A modern re-creation of the classic Orchestra model. Using state of the art technology to marry classic vintage tone to modern playability. Featuring a solid sitka spruce top, high performance neck, Fishman Aura + pickup system, and Martin hard case.
Martin have really cracked it with this pickup system, finally we have the amazing combination of legendary Martin acoustic tones and dynamic, pure electro acoustic tones, courtesy of the wonderful fishman system.
Even if you never plugged the OM-28E into an amplifier,, it would still be an amazing acoustic guitar in it's own-right, it's an immensely pleasurable playing experience. The design balance that's so visible at a glance translates to a playing comfort that makes the guitar feel like an extension of your body and fingers at times. And that comfort facilitates a lot of very expressive playing. Leaning into the neck just a touch to lend subtle vibrato effects feels second nature. The fretboard feels fast and easy to get around in a manner that invites languid, sustaining finger-vibrato moves, pull-offs, and legato work. And the uncommon range of tones from tight low-end to ringing, defined trebles-all of which twitch with a very perceptible complexity-reward even the most subtle and nuanced playing.
This much we're used to from a higher-end Martin OM. The addition of the Fishman F1 Aura+, however, extends the performance potential of this guitar significantly. In the simplest terms, the Aura is not a modeling system that can magically turn the OM-28 into, say, a 12-string jumbo. Instead, it's what Fishman calls imaging-an algorithm that imparts the performance characteristics of a classic OM-28 mic'd in a studio. Because this is the Retro Series, Martin and Fishman based many images for the OM-28E on the most classic permutations of that equation imaginable- recording a classic OM in a Nashville studio with microphones like an RCA 74B and a Neumann U 47, among others.