Martin Monday: OM-28

The OM-28 carries many of the distinctions that can be found in Martin pre-war era guitars.


The OM-28 features a Sitka spruce top with aging toner and a polished gloss finish. The body is constructed of polished gloss East Indian rosewood and is edged with ivoroid binding. The rosewood head plate holds the old style Martin logo. The OM-28 is strung with SP Lifespan light gauge strings for long life.

You can learn more about the OM-28 here.

You can also find a dealer to get your very own OM-28 here.

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The 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is quickly approaching and we understand how stressful it can be to shop for everyone in your life! That's why we curated these must have items from the 1833 Shop. Get one (or all of them!) for the guitarist in your life or share this gift guide with a friend so you get exactly what you want. Place your order by December 4th for ensured delivery of December 24th.

  1. For The Business Tycoon: The Ultimate Messenger Bag


This new arrival to the 1833 Shop is the hottest item of the season! It is 100% leather and made in the USA. It is a custom order so it can take 4 weeks to arrive on your doorstep. Purchase here. (December 24th delivery not ensured)

  1. For The Hands On Learner: Rosewood Guitar Kit


Our Rosewood Guitar Kits are a big crowd pleaser! You will receive the main components needed to build your own guitar as well as a guide for building. Purchase here.

  1. For The Martin Owners Club Member: Vintage MOC Tee


We get it, the Martin Owners Club member owns almost everything Martin! But this newly released vintage logo t-shirt is sure to wow them. Purchase here.

  • For The Clean Freak: Polish and Cleaner


This two-in-one polish and cleaner is used at the Martin factory and helps keep our guitars in pristine condition. Recommended for gloss top guitars. Purchase here.

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Martin Monday: The GPCRSGT

Our highlighted guitar of the week is the Martin GPCRSGT.

GPCRSGT stands for Grand Performance Cutaway Road Series Gloss Top. The model includes sapele back and sides and also includes Fishman Sonitone electronics with USB. The GPCRSGT is the first Grand Performance body size of the Road Series family. The guitar is strung with SP Lifespan strings.

The GPCRSGT recently won a NAMM Best In Show Award at the 2015 Summer NAMM Show.

You can learn more about the GPCRSGT here.

Want to test drive the model? Find an Authorized Martin dealer near you here

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"Play This Guitar. Don't Just Display It."- Ed Sheeran

We are teaming up with Guitar Center and taking Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran's advice on not just looking at the Ed X Sheeran Signature Edition, but playing it!

Share a clip of yourself playing and use the hashtag #MartinSheeran so Guitar Center and Martin Guitar can share our favorites!

If you don't have your own Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition, head here!

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Martin Monday: HD-28

Based on the iconic D-28, the Martin HD-28 has many of the options collectors love about historic Martin guitars.


The HD-28 has a Sitka spruce top with East Indian rosewood back and sides with Martin's classic herringbone inlay. The model is also available with a sunburst or ambertone shaded top. The HD-28 is strung with SP Lifespan strings and yes, we do have a left-handed version. The HD-28 is a favorite of Martin Ambassadors Hunter Hayes, Raggi from Of Monsters and Men and our friend Father John Misty.

You can learn more about the HD-28 here.

You can also find an authorized Martin dealer to purchase your very own HD-28 here.

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Factory Favorite: Flo Morrissey

Today in our Factory Favorite blog column, we introduce you to Flo Morrissey.

Flo Morrissey is an extremely talented, twenty-one year old singer-songwriter. She released her debut album "Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful" in July 2015. Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 stars out of 4. Flo Morrissey has mesmerized crowds at Glastonbury and is featured in Apple's latest "Discovery" Series. You can watch Flo Morrissey perform at the Ace Hotel New York's 5@5 series here. Flo Morrissey's Martin Guitar of choice is a vintage Road Series model.

 Learn more about our Factory Favorite Flo Morrissey here.

You can also find a dealer to test drive the Martin Guitar Road Series here.  

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Martin Monday: GPCPA4

The GPCPA4 is a Martin Guitar factory favorite.


The GPCPA4 is a grand performance cutaway model and is a member of the Performing Artist Series. The guitar features a solid Sitka Spruce top along with Sapele back and sides. The head plate and heel cap are composed of Solid East Indian Rosewood. The GPCPA4 comes equipped with SP Lifespan strings and Fishman F1 Analog electronics.

To learn more about the GPCPA4, click here.

You can also find a authorized Martin dealer to test drive the model, here.

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Dear Emily: "Tonewood On A Budget"

Dear Emily,

I love the sound and look of Brazilian Rosewood but I can't afford it. Is there another wood that sounds and looks like Brazilian Rosewood and is more affordable? --Premium Tonewood On A Budget

Dear Premium Tonewood On A Budget,

We have any great sounding and affordable tonewoods! Madagascar Rosewood (Madi) is the first that comes to mind. In fact, people are calling this "the next Brazilian." Madi is one of my favorites. My own custom is made of Madi wood. It sounds fantastic on pretty much any body size. When you hear it, you definitely know it's a Rosewood. You can check out the Madi on our Authentic Series guitars. In my opinion, the Authentics are some of the best guitars to come out of the factory and the Madi is a large part of that.

Guatemalan Rosewood is also an awesome choice. In the wood room, we sometimes tap raw pieces of wood to hear how long they resonate and what kind of tones they have. The tap tones of Guatemalan sound very much like those of Brazilian. The yoda of the custom shop office, Danny Brown, will tell you the same thing and he's tapped more Brazilian than most of us!


Want to hear more from Emily? She will be taking over the @MartinGuitar Twitter on Thursday, November 5th from 3-3:30PM (EST). Join the conversation by using #DearEmily.


Emily has worked at Martin Guitar for 8 years. She has been cross-trained in every aspect of guitar building and currently serves as the Martin Guitar Custom Shop Administrator. Dear Emily is an advice column that will appear bi-monthly on the Martin Guitar Blog.

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Martin Monday: D-28 Authentic 1937

This beautiful model is based off one of the most revered        D-28's on 1937.

The D-28 Authentic 1937 features Madagascar rosewood back and sides. The model also features the new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS). VTS is a unique recipe based on the historic torrefaction system. The method allows Martin Guitar's craftsmen and women to recreate the sounds previously held to only vintage instruments. The D-28 Authentic 1937 is strung with SP Lifespan strings. It is the guitar of choice for Martin Ambassador Craig Ross, lead guitarist for Lenny Kravitz.

You can learn more about the D-28 Authentic 1937 here.

Find a dealer to test drive the D-28 Authentic 1937 here.

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New Shows Announced For The Theater at Ace Hotel

The Theater at Ace Hotel has announced new, upcoming shows. The newly announced shows include Love in 3D and concerts by Seal and Clint Mansell. Martin Ambassador Sturgill Simpson is also scheduled to perform at The Theater at Ace Hotel on November 21st.

The Theater at Ace Hotel is a beautifully restored, 1,600-seat movie palace from the 1920's. It includes three-stories and an ornate open balcony and mezzanine. The Theater at Ace Hotel is the literal foundation of the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

Martin Guitar is a founding patron of The Theater at Ace Hotel. You can also check in and strum on at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Select rooms are equipped with a custom Martin DXMAE guitars. You can also check into a room with a custom Martin at the Ace Hotel New York and Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

To find a full list of upcoming shows at The Theater at Ace Hotel, click here.

To learn more about the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, click here.

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