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❌SOLD❌ Martin OMCPA1 LH Left Handed Natural, 2012

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The Martin OMCPA1 LH is a left-handed version of a cutaway, OM body design in the now-discontinued Performing Artist line.  The  designation breaks down as Orchestra Model, Cutaway Performing Artist 1 (the 1 refers to the wood and trim selection), and Left Handed.

The OM or Orchestra Model body design dates to the closing days of 1929 when the great banjoist migration was taking shape as many players shifted to guitar. At the time, most guitars had 12-fret necks. Martin was approached by prominent banjoist and bandleader Perry Bechtel, and to suit his needs modified a 000 body to accommodate a longer scale 14-fret neck. This ‘squared’ the upper bouts and shifted the location of the bridge, and extended the scale length to 25.4 inches. The result was a very even sounding guitar with plenty of volume and projection.

Here we’re looking at a Martin OMCPA1 LH, a cutaway model built during February of 2012 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. It is in overall good, original condition, with just a small dent in the heel. The top is Sitka Spruce, paired with Indian Rosewood for the sides, back, and head plate. Mahogany is used for the body blocks and neck, while the fingerboard and bridge are Ebony. The nut is Bone, and the saddle is Tusq. Tuners are gold-coloured, Martin branded sealed units. As stock, this guitar was fitted with a Fishman F-1 Aura pickup and pre-amp set, with the controls on the upper bass bou, while the 9v battery access is at the tail block – a very sensible place for it.

This example plays well and cleanly, and is one of the few better quality left-handed models we’ve seen lately.

The original Martin hard shell case is included.


Price: $3,295.00 CAD $3,395.00 CAD
  • Model: OM CPA1 LH
  • Year: 2012
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1569878, built during February 2012 in Nazareth PA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Left Handed

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.752lbs 2.16kg
  • Scale Length: 645.16mm 25.4in
  • Nut Width: 45mm 1.77in
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