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reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Mar 5th, 2019 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Got another one incoming - 2004 OM-21. Been on Reverb for a long time, and the price was right...have been talking to the seller for several months about it, and he has plenty of 5 star feedback, so I think it's a good deal.

Was supposed to arrive tomorrow, with weather looks like it will arrive Thursday (when I have to go out of town for an afternoon / late night meeting - ugh!)

Looking forward to hearing how "broken in" this little box sounds - and will compare it to my '92 Larrivee OM-05 - which is hog; the OM-21 is rosewood.

Photo from seller

hushnel
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North Florida

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Mar 5th, 2019 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I bet it sounds good. I like the balanced tone of smaller guitars, volume is over rated “o).

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Mar 5th, 2019 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Exquisite is the word that comes to mind.

Way to go!

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Idaho, USA

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Mar 5th, 2019 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looks nice. While I think I'm done buying guitars, I sure like seeing what others buy!

jefe46
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Mar 5th, 2019 06:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of the best guitars ever produced by Martin.
However, it would take me about a nano second to replace the abbreviated pickguard with a traditional manly unit. A Greven would do, fits a 000, same body.

PS the Larrivee 05 series is my favorite unit they made.

(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 08:53 PM, Mar 5th, 2019)

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Mar 7th, 2019 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shared this info in the Lefty Forum, but thought I ought to also share it here, for those of you who (think you) are "normal" ... ;^)

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The Martin OM-21 arrived early yesterday morning, but since it was so cold out - wait... wait... wait... argh!!!

Finally opened the case late yesterday afternoon and tuned her up. First thing I noticed: she had strings from at least two different sets on her! The G string was 80/20 bronze, the rest of the wounds were PB; the B (or E?) was gold plated while the other was the standard silver color.

First task last night after Ash Wednesday service: string change and clean up (some light fingerprints here and there). Loosened the strings and the nut came loose, too!

So a couple drops of super glue and a string change later (along with lowering the E and B nut slots some), and I played her a little... I know we've had the discussion around here about whether or not guitars "wake up," but this one did!

Maybe it was just the new strings settling in, but I don't think this guitar has been played for a while (he had it listed on Reverb for 11 months). So I do think it woke up a little from a looooong winter's nap.

It took about an hour of playing, setting her down, picking up another acoustic for comparison, then playing her some more. By bedtime, she was starting to sound pretty darn good. This morning when I picked her up and played her (after she'd been hanging in my humidified office all night with the other acoustics) she sounded even better.

Nice little 2004-ish OM-21 (S.N. 995xxx) She sounds very different from my Larrivee OM-05 (Sitka / Hog), so they both have their place.

Pics or it didn't happen! (More in profile)

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Idaho, USA

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Mar 7th, 2019 11:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice! :o)

hushnel
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North Florida

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Mar 7th, 2019 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow, sweet guitar.

On my two hogs, the 000-15s and the 00-15 I pulled the pickguards off. I can’t strum becuse of the paralyses and fused radial head of my right arm so pick rash ain’t a problem.

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Mar 7th, 2019 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had barely moved to Oregon, furniture wasn't here yet. There was a OM-21 on Craigslist for a very good price. I passed on it, been kicking myself about that for 7 years.

Great guitars, you did well.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Mar 7th, 2019 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pretty top!

thumbpicker
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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Apr 14th, 2019 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

What I like about a smaller body guitar is the snappy response. They generally have an immediate quick response to any thing you do. Some larger body guitars don't and it's not a delay but more a feel they give you as they're played.

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