The 1-Series OM-1 Orchestra Acoustic Guitar is an affordable, solid wood-bodied guitar, backed by Martin's heritage of over 175 years in skilled building excellence and a limited lifetime warranty. Co... Click To Read More About This Product
The 1-Series OM-1 Orchestra Acoustic Guitar is an affordable, solid wood-bodied guitar, backed by Martin's heritage of over 175 years in skilled building excellence and a limited lifetime warranty. Constructed from solid tonewoods including a Sitka spruce top, bookmatched sapele back and sides, as well as an East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, the Martin 1-Series OM-1 creates that legendary rich and commanding Martin sound guitarists everywhere have come to know and love. The Martin OM-1 guitar comes equipped with Martin SP strings for great long-lasting tone and sustain, as well as a hardshell case to provide protection and security.
Martin has created the 1-Series to deliver legendary Martin quality and tone at a more accessible price.
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I've always had cheap guitars in the past. I picked up the Martins in the store and was amazed at the beautiful tones of the individual strings. It felt good to hold a quality instrument in my hands. The OM1 is a little smaller and is perfect for playing on your sofa. It is comfortable to hold and play. Each note sings with a high quality tone. I was also surprised at the way it stays in tune. The cheap guitars require tuning every time you pick them up. The Martin stays in tune for a long time. It is perfect for finger picking and light strumming. Purchasing the OM1 has been a wonderful experience for me. It is not fancy. My wife said it is plain looking. To me it is beautiful to look at, to play and to hold. It even smells like fresh cut wood. You will never regret buying a Martin. Any other brand is just a wanna be.
Wow, what a surprise. I have a Martin OMC Aura now plus the OM1 that I bought for a working guitar that I could take to church and other public places without worrying that it might be damaged. My surprise was when I played it side by side with my OMC it sounded everybit as good in every way. In fact I play some classical stuff and the trebles are very slightly better and more even on the OM1. I have owned many high end Taylors, Martins, Larivees, Washburns, Ramirez, and other classical instruments and acoustic guitars. I was looking for that special sound we all look for, and I found it in the Martin OM styles. I believe this guitar proves the point that sound is not dependent on price. I have played for many years, and I feel I am a good judge of sound quality in acoustic guitars. The other OM1 I played at the Guitar Center sounded almost as good as the one I bought. I do think the Sapele back and sides would look better in a good gloss finish, but the thinner the finish used with all things equal usually the better the sound. The OM1 has incredible midrange, treble, and clearly defined bass. The intonation seems right on. The action is low without buzzing, and with a solid spruce top you can drive the guitar at high volume and not lose the clarity. I had a Taylor GS5 that I really liked except it was a little large in the bout for me. The other Taylors I have owned were all good, but a little bright for my taste. I had a 914ce, 814ce, 414ce and a 100 series. If you are looking for fancy inlays and highly figured woods look somewhere else, but if you want the finest sound available in an acoustic instrument look no further. Buy one. Pete Young
I was looking for a decent guitar to deploy to Afghanistan with, as I didn't want to risk my Gibson J-45. Man, was I suprised at how good this little Martin sounded. I can't tell the difference in the sound from that of the Eric Clapton model 000 Martin. I think it might be priced a little high, but other than that...a nice guitar for the money.
After spending an hour or so at the Guitar Center trying out various guitars of all makes, I finally chose this one for it's clarity of sound in both the lower range and higher and it's quality in craftsmanship. The notes are crisp and bright and the guitar feels good, and as another reviewer said, it smells good too for some reason. It's not a big guitar, but not too small either. It plays easily, the action is low, and although the steel strings are killing my fingers at the moment, eventually I'll get used to them. It's not fancy but it's made extremely well and I liked the laminated wood which makes up the neck. When cut, it makes an interesting pattern at the base. Normally, lamination is a dirty word where instruments are concerned but in this case, having a super strong neck isn't a bad thing and it looks good. Also, the rest of the guitar, the part that vibrates and matters, is solid wood. I love being able to own a Martin guitar and having all of the quality and history that goes with that name but without having to pay over $2,000 for it, which I couldn't afford anyway. This is a great guitar, I'm glad Martin is making it and you won't be disappointed if you buy one for yourself. An IMPORTANT NOTE I learned on Martin's website: Don't tap in the end pin with anything. It comes uninstalled and apparently there has been an issue with people trying to hammer it in completely and cracking the bottom of the guitar. When installed, it looks like it's only half way in. I was not informed about this before I left the Guitar Center, no paperwork was provided, and I'm glad I looked it up on the internet before I ruined something. I'd have died on the spot!
This was my first guitar i ever purchased and let me tell you fellow musicians, it is INCREDIBLE. It has a truly beautiful shape and look to it (im not much on fancy guitars, i like them kind of plain more or less) and it is comfortable to play. Just for a comparison i went into the Gibson factory in Nashville, picked up the most expensive guitar i could find, and played it, and my friends i looked at my father in disgust for the fact this guitar sounds so much better! It is best in while playing highs due to the truly beautiful sound emitted when strumming those "happy" chords, but there is enough lows to play the deepest darkest songs. I use for playing various music, from Dave Matthews to Alter Bridge to Zeppelin, and it will in no way disappoint. If i had to choose one genre though, I highly recommend this any blue grass players, though hard rock is still possible with it. Another added plus that really convinced me this would be a great guitar was that it is the same body style as Eric Clapton's signature, just without the bells and whistles his has to offer. Even today i do not regret this desicion and if you are in limbo about rather or not to purchase it, trust me, BUY IT!!!
I looked and played many many guitars before choosing this one. The tone could not be matched. I'm not a fan of Taylors (too bright sounding) but this Martin has a warm rich sound to it. The stratabond neck is different but feels just fine to me. I've heard some people take a very fine/soft wool steel to it and it glides like butter. I had this delivered to my house and it was perfectly in tune and set up right out of the box. I couldn't believe it! I played it for an hour straight from the box before slightly tuning it up again. Take it from an average working man who can't afford top-end guitars over $1k, this is a GREAT guitar for life.
If you are in the market for or even thinking about getting an OM or similarly smaller than dreadnought sized acoustic guitar, seriously give this a long look. It�ۡ���s a Martin through and through, made in Nazareth, PA, the quality of construction is perfect. It does not have a lot of flashy embellishments, I assume this saves money and doesn�ۡ���t really bother me in the slightest. The body is ALL solid wood (that�ۡ���s the top back and sides)! The neck is stratabond and I thought it would bother me, but turns out it is smooth and silky fast while playing. The OM sized body is exceptionally comfortable to hold for long periods of time. It surprised me with the fullness of sound it generated from such a small body, though it is obviously not as big of a sound as you would get from a dreadnought it is still excellent. I mostly play electric and only own one other acoustic (a Seagull S6) and the OM-1 blows it away in terms of sound. For the price point it is a steal of a deal and you should jump on it. Did I mention it comes in a hard case!
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