Since most Martin guitars produced between the early 1930s and WWII have become virtually unaffordable in modern times, Martin decided to offer a line of guitars that would faithfully reproduce those specifications. Golden Era guitars feature all Golden Era appointments including Brazilian rosewood.
The first Golden Era instrument was the D-18 and it appeared in 1995. Marquis models appeared in the mid-2000s and they are very similar to the Golden Era models, except they use East Indian rosewood instead of the pricy Brazilian rosewood. Since Brazilian rosewood is so hard to find, they discontinued many of the Golden Era models that used Brazilian and replaced them with Marquis models in the mid-2000s.
So the Golden Era guitars preceded Martin’s Marquis and Authentic lines, and were built with the cream of the crop Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce, braced like the 30s pre-war Martins, and here outfitted with 45-style appointments and a natural top.
Styled after the 1933 OM-45, the OM (000 size) body and sides are select Brazilian rosewood, Adirondack spruce top with 1/4" scalloped Adirondack braces, linen side reinforcing strips, ivoroid binding, highly coloured abalone trim around back, sides & top - including fingerboard extension.
It has an abalone rosette, old style 45 back strip, modified V-shape neck (1 3/4" nut, 2 3/8" string spacing at bridge, 25.4" scale), bound ebony fretboard with Golden Era 45-style snowflake inlays & tortoise side dots, tapered & squared bound headstock with C.F. Martin in block letter inlay.
Fossil ivory nut & long saddle, fossil ivory bridge & endpins with black pearl dots, vintage toner finish, tortoise pickguard, Waverly gold vintage style gears.
Specs from Martin –
Model: OM-45GE 1933
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-14 Fret
Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
Rosette: Style 45
Top Bracing Pattern: OM
Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce/ Scalloped 1/4'' Golden Era
Back Material: Solid Brazilian Rosewood (Sitka Golden Era Style Back Braces)
Back Purfling: Style 45 Golden Era
Side Material: Solid Brazilian Rosewood
Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Wood Fibre Mitred
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style: Abalone Pearl with Black/Maple/Black Fibre Inlays
Side Inlay: Abalone Pearl with Black/Maple/Black Fibre Inlays
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4
Number of Frets Clear: 14
Number of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 3/4''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/4''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Golden Era D-45 Snowflake
Fingerboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid/Mitred
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss/ Dark Filler
Finish Top: Polished Gloss/ Vintage Toner
Finish Neck: Polished Gloss/ Dark Mahogany Stain/Dark Filler
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: 1930 Style Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2 3/8''
Saddle: Long Saddle/Fossil Ivory
It is obvious at the first note that this OM-45 has a special brand of tone. Excellent string balance, with the uppers clear and present without dominating the voice. Excels in both Standard and D tunings. Plays easily, hangs in the air an extra moment or two, and it looks like a dream come true.
This Martin is one of the prettiest we’ve seen, and the tone is simply magical. The forward-shifted bracing, Adirondack Spruce, and Brazilian Rosewood really harken back to the holy grail guitars of the 1920s and 30s. This guitar sounds mature and has real character. It’s also powerful and delivers a bigger sound that you might expect from an OM body.
These Golden Era Martins were built in extremely limited numbers and almost never come up for sale, particularly in Australia.
This one is in perfect unchanged condition, with no evidence of player wear apart from some very light swirling on the pickguard. It is an exquisite instrument in every way.
Comes in its Martin hard shell case in new condition.