Martin | OM45K-custom | 1988 | SN:479043
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- Year: 1988
- Serial #: 34273
- Back/Sides Wood: Koa
- Top Wood: Koa
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Fret Markers: Dots
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Body, Fingerboard and Heastock Bindings: Tortoise
- Top, side and back Trim: Abalone purfling
- Backstrip: pinback style
- Rosette: 45 style
- Body style 14 fret OM.
This gorgeous OM45 koa is a really example of what the Martin custom shop can do! This was clearly a special order, as Dick Boak specifically hand delivered to the instrument to the owner. It is also somewhat unusual in that it has a 45 style pearly purfling with tortoise bindings, which I think is a nice touch. Also, the bridge plate is the small maple version, rather than the larger rosewood ones which were the norm for this period (if I remember correctly!)
Pictures kind courtesy of Big Jim’s Guitars.
©2009 Terence Tan.
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