Franklin| 0M | 1983 | SN:1/29
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- Model: OM
- Year: 1983
- 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 23/32″
- 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 Michael London has this to say about this guitar “Built in October and dated 11/29/1983 this Franklin OM was built for tone. Surprisingly responsive with great projection and clarity, it was crafted from Koa and a Sitka top. Everything is original, except for some upgraded Waverly tuners.
There are a few minor bumps and bruises and a few finish checks. There is also a small scratch about 1/4 inch in length right near where the neck joins the body on the bass side and some light pick scratches on the pick guard. All and all I would put the guitars condition, based on its 35 year age as very good to excellent.
There are absolutely no structural issues and it plays like a dream. It has lots of saddle if you want to take the action up or down. This guitar has a great traditional OM punch and fundamental…those of you looking for the authentic OM vibe, this is your guitar.
It also has lots of air in the tone and complexity like a fine wine. The nut width is a very comfortable 1 11/16 with a scale length of 25.5 As seen in the pictures the guitar has an after market John Pearse Armrest.”
Pictures kind courtesy of Michael B London
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