By Barry Cleveland As abundantly illustrated in Dick Boak’s new book Martin Guitar Masterpieces: A Showcase of Artist’s Editions, Limited Editions, and Custom Guitars, C.F. Martin has produced scores of special guitars for artists throughout the company’s long history. From creating custom instruments as far back as the early 19th Century, to the founding of its official Custom Shop in 1979, Martin has reached out to players who wanted something that either wasn’t available in stock models, or who had advanced sufficiently in their artistic endeavors to warrant a Signature guitar. The OM-28 John Mayer Signature Model ($4,499 retail/$3,599 MAP) is based largely on the Vintage Series OM-28V and shares that instrument’s long 25.4"-scale, low-profile solid-mahogany 14-fret neck, 000 body size, and scalloped top bracing. A thoroughly modern addition is the Fishman/ Martin Gold+Plus Natural I under-saddle active pickup system. The Mayer sports an Englemann spruce top with “bold herringbone” wood inlay,
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