“They didn’t know they were making the greatest guitars in the history of the world”: This super-rare Martin OM-45 Deluxe from 1930 is insured for $1,000,000

A 1930 Martin OM-45 insured for a million dollars
(Image credit: Inside Blackbird/YouTube)

What’s the rarest guitar you’ve ever come across? Whatever it is, chances are it’s not as rare as Matt Swanson’s 1930 Martin OM-45 Deluxe – an acoustic guitar so rare that it’s been insured for seven figures.

Showcasing his ultra-ornate acoustic to John McBride on Inside Blackbird, the collector does a good job of highlighting just how ludicrously rare the 1930 OM-45 Deluxe actually is: he says only 14 were made at the time, and just nine original pieces are known to still exist today.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.