The OM-28 Marquis was inspired by Martin’s Golden Era (1930-1940) guitars. Built with premium Adirondack spruce top and braces plus other period correct appointments, they are the closest one can get to a Golden Era tone and build without the hefty pricetag of a Authentic Series Martin today. Discontinued in 2015, the OM-28 Marquis has seen its value appreciating steadily over the years and remains one of the most collectible Martin guitars today.
Crafted to evoke the same powerful tone and sonorous projection as a pre-WWII OM-28, the Martin OM-28 Marquis differs only by using the much less scarce Indian rosewood instead of Brazilian rosewood. Using only premium-grade solid Indian rosewood for the back and sides and a solid Adirondack spruce top, this guitar delivers powerful tones with its scalloped Adirondack spruce braces and forward-shifted X-bracing. A final coat of special aging toner completes the guitar by giving the wood a vintage countenance.
The solid Adirondack spruce top pairs well with the east Indian rosewood back and sides to deliver a pre-war sound unlike any other. This guitar has exceptional volume and headroom while delivering the warmth and punch of a classic rosewood orchestra model (OM) but with more complex overtones than your standard Martin OM.
The Martin OM-28 Marquis is easily one of our favorite acoustics from the Martin family given it's tonal and value preposition. They consistently sound significantly better than most new Martin guitars in the market and will certainly delight its owner both as an excellent sounding instrument and as a great investment which will surely rise in value in time. This particular piece has been lovingly cared for by its previous owner and is as good as new. It is also the last few batches which came with fossilized ivory nut and saddle. The tone has aged extremely well and like most Marquis OM-28, they are an absolute joy to play.
Pre-owned Martin OM-28 Marquis. with Golden Era appointments.
White binding and herringbone purfling over an adirondack top with Indian rosewood back and sides.
Intricate triple ring rosette with turtleshell pickguard.
Ebony bridge with fossilized ivory saddle.
Solid adirondack spruce top finished with gorgeous aging toner complete with herringbone purfling.
East Indian rosewood back and sides framed with white binding.
Indian rosewood back and sides with white ivoroid binding and HD Zig-Zag purfling,
Golden Era style Martin headstock with C.F. Martin logo and fossilized ivory nut .
Nickel tuners with classic butterbean knobs.
Martin premium hardcase with plush red interior.
Front view of Martin OM-28 Marquis.
Back view of Martin OM-28 Marquis.
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-14 Fret
Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped (Golden Era Style)
Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 1/4''
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
Endpiece Inlay: Black/Maple Fiber
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style: Fine Herringbone
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: Black/Maple Fiber
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Modified V w/ 30s Style Heel
Nut Material: Fossilized Ivory
Headstock: Solid/Long Diamond/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Golden Era Style
Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4''
Number of Frets Clear: 14
Number of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamond & Squares - Short Pattern Golden Era
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: 1930s Style Belly w/ Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/8''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Long Fossilized Ivory
Tuning Machines: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
Bridge & End Pins: Fossilized Ivory w/ Black Dots
Pickguard: Tortoise Color - Beveled & Polished
Retail Price : SGD$5500