Up for sale, a 2007 Martin OM-18GE in near-mint condition, complete with the original hardshell case. A one-off custom-ordered example constructed of solid, figured koa with a pyramid ebony bridge, this OM-18GE otherwise conforms to the model's standard feature set with a carved ebony fingerboard and nut, and Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay, body binding and end trim. A carved bone cut-through saddle and Waverly banjo tuners round out the OM-18GE's appointments.
The figured koa body features scalloped X-bracing on top, and even a light strum yields impressive projection. There’s a crisp, woody dimension to the wound strings and a sweet bloom as notes sustain. The trebles are sparkling and round with an airy quality, and the complex midrange character attributable to koa has a bit of sweet bark when digging in hard with a flatpick. Extremely articulate and sympathetic to fingerpicking, the sound is warm and smooth, and the top end remains glassy and immediate thanks to the ebony fingerboard and longer scale of the OM model. This Martin weighs 4lbs, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and 12-54 bronze strings.
The mahogany neck has a 30s-style V-shaped profile, a medium depth carve and not as severe as many Pre-War V shapes, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 9th. The ebony fingerboard features perfect slender fretwire, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25.4" scale. The carved ebony nut measures 1 3/4" in width, and the headstock face boasts a genuine Brazilian rosewood veneer and Waverly "banjo" tuning machines that turn very smoothly and hold pitch reliably.
The carved ebony pyramid bridge has a tall, compensated carved bone saddle, and the body is framed by Brazilian rosewood binding. The serial number and "Custom" model designation are stamped on the heel block in traditional Martin fashion. The soundhole has a multi-ring rosette, and flame figuring extends across the entire body, with different angles and lighting showcasing various areas of tight, straight flame in the koa. Cosmetic wear on the nitro lacquer gloss is limited to just a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat central to the waist on the back. The satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original hardshell case is included.