Martin OMC-18 Laurence Juber - $2,750 (Barto PA)

condition: good
make / manufacturer: Martin
model name / number: OMC-18
A Martin OMC-18 Laurence Juber signature model, made in 2007 and very lightly used. It caught my eye for its understated looks; lack of a pick guard (acknowledging its being built for fingerstyle players); mahogany back and sides, for a more muted tone than with rosewood; the cutaway; and comfy body size.

It has a lot of volume, bass through treble, considerably more than my 0000. Less boomy than a dred. But-- after few minutes, I realized it wasn’t a good fit for me, literally, with my small hands and somewhat cramped reach because of a ligament syndrome. I don’t see this listed in the specs, but the neck does become wider than other Martins as it approaches the bridge. I will stick with my 0000.

Minimal wear, with some dipping in the first three frets along the B string. No dishing of the ebony fretboard. Minor (and I would say superficial) dents and swirls, noticeable only upon close examination. No swipes across the top with a pick. The guitar at one time was been fitted with an internal pickup by the previous owner; you still can see a strip of Velcro inside the body if you inspect closely.

Signed inside by Laurence Juber, and numbered. I just bought a book of his Beatles arrangements for fingerstyle and look forward to getting into them..

With the original hardshell Martin TKL case in excellent condition, and key.

• Venetian cutaway 000 body
• Adirondack spruce top
• 1/4" scalloped Adirondack spruce braces
• Mahogany back and sides
• Style 28 rosette
• Diamond volute on the back side of the neck
• Vintage tortoise-colored Style 18 top and back bindings
• Style 18 black/white Boltaron inlay lines
• Modified V mahogany neck
• Headplate of Madagascar rosewood
• Old Style gold Martin logo decal
• Gotoh nickel tuners with butterbean knobs
• Black ebony fingerboard
• Abalone pearl "Doppler dot" (sequentially smaller) position markers at the 5th, 7th and 9th frets
• Ebony belly bridge
• Natural untinted top
• High-gloss lacquer finish on body, neck, and headplate.

post id: 7744095669


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