Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The special orchestra model Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is fitted with deluxe electronics for stunning acoustic-electric tone no matter the circumstances. A special edition of the... Click To Read More About This Product

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The special orchestra model Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is fitted with deluxe electronics for stunning acoustic-electric tone no matter the circumstances. A special edition of the Fishman Aura Acoustic Imaging Blender provides onboard access to studio-quality sounds live. The Aura does not change your guitar tone but accentuates it to project the true sound of the guitar as captured by high-end condenser microphones in a premium studio. 6 customized Sound Images, derived from actual studio recordings of the OMC can be blended with the resonant output of the Martin Gold+Plus Natural pickup signal for previously unattainable hi-fidelity reproduction of the world-renowned Martin acoustic tone. Other electronic features include a fully programmable digital EQ, feedback control, and a chromatic tuner.

The OMC-Aura has a solid Sitka spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck with modified low oval shape, and special pearl hexagon outline inlays on the ebony fretboard and bridge. Other special Martin touches include a mother of pearl logo, ebony bridge and end pins with abalone dots, and gold tuners with ebony buttons.

Features
  • OMC-Aura model
  • Fishman Aura System w/Martin Gold+Plus Natural pickup
  • OOO-14 cutaway body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Style 45 rosette
  • D1 Hybrid bracing pattern
  • 1-style scalloped bracing
  • Solid East Indian eosewood back and sides
  • Style 45 back purfling
  • White Boltaron endpiece w/black/white inlay
  • White Boltaron binding
  • Style 41 top inlay
  • Black/White side inlay
  • Style 28 back inlay
  • Mortise/tenon neck joint
  • Genuine Mahogany neck
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • White Corian nut
  • Solid/6 string diamond/square taper headstock
  • Solid black Ebony headplate with M.O.P. CFM Logo
  • White Boltaron heelcap
  • Solid black ebony fingerboard
  • 25-2/5" scale
  • 20 frets
  • 1-3/4'' nut width
  • Pearl hexagon outline fretboard inlays
  • White Boltaron fingerboard binding
  • Polished gloss/dark filler body finish
  • Polished gloss top finish
  • Semi-gloss/dark mahogany stain/dark filler polished neck finish
  • 1-style belly solid black ebony bridge
  • 2-1/8'' bridge spacing
  • Compensated white Tusq bridge saddle
  • Gotoh gold tuners w/large ebony knobs
  • Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze strings (recommended)
  • Ebony bridge and end pins with abalone pearl dots
  • Black pickguard
  • 640 molded hardshell case
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinOMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Martin OMC Aura

I purchased this guitar in 2008 and presently I own it and a Taylor GS5 purchased in 2009 from the Guitar Center. Both guitars are exceptional. I have owned a Taylor 914ce, 814ce,...Read complete review

I purchased this guitar in 2008 and presently I own it and a Taylor GS5 purchased in 2009 from the Guitar Center. Both guitars are exceptional. I have owned a Taylor 914ce, 814ce, 414ce, a Larivee LV09, a Washburn, and many high end classical guitars, and I have played probably over 50 good high end acoustics. I played classical guitar for 8 years, and switched to steel in 2007 when I needed more volume and projection for leading worship. I compared this Martin to numerous other Martins and Taylors and other high end acoustic electrics, and it was superior in every way. For a smaller bodied instrument the OMC is amazingly loud, even louder than the Taylors I have owned. It is even as loud as my Taylor GS5. The OMC guitar has abalone and pearl inlays that equals the inlays on Martins and Taylors costing thousands more. The Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides are perfect in color and grain, and the top braces are scalloped. The bolted on neck I feel adds to the superior sound. I have compared it to other OOO size Martins costing hundreds more, and it more than holds its own. The fit and finish are perfect as is the Gieb case, and the action is fine and not too low or high. The sound is harmonically rich while retaining superior note separation and intonation. The bass is amazing for an instrument this size, and is as good as the Taylor GS5 which has a much larger body and a Cedar Top. You can strum it hard or soft without exceeding the headroom, and it is loud. Finger picking is its strong suit, but strummed chords are rich and not muddy. It does it all. How would I compare it to the Taylor GS5? This is a tough call. It's like comparing a great New York steak with a great Top Sirloin steak. They are a little different, but both great. I believe the Taylor GS series are Bob Taylor's best effort. Overall Martin guitars to my ears sound better in the smaller bodied models, and I would only want a dreadnought for Blue Grass or maybe to cut through a large band mix. So much has been written on the Fisher Aura system that I won't say much more than it is one of the best, maybe even better that Taylor's ES system. I highly recommend the Martin OMC Aura. It is incredible, and a real bargain. I would buy another OMC Aura if this one was stolen or lost.

