|Comments||The OM, or Orchestra Model, body size was introduced by Martin in 1929, at the request of Perry Bechtel, then a noted plectrum banjo player. To help Bechtel move from the banjo to guitar, Martin coupled a full scale guitar neck with a smaller body and narrower neck, and adjusted the geometry to allow 14 frets clear of the body.
The result was successful, providing a very even tonal response and full volume. Though often considered a ‘fingerstyle’ guitar because of the body size, it actually works well being strummed vigorously with a pick, as was the original intention.
Many guitar builders have produced versions of the OM body, including Larrivee. The OM-05 model uses mahogany for the neck, back and sides and Canadian Sitka Spruce for the top. This 2009 Larrivee OM-05 sounds great, and is in overally very good condition with just a few small dings.
|Serial Number||90147, built during 2009 at the Larrivee shop.|
|Pricing||$1,300.00 CAD with original hardshell case.|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with bound ebony fingerboard. Microdot position markers, Mother of Pearl Larrivee logo and sterling silver headstock border. 25.5 inch scale length, 1.75 inch nut width.|
|Frets||Very minor wear on original frets|
|Body||OM-style body, with Sitka spruce top and bracing, mahogany back and sides. Abalone rosette. In very good shape but there are a couple of small dings on the back and top.|
|Finish||Gloss natural finish in good condition.|
|Hardware/electronics||Original hardware, with LR Baggs Lyric system installed. TUSQ nut and saddle.|
|Playability/Action||Plays very nicely, and the OM size body is very comfortable.|
|Case||Original hardshell case included.|
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