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Where do I begin describing the OM/D? A simple idea brought
forth by my friend and guitar playing and repair colleague, Bryan Kimsey.
Bryan's idea was simply for me to build a OM sized guitar, specifically for
flatpicking and Bluegrass players. He suggested softening the curves of the
waist and upper bout to make it appear more dreadnought-like at the same
time. After hacking up a perfectly good prototype while testing many ideas
and directions, the end results are what we all know today as the "OM/D"!
Today, my biggest, most popular seller, and for good reasons; as powerful as
my Dreadnoughts, yet often with even more projection, while retaining the
fast, instant response of a smaller bodied guitar. A true "banjo killer" if
there ever was one! And of course, all the comfort of an OM! We didn't add
depth to the sides, which would make the guitar feel like a larger bodied
guitar; the softened waist and upper bout area does add some internal
volume, but this guitar's voice comes mainly from its carbon fiber and
spruce laminated bracing, the shape and pattern of which has been arrived at
by careful engineering and much R&D work by Bryan and myself. Pictured below
is a red spruce topped, Cocobolo OM/D, but as always, endless wood
combinations and models are always available.