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Not as Good as Zager

Hi - purchased guitar based on reviews and also from playing it at one of the local shops. The guitar has made a consistantly buzzing sound - I found it didn't do so well...Read complete review

Hi - purchased guitar based on reviews and also from playing it at one of the local shops. The guitar has made a consistantly buzzing sound - I found it didn't do so well when strumming. Overall, I have a cheaper Zager guitar that projects and holds the tone better. It appears to be more adapt to fingerpicking than a strumming workhorse.

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5.0

OMC Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric

By Karl Burgeson

from Parker, Co

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Fun to play, sounds excellent plugged "in or not" thats the beauty of this instrument.
Another fine Martin instrument.
Very easy guitar to play. The Fishman is a very nice feature and sold me on this fine instrument.
Beautiful guitar this is a real "eye catcher"
For the sound this thing puts out and the price you can buy it for, buy more that one!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Beautiful Guitar

By James Heap

from College Station, TX

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I had been delinquent in my playing over the last 20 years or so, mainly because I wasn't comfortable with the guitars I had. When I picked this guitar up, it just fit me to a "T". It was comfortable and easy to play, and sounded absolutely fantastic. So much so, that my wife, who was with me, insisted I buy the guitar! I play it most every day now, and still enjoy the sound whether I'm playing through an amp or not. Half the time I don't play through an amp. It's light in weight and the action is near perfect (to me, anyway). Of course you could sum this up by simply saying, "It's a Martin."

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dream Guitar Martin OMC- AURA

By Patrick E. Clancy

from Toledo Ohio

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Visualy striking, superb electronics, warm woody 'Americana' sound. The kind of guitar you can't set down.
This guitar is one beautiful piece of machinery! Acousticaly it's warm, woody, balanced and with just the right amount of sparkle on top. Playability is superb. Craftsmanship is top notch. Visualy the guitar looks way better in person, than it does in pictures. The contrast between the lighter parts like the tonerless top, white binding, inlays etc. and the black parts like the fingerboard, bridge, peghead overlay, tuner buttons etc. is striking. The guy who said you cant use the tuner without pluging in needs a checkup from the neckup cause all you have to do is hit the button. My band just played two nights at a local county fair and one of the soundmen came backstage on the second night to find out why my guitar sounded so good!
I have four other Martins including a 0000- custom and a custom shop built 000-42ECM(signed by Clapton) and this OMC aura is the one I gravitate to.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship

By Bill Miller

from Severn, MD

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

It's not often that the best of everything converges in one product. When it happens, it's a beautiful thing. The Martin OMC Arua is one of those products. Lots of MOP inlay, unique tuners (gold with ebony buttons), excellent woods & craftsmanship, and superior electronics. Unplugged it sounded great right out of the box. When I plugged it into my Fender Acoustasonic, the tone literally made my jaw drop. I also own a Martin 00028 EC and a Martin OMCPA1. I have spent several hours comparing those to the OMC Aura. All three excel in their own way. The OMC Aura's pallet of tones tends to be more to my liking. It's a shame both the OMC Arua and the DC Aura are no longer in production at Martin (GC still has some in stock). I'm happy I was able to get mine (as well as a DC Aura) when they were still available.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Long term evaluation and comparison

By P. Young

from Huntington Beach,, CA

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have commented on this guitar here before, but I have owned it over 3 years now and it has opened up quite a bit and sounds even better now. Last month I brought a Taylor GC7 home and have been comparing it with the Martin. I returned the Taylor because the cedar top had wide grain and the back and sides were quite light in color and not really what I expected in an ordered guitar.The Taylor sounded very good, but the Martin grunt just wasn't there. I could live with the Taylor, but the Martin OMC Aura still gets my vote.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally the ONE!

