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Established in the 1830s, Martin & Co. more or less invented the steel-strung guitar for the modern world. Martin guitars have a unique, piano-like tone revered by musicians and music lovers all over the world. The build quality and materials employed in the construction greatly contribute to the complexity and richness of that tone.

Martin’s X series, X meaning made in Mexico, brings the high-quality tonal character and feel to the entry-level and intermediate player. Proof that high build quality is achievable at an affordable price.

Martin & Co. introduced the Orchestra model in 1929. Built at the request of bandleader Perry Bechtel, the Orchestra (then called a 000-28 special) introduced several key guitar features that would become standard. A 14 fret body, a solid headstock with banjo tuners similar to modern tuners rather than classical tuners, a slimmer neck and a scratchplate. Since the 000 model of the time had a long scale, so did (and does) the OM.

The Orchestra body shape favours a bass dominant tonal distribution which opens a huge dynamic range to the player, who can move from a lightly picked whisper to a full, open-throated roar. The nut width is a broad 1 and ¾ inches, allowing a little more space for fingering and picking. The scale length is 25.4 inches. This is called ‘long scale’. Long scale lengths cause the strings to be held under a higher tension at concert pitch. This means a louder, more powerful sound, fizzing with harmonic overtones.

X series Martin guitars utilise high-pressure laminate (HPL) woods for the back and sides (and for the tops of X1 instruments). HPL provides a stable material with which to construct a guitar body and offer the instrument at an attractive price. X1 series models have HPL tops as well.**

The OMC-X1E features black effect top, back and sides. The Satin finish is smooth and has a matt texture. It is smart, durable and easy to maintain.

X Series guitars are fitted with Fishman MX electronics. The MX system includes volume and tone controls on the preamp inside the soundhole of the guitar. This guitar comes supplied with a durable and water-resistant gig bag with headstock, bridge, and endpin protectors to ensure that this guitar can be kept safe and dry whilst travelling.

For users that require all the great features of the X series and some choice upgrades such as all solid wood construction, the addition of an inbuilt soundhole tuner to the preamp and a more premium case, check out Martin and Co’s OMC 15ME.

