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My new Martin OM-28V


Well, I bought a new guitar. No big surprise there, you might think, but I’m not a serial guitar purchaser. I like to live with my guitar and get to work with its moods and foibles. There’s also the comfortable-old-shoes syndrome – I like not to be conscious that there’s a guitar on my lap, just as when walking in the hills I don’t like to be aware of the boots I am wearing. Apropos that, I had to sell my 000-28 because of the difference in the neck between it and my foot-stomp inducing OM-18V. Changing between one and the other made me aware of having to make adjustments in my playing in order to avoid fluffs (not always successfully). The sale funded the new guitar purchase which has solved this problem. I will devote a page to it hear containing a lyrical description of its tonal qualities and some pictures.

Why two guitars, anyway? Guitar players will have guessed already that the answer to that lies in the age-old “need” to own both a rosewood and a mahogany guitar. Why? Because they smell differently of course! The rosewood has a clear vanilla nose which quite, quite intoxicating.

Mahogany smells like wood.

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I think I’m selling a Martin 000-28


Oh, well. I’m reluctant to do it because it’s a great guitar. I’ve written about it here.

Why would I sell it? Well it’s not getting played very much because my OM-18V is my go-to guitar for practicing and recording – particularly up-tempo stuff. Now, the OM is a long scale (25.4″) guitar and is 1.75″ at the nut. The 000 is shorter and narrower, respectively. This doesn’t make any difference for lots of people and they are happy swapping between guitars with different neck dimensions without giving it a second thought. I wonder what they’re playing, though – because I find the number of fluffs I make with the stuff I do unnacceptable when going from one to the other. Anyway, I’ll accept it’s a limitation of mine and move on.

So there it is: I’m selling the 000-28 and will use the funds to contribute towards an OM-28V which is a sibling to both aforesaid guitars and is a fantastic guitar in its own right.

Anyway, I’ve just gotta have some rosewood in the house.