By Yoza-FmnRL

from Toronto, ON

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I play predominantly electric and was in need for a good, reliable acoustic/electric guitar that would record well both direct & miked. Well, I've got it! I've got this baby second-hand but in mint condition. There was a slight buzz at the beginning, but anyone with a basic knowledge of gear would know that acoustics (solid wood) are finicky, especially in North American climate. After some humidifying & setup, there wasn't a nicer acoustic guitar I've ever plaid. Haven't have a chance to record with a mic but the Aura is fantastic! The direct recorded tracks sit in a mix perfectly, sound natural & spacious - hardly any EQ/Reverb needed! I'm still to use it live, but have no doubts that it'll excel on stage as well! Highly recommended!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what a dressy OM should look & sound like

By emusiac

from Colorado Springs, CO

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I received this guitar as a gift (I did pick it out). I have an Ovation with great projection and a very even, mellow voice that was the comparison axe. This guitar is beautifully different - the separation and clarity is amazing. It's built for fingerpicking, but it's a great chording. I agree with a review that said it's not a strummer, but that's not why you buy an OM. After 20 months of playing, the spruce top's sound is opening up nicely. The Aura pickup system takes some getting used to - it has a lot of subtle sounds that I have just barely begun to explore, and the sounds are better than any piezo I've ever played. This is the first guitar I've owned with decorative inlay and such, and it is wonderfully done - every guitarist should own a Martin sometime.

(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin OMC Aura

By Pete Young

from Hunyington Beach, CA

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar in 2008 and presently I own it and a Taylor GS5 purchased in 2009 from the Guitar Center. Both guitars are exceptional. I have owned a Taylor 914ce, 814ce, 414ce, a Larivee LV09, a Washburn, and many high end classical guitars, and I have played probably over 50 good high end acoustics. I played classical guitar for 8 years, and switched to steel in 2007 when I needed more volume and projection for leading worship. I compared this Martin to numerous other Martins and Taylors and other high end acoustic electrics, and it was superior in every way. For a smaller bodied instrument the OMC is amazingly loud, even louder than the Taylors I have owned. It is even as loud as my Taylor GS5. The OMC guitar has abalone and pearl inlays that equals the inlays on Martins and Taylors costing thousands more. The Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides are perfect in color and grain, and the top braces are scalloped. The bolted on neck I feel adds to the superior sound. I have compared it to other OOO size Martins costing hundreds more, and it more than holds its own. The fit and finish are perfect as is the Gieb case, and the action is fine and not too low or high. The sound is harmonically rich while retaining superior note separation and intonation. The bass is amazing for an instrument this size, and is as good as the Taylor GS5 which has a much larger body and a Cedar Top. You can strum it hard or soft without exceeding the headroom, and it is loud. Finger picking is its strong suit, but strummed chords are rich and not muddy. It does it all. How would I compare it to the Taylor GS5? This is a tough call. It's like comparing a great New York steak with a great Top Sirloin steak. They are a little different, but both great. I believe the Taylor GS series are Bob Taylor's best effort. Overall Martin guitars to my ears sound better in the smaller bodied models, and I would only want a dreadnought for Blue Grass or maybe to cut through a large band mix. So much has been written on the Fisher Aura system that I won't say much more than it is one of the best, maybe even better that Taylor's ES system. I highly recommend the Martin OMC Aura. It is incredible, and a real bargain. I would buy another OMC Aura if this one was stolen or lost.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin OMC Aura comparison with Taylor 914ce

By P. Young

from CA

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I want to add to my previous review and share my experience. I have always wanted a Taylor 914ce and the other day I brought one home on trial, and I was almost shocked how much better overall the sound of the Martin was. I play fingerstyle and strum for leading singing in small groups. I simply can't describe the superior bass, separation of notes, loudness, intonation, and overall great sound the Martin exhibited. This is not to say that the Taylor was not beautiful, and had good but not great tone. Buy the Martin, and you'll never look for another acoustic electric.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not as Good as Zager

By Outtatoone

from Texas

Comments about Martin OMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Hi - purchased guitar based on reviews and also from playing it at one of the local shops. The guitar has made a consistantly buzzing sound - I found it didn't do so well when strumming. Overall, I have a cheaper Zager guitar that projects and holds the tone better. It appears to be more adapt to fingerpicking than a strumming workhorse.

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