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Guitar test - OM28 Marquis

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Continuing the journey through wonderful instruments in a local music store.
This one, the Martin OM28 Marquis, resides among Martins top level issues (we are now on a list price over $5000).

- Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
- Back and side material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Martins list price: $5299.00
- Martins presentation: http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=m&m=OM-28%20Marquis

My impression:

- This specific guitar had a too low action for the style of playing I do here. You hear the strings rattle against the fretborad. I think though that this is a guitar suited for more delicate playing than I do here.

- The sound of this one does not impress me as much as I would expect from its price. Well, it is a very good guitar no doubt, but so is the price. As a comparison, the likely prised Martin Crosby, Stills and Nash; Gerry Tolman Tribute Edition, which I also tested and which I will post samle of later, was way more fascinating and inspiring to me. But don't take my word too far. It may be that I'm a sucker for dreadnought guitars, and this one isn't. It may also be that this one has hardly been played and things like that - I don't know her history since she was in a music store. And maybe I don't give her justice with my style of play.


Comment on the recordings:

- I have given no sound correction whatsoever to the recording. No EQ, nothing, just as the Zoom took it. I didn't think it was needed. The guitar is very balanced in that respect.


Coming later; the other guitars that I recorded, and that I will later post sound samples of are:

Martin 000-28EC (one of the Eric Clapton editions)
Martin CSN (Gerry Tolman Tribute Edition)
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Feter said 3623 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Guitar test - OM28 Marquis
Hmmm ... there s a stamp of Martin guitar here ..
but with mid treble muted here that wont sustain
longer the bass tones are deaf here I dont want ..
your describtion gives an idea of not easy
action as well ? ....thnx alot for sharin !!!!
to be hard on the guitar ...but the one you recorded
was much wider and sounds like a bigger sound box

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guitapick said 3623 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
...the E string's definitely buzzing. Seems like more of a strumming guitar, the way it's set up. I like it's percussive quality. And your playing, of course...nice pickin'.
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Ed Hannifin said 3623 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Whatever guitar you pick up...
...sounds like you, even though there may be different flavors of you...

You're getting a great sound from the combination of this guitar, your fingers, and the H2.... Very natural.... Full without being boomy... Reminds me of a Bruce Cockburn piece, and it's going to bug me until I figure it out....

Thanks for posting these, Johannes, I'm really enjoying them...

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composerclark said 3622 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
As Ed said, very natural sound, well balanced, although maybe not as full a sound as some might like (like me, for instance!). But a very pretty sound for sure. As you know, a guitar's action can be adjusted to suit your own particular style of playing, so the fret buzzes aren't necessarily problematic. I'm looking forward to hearing your next guitar sample!

BTW, the music is very nice, as always!
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Moviz said 3622 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
or not, who really cares when they're listening to someone this good playing? Not me! Fantastic, regards M
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said 3622 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
is low, but a great tone....

. - Harold

PS: loved this little piece you played....
Roxylee said 3618 days ago (August 19th, 2009)
Well, Cori
You could play a $20 guitar and make it sound great. This one may cost 5G, but you're right, the action is too low and produces a buzzy low e. Thanks for the guitar tests. Now I feel better about having a cheap guitar.:-)
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