OMC-21 Custom Shop Juber
This is #9 of a first-batch run of 10 (I think). Full build sheet and photos here. Juber discusses the tonewoods here. Highlights from the MFG blurb:
Old School Meets Modern In A Limited “Dealer” Edition Signature Model. Fingerstyle guitarist Laurence Juber has chosen a style 21 for the latest interpretation of his signature OM specification, as crafted by the Martin Custom Shop. The result is a fusion of vintage C.F. Martin tone and appointments with a dynamic, modern, high-performance Orchestra Model 6-string. The edition of 21 special instruments is being offered as a collaboration between Laurence Juber and My Favorite Guitars in Naples, FL (www.myfavoriteguitars.com). Quietly appreciated by Martin aficionados as the unsung link between styles 18 and 28, the style 21 is traditionally a rosewood instrument and this OM model features Guatemalan rosewood for the back and sides. A refined Central American tonewood, Dalbergia tucurensis, it is a close sonic relative of the coveted, but endangered, Brazilian rosewood, Dalbergia nigra. The Madagascar rosewood binding and headstock overlay subtly accentuate the richness of the body's wood grain, warmly outlining the untinted, close-grained, High Alpine Swiss spruce top, cut on the waning moon in the centuries-old tradition of European luthiers. All-hide glue construction, thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish, tapered headstock and forward-shifted, scalloped X braces are consistent with Martin's old-school methods, while the 2 1/4" string spacing at the bridge/12th fret, elegant Venetian cutaway and shallow V neck profile, reflect a 21st century performance sensibility.
The tone is pretty exceptional, esp. in DADGAD, though quite distinct from my Madagascar/Adirondack OM-28 and Brazilian/EuroSpruce Santa Cruz OM. I'll post recordings when I get around to that. The video from the MFG site does *not* convey the acoustic tone, recording is heavy on the UST that is part of LJ's live setup.
edit: added photos from my phone camera (note I swapped out the dark ebony pins for white plastic temporarily as they fit better).
Last Edited By: jjrubin 01/21/17 2:48 PM. Edited 1 time.