The C. F. Martin Style 45 DeLuxe Guitar
The 1930 Martin OM-28 and OM-45 DeLuxe
Priced at $225 at it's introduction in 1930, the OM-45 DeLuxe was
Martin's most expensive production guitar, a step above the Style
45, with inlaid pickguard and bridge, and engraved gold tuners with
pearl buttons. Martin carefully selected finer woods and other
materials for their highest quality guitars. The quality of
materials, with perfectly consistent matching pieces of pearl
throughout, is higher on this guitar than on any other Style 42 or 45 I
have seen, from the 19th or 20th Century.
The first example, purchased used by Roy Rogers for $30 during the
Depression, had a somewhat different design on the pickguard.
The DeLuxe was discontinued within a year, after a handful of
individual examples and three batches of three, due to Martin's
inability to source the distinctive DeLuxe parts.
1930 Martin OM-45 DeLuxe
Serial # 44070
This example is one of five known to exist today.
The OM-45 DeLuxe was the only catalogued Martin ever offered with an
inlaid bridge, though these were common on many Chicago guitars.
The OM-45, with it's solid headstock, initiated a
slightly simpler torch design than was seen on previous Style 45 Martin
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