Lots of sparkle around the fundamental note make this a gorgeous fingerpicking guitar, but it's not demure...
Why We Love This
More than two years ago, we picked out about a half dozen sets of exceptional flamed Koa with our friends at the Martin Custom Shop; and the completed guitars have finally started arriving! This bold-sounding OM takes its visual cues from an early TJ Thompson guitar we were lucky enough to have in the shop for a while. Its style-28 body and style-42 neck just seemed to work together (and the Koa peghead veneer offsets the natural "bling" of the Torch inlay very nicely).
We always recall luthier Dana Bourgeois describing Koa guitars as having a "syrupy" sound; and that description certainly rings true here. The overall voice calls to mind a Mahogany guitar, with its woody, authoritative sound, but there's so much more sweetness on tap. Lots of sparkle around the fundamental note make this a gorgeous fingerpicking guitar, but it's not demure and will reward a flatpicking attack with ample volume and power. A current shop favorite! Priced with thermoplastic hardhsell case from Martin.