OM & 14 Fret 000


Preston Thompson OM and 14 fret 000 guitars look just about identical and share many similar qualities, including superb responsiveness and a lovely sweetness in tone. The relatively slimmer body depth gives players a quickness to the sound delivered while also delivering the string to string and bass to treble balance these models are renowned for.

The difference between an OM and the 14 fret 000 is scale length. The OM (Orchestra Model) has a longer 25.4” scale length, the same scale length as dreadnought guitars. The 14 fret 000 has the shorter 24.9” scale length. This subtle difference accounts for the unique qualities of each model. The longer OM scale length generally gives these instruments a little more punch and volume, making the OM perfect for players that both flat pick and fingerpick. The 14 Fret 000, with its shorter scale length, is perfect for finger style pickers and blues players. Because the string tension is slightly less, certain techniques like bending strings and blues style riffs are often enhanced.

Both models feature Red spruce (Adirondack) tops, (Lutz spruce and European spruce are also available), chosen for tap tone and stiffness, advanced X brace placement, hand graduated top thickness, pre-war hand carved scalloped braces, nitro-cellulose lacquer finishes and time tested design features such as dovetail neck joints.

In their March 2015 edition, Acoustic Guitar Magazine reviewed one of our ‘Shipwreck’ Brazilian Rosewood OM guitars. “With its powerful and immediate voice, deep resonance, and protracted sustain, Thompson’s OM Brazilian model is the sort of magical guitar that one seldom encounters, especially in a newly built instrument. It’s made from that most venerated combination of tonewoods: a soundboard of Adirondack spruce paired with Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The result is a note-perfect recreation of a golden-era flattop.” Read the full story here: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Thompson-OM-Brazilian

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Tops

  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Lutz Spruce
  • Engleman Spruce
  • European Spruce
  • Mahogany
  • Port Orford Cedar
  • Koa

Back and Sides

  • Shipwreck/Salvaged Brazilian
  • 5A Brazilian
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Panama Rosewood
  • Mahogany
  • Oregon Myrtlewood
  • Maple
  • Koa
  • Cuban Mahogany

Headstock

  • Solid (paddle)
  • Slotted (non 12 Fret)
  • Torch Inlay
  • Vega Style Inlay
  • Custom Inlays
  • Bound Headstock
  • Back Overlay

Neck Profiles

  • Nut: 1 11/16”, 1 23/32”, 1 ¾”, 1 13/16”
  • 12th Fret: 2 1/8” or 2 ¼”
  • Soft V Neck Shape
  • Vintage V Neck Shape
  • Vintage C Neck Shape

Fingerboard

  • Fingerboard Binding – Ivoroid, Tortoise Shell or Wood
  • Diamonds and Squares
  • Snowflake Inlay (45 Style)
  • Mystic Snowflakes
  • 1930’s Style Dots
  • Custom Inlays

Bridge

  • Belly Bridge
  • Inlaid Belly Bridge with Snowflake
  • Old Style Rectangle
  • Pyramid Bridge
  • Drop in Saddle
  • Through Saddle

Bridge Pins

  • Ivoroid Pins
  • Bone Pins
  • Ebony Pins
  • Various Dot Inlays

Rosettes

  • Abalone 3 ring
  • Abalone single ring
  • 3 Ring 28 Style
  • 3 Ring 18 Style
  • Custom Rosette

Binding and Trim

  • Grained Ivoroid
  • Tortoise Celluloid
  • Wood Binding/Purfling
  • Herringbone Purfling
  • BWBW Purfling
  • Custom Rope Purfling

Back Strips

  • Ebony Backstrip
  • Zig Zag Backstrip
  • Chevron Backstrip
  • Multi-Colored Backstrip

Pick Guard

  • Tortoise Pick Guard
  • Greven Pick Guard

Bracing

  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Tongue Brace

Tuners

  • Nickel Waverly
  • Gold Waverly
  • 3-on-a-plate Bronze
  • Waverly Slothead
  • Ivoroid Buttons
  • Ebony Buttons
  • Relic Waverly

Finish

  • Gloss Nitro-Cellulose
  • Satin Nitro-Cellulose
  • Sunburst Top
  • Shaded/Toner Top
  • Custom Color Options
  • Stressed Sunburst

Tracking

  • Built in Tracking Chip
  • Built in Identity Chip


*This is a partial list of options available. Just about any custom option may be possible. Not all options are available for all models. Please contact us to discuss your choices.


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Prices vary depending upon appointments:

  • Mahogany back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $4,875
  • East Indian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $5,845
  • Figured Walnut back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $6,245
  • Other Exotic Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $6,495
  • 5A Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $11,275
  • Shipwreck/Salvaged Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Contact Us

*This is a partial list of wood options available. View our Model Style Guide for the complete list or contact us to discuss your choices.