Magazine article Guitar Player

Brock Model OM

Magazine article Guitar Player

Brock Model OM

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BROCK JOHNSTON HAS BEEN BUILDING GUITARS SINCE 1981 WITH THE GOAL of creating instruments that combine "immaculate aesthetics with unequaled tonal balance and projection." Based on the classic Martin OM (which made its debut in the late 1920s), Brock's Model OM blends top-notch materials and impeccable construction details in What is a surprisingly affordable contender in the premium market. As such, the Model OM's aesthetic is one of classy, understated elegance, with not a hair out of place anywhere. From the immaculate frets to a sterling interior (where we find parabolic Sitka spruce bracing) to the high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish and curly koa-wood binding, the Model OM delivers exactly what is to be expected from a high-end acoustic guitar. The open-gear Waverly tuners with ivory-colored buttons are a classy touch, and this guitar manages to visually pop without resorting to overblown cosmetics. Heck, the only shell inlay on the entire instrument is the headstock logo.

The Model OM is an absolute joy to play. Its nimble feeling C profile neck makes marathon chording sessions a breeze, and when an acoustic inspires you to simply strum first-position chords, you know you've got a keeper! The edges of the fretboard are super smooth, and the frets are consistent in shape and polished to a nice matte sheen. I found the string spacing to be comfy as heck whether I was finger-picking or flatpicking, as it allowed ample room for my picking hand to operate. The instrument balanced on my lap perfectly, but the tack of an endpin strap button was inconvenient from a gigging perspective. Not a big deal though, since Brock will install one for no extra charge if requested. You probably can't see it from the photo, but there's a clear pickguard to protect the finish in the strum zone.

Sonically, the Model OM emits a hefty amount of volume and punch, albeit in a refined, ultra-musical fashion. …

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