplified sound. Adding to the beauty of this instrument is the flawless finish; vintage toner on the top, polished gloss nitrocellulose lacquer on the body and polished gloss on the headplate.

To provide a touch of his personal style to the OMJM John Mayer Special Edition guitar, John Mayer has created a unique art deco-inspired monogram, which is embroidered on the special vintage Geib style hardshell case. Each guitar in this open series bears an interior label imprinted with the signatures of John Mayer and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV, and individually numbered in sequence.
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Overall: I am a weekend musician and have a modest collection of pretty nice guitars including three Taylors (custom koa T5, baby and an 812ce) a 1968 Tele, Gibson 339, Ovation 1984 collector's edition, a Takamine and a Godin Acousticaster. Have shied away from Martins because I found them too difficult to play past the 5th fret. I decided I needed to own at least one in my life and took a chance on the OMJM hoping it might be more playable up the next. The craftsmanship of the guitar is flawless, I guess for the money that's to be expected. What took me by surprise was the clarity of the tone, especially compared with my Taylor 812ce (a similar size guitar). At first I did not care for the pickup and bought a Fishman Aura for live performances. Live the guitar sounded like crap. I bought a graphic EQ, played with it for a couple of gigs and now have the most wooden, organic tone on stage that I've ever had. I am a convert to Martin guitars and highly recommend this particular model. Cheers!
Style of Music: Heavy metal polkas. Just kidding, I play the usual classic rock, blues, folk music of my era.
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