Martin Style OM-21, Honduran Rosewood

I used a broad collection of materials to build this guitar; as a result, it does not actually follow any existing style very closely. It has a 24.9" scale with a 1 3/4" nut, with a nice low action. It is light construction and is strong with light strings (D'Addario EJ-16). It is among the best sounding of the first dozen or so guitars I have built.

The back and side set is a light brown Honduran rosewood. The top is Engelmann spruce. The fretboard and bridge are cocobolo, with a bone nut and saddle. The neck is a one-piece mahogany neck salvaged from another project. The heel had broken during construction, but it has been repaired (with a vertical reinforcing dowel); the heel is strong, although it is slightly off fron the center of the guitar (this neck itself is aligned properly).

The rosette and backstrip are wood herringbone, the binding is tortoise plastic with wood purfling, and the guitar is finished with a light amount of water-borne lacquer. It has Grover StaTite V98 tuners.

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