Martin's Standard Series OM-21 model has been one of Gryphon's favorite "non-dreadnoughts" since it was introduced in the early 1990s as it offers players the OM features important to sound and playability but for a lot less $$$ than an OM-28. The 1 3/4" wide neck gives the fingers of your left hand more room, plus the long 25.4" scale means you get more bass and power than with a typical short scale 000, plus the option of using lower tunings without losing tone to floppy bass strings. In 2018 Martin gave the OM-21 some critical upgrades, making the differences between the Style 21 and Style 28 versions purely cosmetic. Along with forward-shifted scalloped X bracing and an ebony fretboard and bridge, this model now has vintage-style open back tuners plus faux tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Oh, and a nicer case. This example has the dark mid-1930s sunburst.

stock no. 55873

ModelOM-21 1935 Sunburst
TopSitka spruce
Back and sidesEast Indian Rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge spacing2 5/32"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialSelect Hardwood
CaseOrig. Hard
BindingBrown Faux Tortoise
InlayMother of Pearl
Neck profileModified low oval profile w/ performing artist taper
RosetteStyle 28
Total frets20
TunersNickel Open Gear
FinishPolished gloss, aging toner on top
Serial No2263270
BracingX Brace, Scalloped, Sitka Spruce, Sitka Spruce