Laurence Juber has a long history of collaboration with Martin Guitars. He?s done many versions of this OM with them, starting with rosewood and mahogany versions. He?s not hands-off; he?s been known to go to the Martin factory in Nazareth and choose the woods for his signature models. This koa OMC is one example?we?ve never seen more beautiful mahogany on a neck, and the koa has a beautiful flame. We also know that Laurence will choose a top that may not be cosmetically perfect if it has the right ?tap? resonance. In an edition this small?only 25 custom guitars?the choices can be made and the results will tell. This guitar has tone with a fullness and roundness that sounds and feels right. The mids are plummy, and the trebles sing, while the bass anchors any kind line you might wish to play. We?ve carried many of his Martins over the years. They all reach for a high bar?and this one surpasses even that.