Gryphon sold this Borges OMC when new in 2001, the first of many guitars by Julius Borges that we sold in the following years. At the time he was just winding down his tenure building Schoenberg guitars and this model certainly shows the influence of those Soloist models. The cutaway OM was quickly becoming a standard of sorts for the fingerstyle guitarist, especially when Martin offered their first Laurence Juber model the following year. It's easy to see why these Borges OMC models were popular, for they combine the light construction and thin finish of vintage Martins with a cutaway and a contemporary neck profile, inviting full use of the fretboard when the player wants to stretch beyond the 14th fret.
This example hasn't seen much use, probably because it was part of a large collection. It has the clarity and balance that's often needed for demanding arrangements, but it also has that rosewood warmth for playing chords or backing a vocalist. The condition is about as close to perfect as a 20 years-old acoustic can get, with only the slightest small signs of handling and almost zero fret wear. What it could probably use is some time vibrating from being played. The original hardshell case is included.