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2004 Merrill OM-28


Soundboard: Adirondack Spruce
Back/Sides: Honduran Rosewood
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony Pyramid
Bracewood: AdirondackSpruce


Body Style: OM
Bracing: Prewar Scalloped
Neck Profile: Vintage Rounded V
Headstock: Traditional Square
Cutaway: None
Scale Length: 25.4"
Frets to Body: 14
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Width at Bridge: 2 3/8"
Body Depth: 4 1/16"


Inlay: Diamond
Headplate: Brazilian
Tuners: Waverly
Binding: Ivoroid
Backstrip: Zig-Zag
Rosette: Line
Purfling: Herringbone
Pickguard: Tortoise style
Nut: Bone
Saddle: Bone
Bridge Pins: Ivoroid
Electronics: None
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Case: Cedar Creek



Jim Merrill has earned an excellent reputation for his vintage guitar recreations. This OM-28 is the finest example of his work that I've heard. The full, rich, dark tone that rosewood enthusiasts go for is definitely here, and the bass response is excellent for a small-bodied instrument. In near mint condition, the only reason you'd know this isn't a brand new Merrill is the very light surface scratches that come from being played with a pick and from simply being taken out of a case. The Adi top has some beautiful silking and the Honduran rosewood used for the back of the guitar has a look that screams pre-war Martin Brazilian - plain, but distinctive in its quartersawn, old growth character. The sides, also Honduran rosewood, have the more distinctive ink lines of the quartersawn Brazilian found on 50's era Martins. You won't find many used Merrills out there, and this seems an especially good one.

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