About a week ago, while on my way back from a meeting at a church in Arlington, I took a 30 minute break and stopped at the Guitar Center just off Collins and I-30. After I made my way back into the section of the acoustic guitar department where they display the Martins, I was surprised to see a Martin OM-42 inside the locked display case where the high-end collectible guitars are featured for would be buyers.
About the most beautiful guitar I have ever layer eyes on.
Yesterday, on a complete whim, I went to see if it was still there. It was, and the salesperson who helped me (Austin) let me take it to the back of the acoustic department to play for awhile. My wife even stated that it was a very nice sounding instrument. I was surprised by the bass. Much clearer and defined than on 000's I have played.
Martin OM's, at least to me, are somewhat louder as well than the 000 models, perhaps because of their longer scale length, and maybe because of they are usually made with rosewood bridges. I am not sure the 1 3/4" nut width makes that much difference. For strumming I probably prefer a 1 11/16" nut width. I've been working some lately on some very basic fingerpicking patterns. I seem to like the extra space, especially at the bridge, of a guitar with the 1 3/4" nut when fingerpicking.
Down the road I will probably get a Martin OM-28. The OM 42 model is beautiful (all that inlaid mother of pearl!!!) but I would not play it in public because I would not want to risk getting it nicked up. Plus the price of a 42 model means parting with all my Taylor's as well as parting with some cash.
Not going to do it. At least not now.
But oh, it was one beautiful guitar! Why I didn't take a picture of it I will never know ... Maybe Deep down I had some delusions about taking it home?
Oh well, I can always say I played an OM-42 ... and my wife was a witness.
Another day ... Another way!
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>