This lovely 1931 Martin OM-28 comes to us from a longtime client; and it hasn't been on the market for more than 40 years. Playing a pre-war Martin OM in this sort of condition is one of the true (and rare) joys of existing in this rabidly obsessed acoustic guitar niche. The perfect soft-V neck luthiers are still trying to copy. The immediate, woody response and versatility under fingers or a flatpick. And that ethereal dry-yet-complex tone ... these are the hallmarks of a great instrument, and they're all on tap in this guitar. It was made not long after the transition from banjo tuners to right-angle style machines, and carries its original large pickguard. The bridge has been replaced, but all other structural components are original. A thin maple strip has been added on to the original bridge plate, providing extra anchorage for the string ball ends. New repairs by TJ Thompson include fret dressing, setup, re-shaping of the replacement bridge to more correct specs, and addition of thin popsicle brace. A strap button was added to the bass side of the guitar long ago, and we've elected to leave it alone. This OM-28 is now playing wonderfully and sounding, well, just as anyone interested in a pre-war OM-28 would want it to sound. Plenty of power and inimitable balance across the fingerboard, with the patented fat trebles and a complete vacancy in the shrillness department. If you're looking for that textbook vintage Martin that's got the trademark gorgeous sound, and won't need any work for years to come, give us a call for a full in-hand description. Priced with 1960's era hard case.

  • Brazilian Rosewood back & sides
  • Red Spruce top
  • 1 3/4" nut width
  • 25.4" Scale length
  • 2 3/8" string spacing
  • Recent repairs & setup by TJ Thompson
The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium

9 Years
The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
7:36 AM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover directly for phone, email orders and in store purchases. Secure on line payments can also be made through our PayPal account. We will gladly accept personal checks but there may be a shipment delay while the check clears our bank. For international purchases, we strongly encourage Wire Transfers but in some cases will accept the above payment methods. To wire money directly to our bank, contact us for bank info.

We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.