• Martin OM-28 John Mayer acoustic guitar


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The Martin OM-28 John Mayer was a limited edition signature model made in 2003 only.The guitar was limited to a run of only 404 (an Atlanta area code). Martin issued the following press release announcing the OM-28 John Mayer model:

"Based on Martin's classic OM design, with the long 25.4-inch scale, 000 body size and 1/4" scalloped bracing for powerful, balanced tone, the OM-28 John Mayer Signature Model showcases a mix of unusual elements. Both the polished Indian rosewood headplate and the African black ebony belly bridge feature inset fine-line border inlays of aluminum for a look that shows there is (as Mayer's album title points out) "Room for Squares." To match these fine line aluminum borders, the headplate showcases the classic "C.F. Martin & Co. Est. 1833" decal logo in silver. The African black ebony fingerboard is embellished with the "Triangle and Dots" international pilots' symbol for 1200 hours (high noon), replicated from Mayer's wristwatch, in colorful abalone pearl and mother-of-pearl at the 12th fret and at the 20th fret by his signature in mother-of-pearl.

The OM-28JM John Mayer Signature Model is handcrafted entirely from solid premium tonewoods: a top of responsive Engelmann spruce matched to back and sides of rich, resonant Indian rosewood. The genuine mahogany neck combines slim 1 11/16" width at the nut with low profile shape and satin finish for playing comfort. Gotoh open-geared nickel tuners with 8 butterbean knobs contribute smooth, precise tuning. A bone nut and compensated bone saddle provide superb string-to-string separation. This signature model comes factory equipped with Fishman/Martin Gold+Plus Natural electronics for warm, natural amplified sound.

Bold-pattern herringbone encircles the top, with fine black/white/black purfling bordering the side and back edges. The top and back are bound in grained ivoroid, which is also used in the heelcap and end piece. A Style 45 rosette inlaid with a center ring of select abalone pearl shines against the vintage toner on the top. A traditional tortoise-color polished and beveled OM pickguard protects the top, and the body is finished with traditional polished gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

The OM-28 John Mayer Signature Model comes with an interior label personally signed by John Mayer and Martin Chairman and CEO C.F. Martin IV and will be delivered in a Geib style hardshell case. Mayer has suggested an edition of 404 instruments, saying "It's the Atlanta area code made famous by many rap artists and it's a beautiful looking palindrome!" Martin will begin to take orders for this signature model immediately following its announcement until the edition sells out, with the names of participating Martin dealers to be posted on the Martin."

In 2006 Martin issued a second John Mayer signature guitar called the Martin OMJM, similar to the first Martin OM-28JM Limited Edition, but more affordable and more widely available.

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PreampFishman Gold Plus Natural I electronics


Finish materialnitrocellulose finish
Made inUSA
Bindingivoroid binding
Number of strings6 strings


Body back materialrosewood body back
Body sides materialrosewood body sides
Body styleOM-style body
Body top materialEngelmann spruce body top
Soundholeround soundhole


Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Neck materialmahogany neck
Neck profilethin neck profile
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets20 fret
Nutbone nut
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Bridgeebony bridge
TunersGotoh tuners


Fingerboard inlay materialabalone fingerboard inlay material, mother of pearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard

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