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McAlister OM-45

(Serial #: 291 Dated, September, 2010)

Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce

This is a lightly played 1-owner guitar built in 2010 by master luthier, Roy McAlister. It is superb looking, playing and sounding. $8,995.00


  • Body - Brazilian rosewood
  • Top - Adirondack Spruce
  • Neck - Mahogany
  • Fingerboard & Bridge - Ebony
  • Dimensions:
  • Body width at lower bout: 15"
  • Body depth: 3 1/4"-4" at endpin
  • Scale Length - 25.4" (Long scale)
  • Nut Width - 1&3/4"
  • Spacing @ Bridge - 2&1/4"
  • Case - Ameritage

Notes: David Crosby plays one. And bandmate Graham Nash. Don't forget Jackson Browne, Robbie Fulks, Rick Ruskin and a host of other steel string luminaries. And you can too, if you're fast. And lucky.

Master luthier Roy McAlister's bespoke instruments have graced concert stages worldwide for over three decades. While prototyping top-line models at Santa Cruz Guitars, including the Smeck and Baritone models, McAlister had his guitars singled out by Crosby as the very picks of the litter. Working independently since then, Roy handcrafts a dozen or so ultra-premium instruments a year to custom order from his workshop in tranquil Gig Harbor, WA, at the south end of Puget Sound.

McAlister's OM-45 model is a meticulous tribute to Martin's top-of-the line Orchestra Model, their first long scale, 14 fret guitar. Introduced in 1930, the OM-45 was Martin's most costly offering to that date, with a mere 40 examples produced in an abbreviated production run of just four years.

McAlister's contemporary version is scrupulously faithful in design and materials to the fabled originals. With an X-braced soundboard of clear, quartersawn Adirondack spruce, and a body of old-growth Brazilian Rosewood, the McAlister OM-45 is vintage correct right down to the snowflake inlay, small tortoise guard, grained ivoroid binding, and lustrous abalone torch and purfling.

In 100% original condition, this stunning guitar is free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and shows gleaming, brightly polished fretwork. At a mere 4lb 10oz, the instrument is notably lightweight and well balanced, in the lap or on the strap. The voice is clear and open, with excellent detail, separation and sustain. Sensitive and resonant, this versatile wonder responds nimbly to either finger or pick style play. Action is smooth and low over a generous 1 3/4" ebony fingerboard on an elegant, gentle C profile neck, with a fresh high-precision setup.

With prewar Martin examples at this writing topping a quarter million dollars or more, a few stubborn players still unaccountably prefer to remain on the sidelines of the feeding frenzy. If you suspect you may be one of them, we present for your consideration this splendid instrument, at a price that is somewhat more sensible. Fitted in its opulent tan Ameritage hardshell case, complete with hygrometer and original paperwork, this McAlister OM-45 is a rare masterwork from one of America's premier builders. Jump the wait list: one only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter strings, according to preference. Action is set to 4-5/64" at the 12th fret, with light neck relief.

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Propsom Grand Parlor (0-size) Acoustic Guitar

This is a small-bodied guitar with a huge sound. It looks & plays great. Comes with hard shell case and lifetime warranty from the builder. $4600.00 + shipping/insurance


  • Top Port Orford Cedar
  • Back Leopardwood/Australian Lacewood
  • Sides Leopardwood (double side construction)
  • Neck Honduras Mahogany
  • Bridge Ebony
  • Binding East India Rosewood
  • B/S Purfling Holly
  • Top Purfling Black/white/black/wood
  • Rosette Paua Abalone/Violin Purfling
  • Tuners Gold Schallers
  • Upper Bout 10"
  • Waist 8.25"
  • Lower bout 13-5/8"
  • Scale 24.9"
  • # of Frets to Body 12
  • Nut Width 44mm (1.73")
  • Neck Width @12th fret 54mm (2-1/8")
  • String Spacing @ Saddle 54mm (2-1/8")

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From master luthier Roy McAlister, a Vintage Series 00-28. Built to resemble the classic Martin “Grand Concert” model of the late 20's/early 30's, it features old-growth Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with an incredible Adirondack spruce top, herringbone trim, and Waverly tuners. This guitar is spectacular in looks, playability and sound – everything you’d expect from a McAlister.

Hard-shell case included. $9,850.00


  • Body Size 00 (Grand Concert)
  • Back/Sides Old Growth Brazilian Rosewood
  • Top Adirondack Spruce
  • Neck Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Ebony
  • Trim C.F. Martin Style 28 (circa 1929) with Herringbone & Ivoroid
  • Scale Length 25.4 inches (Long scale)
  • Nut Width 1&13/16 inches
  • String Spacing 2 &5/16 inches

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New Yamamoto Talus 14-Fret Acoustic Guitar - $4600.00 + shipping/insurance

A beautiful instrument fresh from master builder Tony Yamamoto's Dublin, CA shop. This guitar is a wonderful blend of tradition and modern. The only things better than the way it looks are the way it sounds and plays. At $4600.00, it is a bargain considering what other boutique builders are charging for similar work. Comes with warranty and hard shell case. (WA state residents add 9.5% sales tax.)


  • Top: AAAA grade solid engelmann spruce
  • Back & Sides: AAAA grade Indian rosewood
  • Neck: One-piece South American mahogany
  • Fingerboard & Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle Bone
  • Headstock overlay: Macasser ebony (Front) Walnut (Back)
  • Rosette: Koa, Paua abalone
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510 Minis
  • Lower bout: 15& 1/8"
  • Depth: 4-1/4" (End Block)
  • 3 & ½" (Neck Block)
  • Frets to the body 14
  • Cutaway type Florentine
  • Nut width: 1 & 3/4"
  • String spacing at bridge: 2 & 5/16"
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Manzer wedge: 4 & 1/2" (Bass) 3 & 5/8" (Treble)
  • Bevel placements Arm, knee, & rib positions
  • Truss Rod: 2-way Graphite reinforced
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose gloss lacquer
  • Neck joint: Mortise & Tenon Bolt-on (Cumpiano's hardware-based/ Talus angled)
  • Hard case: Hiscox Pro-II --OOO/OM
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime to original owner

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