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« on: January 24, 2010, 04:35:51 PM »

For your viewing pleasure, I have just published a profile on an early
1980 Franklin OM as part of our new guitar database.

As always, improvements, corrections and additional information/ your
own experiences are much appreciated- I'll update the profile citing
and linking back to you! This is by no means complete a profile, so
feel free to add to what I already have.

I can't link pics directly to here so do pop by to:
for the full presentation. As always, I present the text portion of
the profile for your consideration- although I do highly recommend
popping by to see the pics!

Warmest regards,

Franklin| 0M | 1980 | SN:252

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Luthier Facts :
Name: Franklin
Location: Various
Status?: Currently unknown
RIYL: Reproduction of vintage Martins and Larsons
Note: (RIYL) Recommended If You Like

    * Model: OM
    * Year: 1980
    * Top:  Sitka spruce
    * Back and sides: Koa
    * Neck: Mahogany
    * Body Length: 19 3/16″
    * Upper Bout: 11 1/2″
    * Lower Bout: 15″
    * Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 1/4″
    * Body Depth @Tail Block: 3 3/4″
    * Scale Length: 25.5″
    * Nut Width: 1 11/16″
    * Strings Spacing: 2 3/8″
    * Bridge: Ebony
    * Binding: Ivoroid
    * Rosette: Line Purfling
    * Backstrip: Marquetry
    * Purfling: Herringbone

This is an early Franklin OM. Before going solo, Franklin guitars were
built by a group of luthiers including Nick Kukick and Steve Anderson.
At a later date in the 90’s Franklin guitars were built by entirely
Nick Kukich in Portland, OR with a wait list of 2 1/2 years.
Unfortunately, sometime the 90’s Nick met with unforsen circumstances
had stopped building altogether. He built OMs, Jumbos and a replica of
the old Stella 12-string and could list Stephan Grossman and John
Renborn amongst his customers. His best known models were an OM and a
Larson brothers inspired 17″ Jumbo. More recently, Kukich has returned
and is building again under the Franklin name.

The prior owner says “This is a Franklin OM model with Koa back and
sides and sitka spruce top made in 1980. The guitar has a nice tone
that falls somewhere between mahogany and rosewood in sound.

This has gold Grover tuners, 1 11/16″ nut width and is signed by Steve
Andersen. I also have an original 1980 Franklin Catalog, an original
Franklin 1980 pricing sheet (this would’ve been a $900 guitar at that
time per the pricing sheet) and a copy of an article from the
November, 1980 issue of “International Musician and Recording World”
magazine written about Franklin Guitars.
The guitar has two professionally repaired back cracks. The cracks are
in mirrored spots on the back of the guitar (see photos). Guitar has
also had a recent neck set. All work performed by John Reuter,
Director of Training at the Roberto Venn school. Minor finish crazing
and a few small scuffs.”
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