  • OMC-X1E Black
  • Specifications Overview
  • BODY SIZE:
  • 000-14 Fret Cutaway
  • FINISH TOP:
  • None
  • CONSTRUCTION:
  • Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
  • BACK & SIDE FINISH:
  • None
  • BRACING PATTERN:
  • X-Brace
  • SCALE LENGTH:
  • 25.4"
  • BRACE SHAPE:
  • Scalloped
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT:
  • 1 3/4''
  • TOP MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • NECK SHAPE:
  • Performing Artist
  • BACK MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • NECK TAPER:
  • High-Performance Taper
  • SIDE MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • ELECTRONICS:
  • Fishman® MX
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS:
  • Top
  • TOP COLOR:
  • None
  • BRIDGE STYLE:
  • Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
  • BINDING:
  • None
  • BRIDGE STRING SPACING:
  • 2 5/32"
  • TOP INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL:
  • FSC® Certified Richlite®
  • TOP DETAIL:
  • Jett Black
  • BRIDGE PIN MATERIAL:
  • Black Plastic
  • PICKGUARD:
  • None
  • BRIDGE PIN DOTS:
  • White Plastic
  • PICKGUARD INLAY:
  • None
  • SADDLE:
  • Compensated Black Tusq
  • ROSETTE:
  • Herringbone Ink
  • SADDLE RADIUS:
  • 16"
  • Body
  • BRACE MATERIAL:
  • Sitka Spruce
  • BACK & SIDES COLOR:
  • None
  • BRACE SIZE:
  • 5/16"
  • BACK DETAIL:
  • Jett Black
  • BACK PURFLING/STRIP:
  • None
  • BACK INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • HEELCAP:
  • Black
  • SIDE DETAIL:
  • Jett Black
  • ENDPIECE:
  • None
  • SIDE INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • ENDPIECE INLAY:
  • None
  • Neck
  • NECK MATERIAL:
  • Black Birch Laminate
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL:
  • FSC® Certified Richlite®
  • FINISH NECK:
  • Hand-Rubbed
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET:
  • 2 1/8''
  • NECK COLOR:
  • None
  • FINGERBOARD INLAY STYLE:
  • Style 28
  • NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL:
  • 20
  • FINGERBOARD INLAY MATERIAL:
  • Mother-of-Pearl Pattern
  • NECK JOINS BODY AT:
  • 14th Fret
  • FINGERBOARD BINDING MATERIAL:
  • None
  • SIDE DOTS:
  • White
  • Headstock
  • HEADSTOCK SHAPE:
  • Solid with Standard Taper
  • TUNING MACHINES:
  • Chrome Enclosed Gear
  • HEADPLATE MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • KNOB:
  • Small
  • HEADPLATE LOGO STYLE:
  • Script Ink
  • NUT MATERIAL:
  • Black Corian
  • HEADPLATE BINDING MATERIAL:
  • None
  • Misc
  • CASE:
  • Soft Gig Bag
  • LEFT HANDED AVAILABILITY:
  • Yes
  • LABEL:
  • Paper Label
  • PLEKED:
  • No
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  • OMC-X1E BlackHover to Zoom
  • Specifications Overview
  • BODY SIZE:
  • 000-14 Fret Cutaway
  • FINISH TOP:
  • None
  • CONSTRUCTION:
  • Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
  • BACK & SIDE FINISH:
  • None
  • BRACING PATTERN:
  • X-Brace
  • SCALE LENGTH:
  • 25.4"
  • BRACE SHAPE:
  • Scalloped
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT:
  • 1 3/4''
  • TOP MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • NECK SHAPE:
  • Performing Artist
  • BACK MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • NECK TAPER:
  • High-Performance Taper
  • SIDE MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • ELECTRONICS:
  • Fishman® MX
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS:
  • Top
  • TOP COLOR:
  • None
  • BRIDGE STYLE:
  • Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
  • BINDING:
  • None
  • BRIDGE STRING SPACING:
  • 2 5/32"
  • TOP INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL:
  • FSC® Certified Richlite®
  • TOP DETAIL:
  • Jett Black
  • BRIDGE PIN MATERIAL:
  • Black Plastic
  • PICKGUARD:
  • None
  • BRIDGE PIN DOTS:
  • White Plastic
  • PICKGUARD INLAY:
  • None
  • SADDLE:
  • Compensated Black Tusq
  • ROSETTE:
  • Herringbone Ink
  • SADDLE RADIUS:
  • 16"
  • Body
  • BRACE MATERIAL:
  • Sitka Spruce
  • BACK & SIDES COLOR:
  • None
  • BRACE SIZE:
  • 5/16"
  • BACK DETAIL:
  • Jett Black
  • BACK PURFLING/STRIP:
  • None
  • BACK INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • HEELCAP:
  • Black
  • SIDE DETAIL:
  • Jett Black
  • ENDPIECE:
  • None
  • SIDE INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • ENDPIECE INLAY:
  • None
  • Neck
  • NECK MATERIAL:
  • Black Birch Laminate
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL:
  • FSC® Certified Richlite®
  • FINISH NECK:
  • Hand-Rubbed
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET:
  • 2 1/8''
  • NECK COLOR:
  • None
  • FINGERBOARD INLAY STYLE:
  • Style 28
  • NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL:
  • 20
  • FINGERBOARD INLAY MATERIAL:
  • Mother-of-Pearl Pattern
  • NECK JOINS BODY AT:
  • 14th Fret
  • FINGERBOARD BINDING MATERIAL:
  • None
  • SIDE DOTS:
  • White
  • Headstock
  • HEADSTOCK SHAPE:
  • Solid with Standard Taper
  • TUNING MACHINES:
  • Chrome Enclosed Gear
  • HEADPLATE MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • KNOB:
  • Small
  • HEADPLATE LOGO STYLE:
  • Script Ink
  • NUT MATERIAL:
  • Black Corian
  • HEADPLATE BINDING MATERIAL:
  • None
  • Misc
  • CASE:
  • Soft Gig Bag
  • LEFT HANDED AVAILABILITY:
  • Yes
  • LABEL:
  • Paper Label
  • PLEKED:
  • No
  • CLOSE FULL SPECIFICATIONS

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