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Two Stunning Martin Orchestra Models Offer Positive And “Negative” Player Options [ Summer NAMM 2007 ]

United States
27 July 2007 —

OM Negative

As a followup to the popular HDN Negative issued in 2002, this striking Limited Edition OM Negative offers similarly reversed appointments in an Orchestra Model format. Features include a polished black lacquer body finish in sharp contrast with the ivory coloration of the fingerboard, bridge, headplate and pickguard. Style 45 snowflakes mark the fingerboard positions, an abalone torch is inlaid in the headplate, abalone inlay circumscribes the rosette, and bold herringbone trims the perimeter of the top. To complete the negative motif, black bindings with reversed black/white inlays demarcate the edges of the top, back, sides, fingerboard and headstock.

OM-28 Marquis Madagascar

Like the original OM-28 constructed for plectrum banjoist Perry Bechtel in 1939, this OM-28 Marquis is a Style 28 Orchestra Model crafted with pre-war Golden Era® appointments and tonewoods that include Adirondack red spruce for the soundboard and genuine black ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. Unlike several previous Marquis Series instruments, this special model utilizes Madagascar rosewood (as opposed to East Indian rosewood) for the back, sides and headplate. Madagascar rosewood is prized for its tone and beauty, having attributes that closely resemble Brazilian rosewood.

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