OM Guitar


Features of the guitar:

Standard Mandolin
Goldfinch Mandolin
A5 Mandolin
Classical Mandolin
F5 Mandolin
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Apologies for the "performance", I am not a guitar player, but listen to me doodling on a Red Spruce/Tasmanian Oak guitar.  I love this guitar, but my limited abilities does not do it justice.  I am using only a small part of it's huge dynamic range, but at least it does give some idea of the sound.

Also listen to a Carpathian Spruce/Rosewood guitar.  A different sound that I really like.  This was recorded when the guitar was only 2 weeks old.

Listen to a Red Spruce/Mahogany guitar.  I love the warm sound of Mahogany.

If you are lucky I may have a guitar for sale available immediately.


  • Steel string guitar, based on the Martin OM, scale length 25.4" 14 frets to the body. 
  • Bolt on neck join
  • Schertler tuning machines
  • Nut width 44mm
  • Choice of Carpathian Spruce or Red Spruce top.  Other woods may be possible depending on availability
  • Choice of Indian Rosewood, Mahogany (limited availability), Blackwood, Tasmanian Oak, or Tasmanian Myrtle back and sides.  Other woods may be possible depending on availability.
  • African Mahogany or Queensland Maple neck.
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Brazilian Rosewood or Blackwood bridge
  • Choice of wooden rosette with Paua Abalone
  • Fleur-de-lis inlay on headstock
  • Varnish finish
  • McIntyre feather pickup installed as standard (an external preamp is required)
  • Hardshell case included as standard.  For the OM guitars a Hiscock case is supplied as standard.  Presto Case (recommended) at extra cost.

The guitars very responsive and have a warm, clear, clean and  sweet sound, similar to my mandolins (or so I have been told).  Other comments I have had are that they are very evenly balanced across the strings and up the neck.  My ears (and other musicians) tell me that they are amongst some of the best sounding of the hand made small bodied guitars.

Wood choice: The possibilities are endless, and is several lifetimes work, but I am trying to narrow the choices to woods I know work well in my instruments.   Red Spruce has more headroom than Carpathian, but it does take significantly more time to mature.  Carpathian has a slightly warmer sound as does Engelmann Spruce.  For the back, Tasmanian Oak is similar to Mahogany i.e. warmer tone, but it also has excellent clarity.  So summarising - Red Spruce, think big headroom, long time to mature.  Carpathian or Engelmann Spruce - very fine sound, quick to mature, smaller head room.  Tasmanian Oak or Mahogany - think warm, sweet tone, more fundamental.  Indian Rosewood, richness of tone, lots of overtones and more sparkle in the treble.  At the moment I am using mostly Red Spruce for tops because I like the big sound I get from it.