When the OM (Orchestra Model) was introduced in the 1920's, it was considered a large bodied acoustic guitar designed to be louder than other orchestra instruments. Today, with the Dreadnought, Jumbo and Super Jumbo models, we consider the OM a small bodied, yet pretty loud guitar, which fits finger picking and solo artists. The Santa Cruz OM model is a very clean guitar, you will not find on it any unnecessary ornaments and add-ons. It is clear sounding, has loud trebles and mid-range with healthy natural bass. It plays smoothly and is perfect for finger picking and flat picking.