Martin & Co OM-28V

Martin & Co OM-28V

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OM-28V, Jumbo Steel String Guitar from Martin & Co in the Marquis series.

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  • Manufacturer: Martin & Co
  • Model: OM-28V
  • Series: Marquis
  • Category: Jumbo Steel String Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 11/08/2002

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Martin & Co OM-28V user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 3 reviews )
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MGR/Slappy's review"Martin OM-28V"

Martin & Co OM-28V
Wanted to add guitar playing skills to augment bass playing. Picked this one year old guitar (2001 model) up second hand at a local specialty shop - perfect condition(seems like it never came out of the case) for $2,100. This is a vintage reproduction of the original Martin om 28. Indian rosewood back and sides, sitka spruce top, ebony fretboard - impeccable workmanship resulting in excellent tone and playability

This particular guitar was perfectly set up with fresh strings allowing you to get a really good feel for tone and playability. Tone is really well balanced. The low end is there, but doesn't boom like a dreadnought. The mids and treble are excellent but the balance between all strings up and down the fretboard is really good
The nut is 1 3/4 allowing a little more room for fingerstyle playing - or in my case, ham fisted playing. Neck is in the vintage style with a sharper V radius allowing my thumb to rest against it comfortably but is small enough to disappear in your hand.

This box is fun to play because it sounds and feels so good I'm beginning to develop overuse injuries in my elbow and wrist. I like playing this guitar so much I haven't picked up a bass in weeks.

Indian Rosewood back and sides and sitka spruce top - waverly tuners, ebony fretboard and scalloped bracing. Workmanship is excellent - it is a Martin.

Great little guitar. Reccommend patronizing the smaller independent specialty shops for acoustic instruments. The price may be a little higher at the outset, but the ability to try out guitars that are properly set up will save big in the long run. Equally important is the after sale service which, in my experience, the chains cannot deliver.

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nickname009's review"Simplistically Great!"

Martin & Co OM-28V
This is my first Martin guitar and after endlessly playing through so many different OM types, I finally settled on this one. Made in USA, it has very simple features:

Solid Sitka Spruce with aging toner top
indian rosewood back and sides
mahogany neck with ebony fretboard
Gotoh butterbean tuners
25.4" scale neck
standard scalloped X bracing pattern
1-3/4" nut width
Vintage belly drop-in saddle
herringbone binding
diamond and square inlays
14 fret neck to body (20 frets total)

for an acoustic guitar, this is plain jane plus a bit of splash. There aren't any exotic woods or any super flashy inlays or modern pickup design.


OM shapes, I've found are extremely comfortable with the way they're contoured for both sitting as well as for your strumming arm hanging over the top. This is a non-cutaway version with decent accessibility to the 14th fret, most acoustic players don't go all the way up to the 20th fret often, maybe for a single note at the end of a lick etc. Thus the need for a cutaway is not necessary.

Out of the box the guitar sounds great! It's foundations are simple and the woods are the normal pair of woods you'd get on 99% of all acoustic guitars that has proven to sound consistently good. There are two problems most players would have with this is probably the 1-3/4" nut width. This is a different string spacing than a guitar with a 1-11/16th nut width (found on most dreadnought guitars). If you're not picky then you'd see no problem, though there are some people who cannot seem to adapt well to the difference.

Another thing is the V neck profile. This is part of the whole 'vintage' package which also includes the belly saddle, the gotoh butterbean tuners, and the aging toner top. The V neck profile was originally how Martin had made most of their guitar necks to be shaped to on a lot of their older guitars throughout the years. As modern technology improved and tastes changed, guitars with C shapes and D shapes were created. I can understand some players won't be able to wrap their hands around this one (the neck) properly for, let's say, bar chords. It does take some getting used to, others may find it TOO thick and lumpy. I myself have been able to take the time to get used to the guitar and play it the way it was designed with not much trouble at all. So I advise that this guitar DEFINITELY has to be played before bought!!! For me, I think it's near perfect!


I might seem like I'm exaggerating here but I'm not. I have played at least 3 OM-28Vs before I chose this one, and I've also played many other brands also!

Soundwise, this is the BIGGEST sounding OM I've heard from any guitar maker out there. I've tried Bourgeois, Collings, Taylors and other Martin OM models and found this one to be the absolute biggest and warmest sounding one. I do a fair share of both fingerpicking and strumming tunes. I wanted a guitar that was able to cover both styles and also be comfortable to play with. I started off playing dreadnoughts just because everybody seems to start that way and have finally discovered that not only are they uncomfortable for me to play, they sound way too boomy when recording and require too much tweaking in a recording environment. Also when it comes to diversifying the styles from strumming to fingerpicking, the OM28V is warm and punchy enough to have every note come out clear, yet big enough for strumming.

I've seen a lot of people play this model guitar at the stores and always have something positive to say about how it sounds. I've yet to meet somebody who dislikes the tone!


I love my OM28V! I was on the search for the ONE acoustic guitar that I would own for a VERY long time. Simple, no fuss, and great sound that would fit the budget I had at the time. I tried many different OM guitars to filter this one out. Bourgeois, Collings, the Martin 000-28EC, the OM-21 special etc. There's something about this specific model that gives it that huge sound. On paper it may seem very similar to others but if you picked it up and played it, you'd know the difference right away!

Martin is a great guitar company! VERY consistent. I played 3 different OM28Vs and they were all consistent in tone and build quality. You'd expect that from such a company especially considering the price!! Yes it's quite expensive! But you get what you pay for! At first I thought I was paying merely for the aesthetics of the vintage package. Then I played it next to many other guitars and instantly heard the difference. A Lifetime Warranty ain't bad either!!

Overall, great guitar, very happy with my purchase! Wouldn't sell it for anything!! I'm only rating it a 9 because I know some players wouldn't like the V neck or 1-3/4" nut. And to be honest, I DID have to take some time getting used to the neck profile. Otherwise it's near perfect!

Lf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A GUITAR DREAM"

Martin & Co OM-28V
Made in the USA in factories Martin & Co. handle broad V: love it or not, I love it. 14 Frets.


Balanced, powerful and easy to play. Its small size is comfortable for long hours of play. The sound is a bit complicated, but once you find the right settings is delicious. Very comfortable picking, she also loves to accompany singing. She never visited scene of his life because I play only in the studio, but I'm sure it would please him much. When I bought it, it had been decked out in plastoc ankles. I found it disrespectful. So I paid her ankle bone. A small cleaning Christmas and it has not changed since 4 years. I carry around everywhere, in his case: by car, by train, by plane, summer and winter. She does is never full.


Very rich in harmonics. Deep bass and treble clear. It is excellent for blues and country, but you can play with all, except perhaps strumming so upset. Better then adopt its big sister, the D28 or HD28.


It is said that his cousin OM 28 Marquis is extraordinary with its table adirondack. I could try a secondhand and I did not find any obvious difference with my 28V OM. The only OM that I found really is a better Collings OM3 2012 and I fell ... But beware, the handle of the Collings is finer. This will require that I used to.

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