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Old 12-25-2016, 07:10 AM
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Default 3 2016 OMs (Circa, Merrill, Dudenbostel)

First of all, Merry Christmas to everyone.

It has been a slow 2016...
I wasn't very active buying and trying guitars like 2014 and 2015.
Well, I did buy 5 guitars... But mostly its about these 3 OMs.



All are from 2016, and they have the same Adirondack spruce and Brazilian rosewood combination.

I've been fond of bigger guitars previously, but over the years I slowly transitioned to smaller models.



The first real world class OM I had was a Borges OM-45 Deluxe... also Adi/Braz combo.. It was nice, and very vintage sounding.

I got curious and wanted to try out other builders and I was fortunate to be offered build slots a couple of years ago...



I received the Merrill OM-42 last April...
It almost never happened... Long story lol...
When I received it, I was pleasantly surprised by how open it sounded...
It is everything I hoped for.
Just magical... Great tonal bloom, 3D sound.
The best new OM I have played.



The Dudenbostel OM arrived last September
I had a hard time choosing between Adi, Carpathian and Englemann.
I told Lynn I did not want a stiff sounding guitar... He recommended Carp and Englemann.. I almost went Englemann, but eventually Adi won.
I almost sold it when a guitar bud told me the Dudenbostel guitars he played were pretty much like a Collings.
I never found a Collings that I truly loved...
But curiosity got the better of me haha...
When it finally arrived, it was tight sounding... But over 2 months it matured beautifully... Loud and none of the harsh edge common in new guitars. It has an old voice. I remember a video comparing a Martin OM A and a real 32' OM... The Dude has the old sound and vibe of the 32'.
Its one of the guitars I surely wont part with.



Finally the Circa OM-42
I got this as a used guitar, barely 1 month old.
The most beautiful guitar Ive ever owned... prettier than the Borges OM-45 dlx. Everything about the guitar spells class.
It was a little tight when I received it 3 weeks ago.
Now the notes bloom and sustain beautifully. Its very similar to the Merrill, just more balanced and mellow.
Over a few more weeks or months I think it will be a very special guitar.


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Old 12-25-2016, 07:18 AM
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The magic of a Merrill is unsurpassed.

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Old 12-25-2016, 07:26 AM
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An "orchestra" of OMs...

The traditional 15", 000 size combined with the power of a long-scale is the "sweet spot" of tonal balance and comfort among acoustic flat top guitars in my opinion.

I would love to see what the back of them looks like.

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Old 12-25-2016, 03:45 PM
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WOW! Now that's what I call a stable!

I have no idea how you decide which OM to play, but that is a problem that I would be envious to have.

Thanks for sharing, and happy holidays back at you!
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Fs, those are all silly good guitars. Congrats to a fabulous year! It looks like you "had" an Borges OM-45 deluxe. Do all 3 new ones surpass the older broken in Borges? How would you rank the 4? Thanks.
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What fun to be able to compare three OM guitars from excellent builders.
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If that was a slow 2016 I can't imagine what fast may be like. Awesome trio! Congrats.
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If that was a slow 2016 I can't imagine what fast may be like. Awesome trio! Congrats.
That's what I was thinking as well.....congrats.
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An "orchestra" of OMs...

The traditional 15", 000 size combined with the power of a long-scale is the "sweet spot" of tonal balance and comfort among acoustic flat top guitars in my opinion.

I would love to see what the back of them looks like.

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I will try to take nice pics of the backs w/o reflection....
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Fs, those are all silly good guitars. Congrats to a fabulous year! It looks like you "had" an Borges OM-45 deluxe. Do all 3 new ones surpass the older broken in Borges? How would you rank the 4? Thanks.
Over the years, I've learned that we all have different tastes...
A Korean collector visited me last year... and he picked the Borges OM45 Dlx to be the best guitar in my house... at that time I had multiple Somogyis (5 at that time I think), Traugotts, Walkers, Kostals, Matsuda, Brondel, etc...
He says it sounds close to his pre war Martin OM.

At this time it will be very hard for me to pick the best among the 4 world class OMs...
But if you force me... its gotta be either the Merrill or the Dudenbostel.
They are very different, but both stellar...
The Circa being a 2mos old guitar is already great... after a few months my answer may change hahaha.

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If that was a slow 2016 I can't imagine what fast may be like. Awesome trio! Congrats.
Fast is like this hahaha











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What fun to be able to compare three OM guitars from excellent builders.
Yes its fun, but after some time I'll just keep the one I play most of the times
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Wow, that's a magnificent looking group of OMs, thanks for sharing!

Like Jimmi, I too would like to know how your Borges sounded by comparison, not so much a ranking as some insight into timbral variation. From what I read above it looks like the Circa is a bit softer and rounder than the others - I guess I'd expect that from the Borges as well but I sure would like to hear from someone who plays them all the time.

I keep finding the softer, rounder trebles associated with a touch less air ... I play a Mcalister OM 28 and I really like the warmth or the rounder trebles, I don't give up clarity to bass smear and the bloom is incredible (both compromises usually made to warmth in non-vintage instruments) but there is a bit less air than in some really great vintage guitars I've played and I have only occasionally come across this sense of air in newer guitars (A Merrill I once owned for instance); when I do find it in a newer guitar it seems like it always comes with much brighter - or maybe faster - treble transients.

I understand that bloom and balance are just incredible from all those builders - thanks again for the pics (and whatever you decide to share of your experiences)

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Old 12-26-2016, 07:24 AM
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Holy Cow! While I was typing my post you posted the moderns and the Walkers...while I am chiefly familiar with modern takes on vintage Martins and Gibson I can only look on in awe at that collection
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Old 12-26-2016, 07:32 AM
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I will try to take nice pics of the backs w/o reflection....
Thanks... We look forward to that, particularly with three BRW guitars...
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