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The Sustainable Wood Series from Martin just continues to impress me. While everyone knows there are certain tried-and-true tone woods (Rosewood, Mahogany, etc.), all the attention for the last 100 years has simply been paid to those woods. As a result, they are scarce, expensive, and a terrible assault on our rain forests all over the world.

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The Sustainable Wood Series from Martin just continues to impress me. While everyone knows there are certain tried-and-true tone woods (Rosewood, Mahogany, etc.), all the attention for the last 100 years has simply been paid to those woods. As a result, they are scarce, expensive, and a terrible assault on our rain forests all over the world. I reviewed a similar cherry Martin a few years ago and was impressed but not floored. The OMC Cherry kicked my face to the cement, gently. Constructed of solid sustainable cherry blocks, this 000-14 cutaway is constructed with beautiful rescued solid Sitka spruce for the top, cherry wings with a maple wedge on the back, cherry sides and a modified low oval cherry neck. The real cherry–no pun…jeez that’s a lame one–is the sound hole ring inlay with cherry leaf patter rosette. I am so tired of over inlayed guitars. They are beautiful, but all of the non-wood elements (inlays, heavy finish and gold appointments) start to make me feel like I’m playing an end table-not a guitar. Those brilliant, eco-friendly innovators at Martin have utilized a cherry leaf pattern for the inlay. A single inlayed leaf also appears on the headstock, as well under the classic Martin & Co. badge.

I believe the OMC is gonna be my acoustic pick of 2008. So far, I can’t think of another acoustic that has impressed me so much in a while. This guitar plays beautifully, and, since it’s a Martin, I’ll bet every guitar I’ve got that it’ll sound better with age.

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