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Chicago Sandy
06-20-2007, 12:01 PM
Just saw Bon Jovi on "The View" and Jon was playing an all-black OM or 000-size guitar, no cutaway, with a square headstock (so it's not his usual Takamine) bearing an abalone tree-of-life style inlay similar to Martin or Blueridge and an abalone rosette and top binding. Could not see a logo. Anyone know if this is a Martin? If not, what brand? Has Takamine begun to release square-peghead guitars? Does Collings make such a model? I was surprised to see him strumming it, since it's not a dread.

rlouie
06-20-2007, 12:36 PM
I just watched the video on MSNBC and you can't really tell what kind it is. It looks like a Martin headstock but without the Martin label on it.....
here is the link to the site where you can watch the concert:

Bon Jovi ‘Want to Make a Memory’ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19309670/)

Skip Ellis
06-20-2007, 01:28 PM
Looks a whole lot like the alternate Martin torch to me.

MJH
06-20-2007, 02:15 PM
I'd also say it is a Martin. Nice looking guitar!

BigMo66
06-20-2007, 02:39 PM
Definitely the Martin Torch.
http://www.buffalobrosguitars.com/images22000-22999/ngb22224-martinom45royrogers/3.jpg

BigMo66
06-20-2007, 02:44 PM
...then again, Collings has a torch that is nearly identical?

preston
06-20-2007, 03:04 PM
Maybe Norm actually Ebay'ed the Esteban again ! (Even Jon couldn't pass up a deal, maybe ? ) :D

hreboredo
06-20-2007, 03:12 PM
It is indeed a Martin. Very likely not his guitar (many times on these TV performances musicians don't have their guitar and play what is provided). He's a pretty loyal Takamine player.

Taylorplayer
06-20-2007, 03:20 PM
Maybe Norm actually Ebay'ed the Esteban again ! (Even Jon couldn't pass up a deal, maybe ? ) :D

No, no, no.... please no! :)

Mak2525
06-20-2007, 03:22 PM
Just saw Bon Jovi on "The View" and Jon was playing an all-black OM or 000-size guitar, no cutaway, with a square headstock (so it's not his usual Takamine) bearing an abalone tree-of-life style inlay similar to Martin or Blueridge and an abalone rosette and top binding. Could not see a logo. Anyone know if this is a Martin? If not, what brand? Has Takamine begun to release square-peghead guitars? Does Collings make such a model? I was surprised to see him strumming it, since it's not a dread.



It's probably an all black version of Ritchie Sambora's signature OMC-41. I believe he uses that one in the video "You can't go home" with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

EDIT: Missed the part about no cutaway, so that rules out the OMC-41 RS. :confused:

Taylor007
06-20-2007, 03:38 PM
was surprised to see him strumming it, since it's not a dread.


Shhhh...We OM players don't want anyone to know how versatile these guitars are! ;)

ricks
06-20-2007, 03:45 PM
Looks a whole lot like the Clapton Belliza Nera (sp?)
The black 000 EC sig model.

ovangkol bill
06-20-2007, 04:33 PM
Looks a whole lot like the Clapton Belliza Nera (sp?)
The black 000 EC sig model.

Yup. That sure looks like one.

Mak2525
06-20-2007, 04:36 PM
Looks a whole lot like the Clapton Belliza Nera (sp?)
The black 000 EC sig model.

I think Rick has it: :up:

http://www.sonicstate.com/news/shownews.cfm?newsid=1647

Allen Shadd
06-20-2007, 04:54 PM
Just saw Bon Jovi on "The View" Could not see a logo. Anyone know if this is a Martin? If not, what brand? Has Takamine begun to release square-peghead guitars? Does Collings make such a model?

I think you would mean *re-release* square pegheaded guitars. Let's not forget that they actually started out as Martin wannabe's (good ones at that) and even had the foil logo in the same font as Martin. Hence, the 'lawsuit Taks', even though there never was actually a lawsuit over it.

And, I don't think Collings has ever produced a black topped guitar, and only a few shaded top (sunburst). I could be wrong on that, but it would be easy enough to find out.

I think RickS got it right as well.

Chicago Sandy
06-20-2007, 11:11 PM
Thanks, everyone. Though the fretboard inlays looked a bit plainer from what I could see on my TV, I think RickS got it right. Now one more object of GAS....

rgregg48
06-21-2007, 02:54 AM
Jon Bon who? never hoid uf em...

Rick

jwsamuel
06-21-2007, 04:02 AM
I was surprised to see him strumming it, since it's not a dread.

Why surprised? You can strum an OM nd you can even flatpick them. Flatpickers like Steve Kaufman play OMs and they are just fine.

Jim

Mak2525
07-26-2007, 02:51 PM
Saw the show on HDMusic last night:

It is definitely a Bellezza Nera Clapton model!

Also, regarding another thread on the same show, I see why Ritchie Sambora had such a hard time taping this "Unplugged" special - He looked like he was BLASTED!

valleyguy
07-26-2007, 03:04 PM
Yes, on that High Definition program there was a slow pan of the soundhole and you could definitely read the paper Martin label, but I was unable to read the model.

High Def TV is wonderful....:D

MattM
07-26-2007, 05:41 PM
Interesting...I always assumed it was a Collings OM, like Chris Tomlin's burst top model.