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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.


  • 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
  • Paper interior label
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MartinOMC-Aura Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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(34 of 34 customers found this review helpful)


A great stage guitar

By rmyAddison

from Texas

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

If you need an acoustic electric you will be hard pressed to beat Martin's Aura guitars, great instruments with the best electronics going so far. The Aura system is fantastic, blows Taylors "ce" out of the water (I owned an 814ce). Acoustically the Aura's sound like the Martins they are, plugged in the Aura images give you a wonderful natural sound, with a very versatile module, including a tuner, anti feedback, image blending and EQ. The best stage guitar I have every used, and I've been playing for 40 years. Makes miking tedious and provides a sound so close it's not worth the bother. I've bought 3 Auras in the past year, enough said.

(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


All that you can ask of an acoustic-electric

By 00028 NB Man

from Philadelphia, PA

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

Tone of the guitar acoustically matches that of any of their 16-series guitars: excellent balance across the fretboard, without alot of "thump" to the bass. The rosewood gives it complex overtones that are not present in their 16-series mahogany gits. The intonation of the guitar stays as well as can be expected as you get closer to the 12th-fret. Overall, the sound is excellent. When you plug it in, you're in a totally different league than Taylor's ES or any piezo pup you've worked with. You can blend microphone quality sound with the electric 'pop' of a piezo and the sound is just out of this world. My only wish is that we could get the Martin of our choosing with the Aura on board (could you imagine how great an OM 18GE would be with an on board aura?). Great quality, reasonable price. What more do you want?

(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


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)


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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


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."

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