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Old 08-06-2014, 08:00 PM
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Anyone have any experience with the om-35 custom at MFG?
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:48 PM
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I have not played one, but the recipients of them over at the Martin Forum have nothing but good things to say about them. If I wasn't already full-up w/ OM's, I wouldn't mind one. Jon at MFG is great to deal with. I've bought 3 guits from him...

btw: MFG's OM-35's are stamped 'CUSTOM' on the neck block.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:08 PM
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Anyone have any experience with the om-35 custom at MFG?
Not with MFG, but I once commissioned an OM-35 custom from Ted at LA Guitar Sales back in 2012 that I had made with a Performing Artist Neck and a Delmar teardrop pickguard.

It was a gorgeous looking guitar, but tonally I never bonded and ended up selling it after about a year of ownership. I've seen the OM-35 referred to on UMGF as the 'mellow Martin', and I'd definitely agree with that assessment. It had deep Barry White lows and crystalline highs with a pronounced midrange scoop -- moreso than other Martin Rosewoods which are already mid scooped enough. I found it to be a much better fingerstyle guitar than a strummer, and it certainly was not something suitable for flatpicking, in my view.

As for me, I'm moving further away from the darker/warmer Martin sound these days and finding I prefer the louder, brighter, midrangier, and more articulate voicing of Collings.

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I got one of the earlier custom OM-35 from MFG a few years ago, and I absolutely love it. I mostly do instrumental solo fingerpicking, and in my opinion, it's perfectly suited for that. I don't have a stable of other OM's to compare it to, but I like it better than any I've been able to get my hands on at music stores.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:35 PM
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Yeah, they're totally great. In my opinion better suited to fingerstyle. Great depth...
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Anyone have any experience with the om-35 custom at MFG?
Yes...nicest Martin I ever had. Everyone has their own opinions on fingerstyle, scoop etc. I strummed it hard and played it light fingerstyle and everything in between and it did all I asked it to every time.

The ONLY reason I let it go was I needed cash for other hobbies and it was where I could get the most money from my guitars.If you love Martin guitars then you should like the OM-35.
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I had one. It was a good guitar but it lacked what I was looking for tonally. I ended up trading it back to Jon for an OM-28V which I liked much better.
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Picked one up from Jon earlier this year on impulse. I had already ordered a custom from him so I sold it a few days later when I realized I couldn't have both. That being said, it was very nice sounding and playing guitar for the little time I spent with it. The one thing I didn't like was the plastic binding on the fret board. Any part of my hand that wrapped around the binding ( like when fretting with my thumb) would become quite uncomfortable. My custom has the same neck with no binding and I don't have this problem. Seemed like maybe it needed to be rounded a bit more in my opinion.

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Anyone ever get a chance to compare it to the OM-28V?
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Anyone ever get a chance to compare it to the OM-28V?
The -28V has the pokey hurty V-neck. OM-35 is normal, non-painful neck.
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Sonically how different are they?
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