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C.F. Martin collection a benchmark a long time back for acoustics, and also they pretty much very own the dreamscape of the aspiring guitarist. My dad bought me a Martin D-28 when I was still in junior high school, whetting the appetite for high-quality guitars that landed me in PG heaven. The other thing about me that’s relevant right here is that I have been a passionate tree-hugger for at least as lengthy as I’ve been a connoisseur of things made from them, so as soon as Martin introduced their Sustainable Wood series, I paid attention. Cherry, Katalox and...Diaperlumber...? The guitar we obtained to review is an OM, which is a dimension and shape I love. The neck and also back are made of sustainably grown cherry hardwood, while the fretboard and also bridge are made from a freshly found timber from Central America called katalox. Ranging from brown to dark purple, it’s extremely dense, and also takes a high polish exceptionally well. Katalox is not hugely numerous, however I like it much better than rosewood for a fretboard, so I’m hoping that it gets targeted for more cultivation. The fretboard width is 1.75", which renders this guitar a fingerstyle machine. The peak is great old Sitka spruce, however with a twist. The supplier that Martin gets their tops from discovered a pulp mill that was grinding up Sitka spruce logs to a fine powder and making diapers from them. The supplier taught the company to determine the kind of grain that Martin desires for tops and made arrangements to rescue those logs, which Martin jokingly calls “diaperhardwood.” According to Dick Boak, Director of Artist and also Limited Editions at Martin, it’s not Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified Sitka, but given that they’re rescuing it from a fate worse than fatality, they’ve liked to incorporate it in their Sustainable Wood Series. The look of this design is very clean and basic, with gold Gotoh tuners, and cellushed nitrate red tortoise binding and heel cap; the headstock is challenged with tortoise with the Martin logo in raised gold. The babsence molded Martin case is nice and light, and I’m a fan of light. The plush inner is, accordingly sufficient, woodland green. That Martin Sound The SWOMGT has the Martin sound, no doubt. There’s an edge to it, so you recognize this guitar is gonna cut through a mix without any kind of trouble, yet the bottom finish is a lot much less boomy than the typical Martin. It can ssuggest be that this guitar is very new and demands some playing in, or it can be a nod to what seems to be a brand-new convention in acoustic guitar construction— amp-friendly mid-to-high finish with the lows quarantined to save the feedago monsters at bay. I struggled a bit with it at first, finding it as well basic to overplay to try to get more red meat out of the sound. I’ve had actually cherry guitars prior to that didn’t lack for bottom finish, so I need to think it’s intentional. The one time I don’t have actually a spare pickup laying around… let me just say “argh” and also relocate on. It records great—as you have the right to plainly hear on the brand-new opening tag for our acoustic videos on honeychrome.net. The SWOMGT doesn’t lack for punch. Strummed, it’s a little cannon, right for DADGAD rhythm playing, and also capo’d at the fifth fret it holds up exceptionally well with extremely bit loss in volume or punchiness. But fingerstyle is what this beastie is intended for. I understand that you can’t hear just how comfortable this guitar is to play, or how nice it is to have that wide fretboard and string spacing, or just how sweetly the guitar snuggles into your arms like it was intended to be there—however that’s the OM point, and also this baby’s acquired it. The Final Mojo Honestly, I think the Martin SWOMGT eats the lunch of also other Martins in this price range. Local retailers might need a little encouragement to begin stocking them, however once they gain into the hands of the players, they won’t require any type of more encouragement. If you’re looking at buying a guitar of this top quality, why not buy one that makes the people a greener place? Your guitar dreams will certainly be sweeter for it.

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