Franklin| 0M | 1983 | SN:391
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- Model: OM
- Year: 1983
- Top: Adirondack Red 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″
- Bridge: Ebony
- Binding: Ivoroid
- Rosette: Line Purfling
- Backstrip: Marquetry
- Purfling: HerringbonehHersapce
This is an early Franklin OM which has been retopped more recently my Nick Kukick. 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 unforeseen 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 Steve has this to say about this guitar “This guitar was originally built by Nick Kukich, one of the very first luthiers to bring back the early 30’s OMs, in 1984 (number 391). His guitars are extraordinary and quite rare since each guitar is hand built by Nick.
The guitar’s back and sides are a spectacular old growth koa. When I acquired the guitar it had a cedar top (there were several cracks in the top) and a strange, skinny electric guitar-style neck which had obviously been a custom order.
Mr. Kukich just finished re-topping it with a lovely set of red spruce (Adirondack) and gave it a new neck, 1 ¾” at the nut and 2 5/16″ at the bridge. It plays wonderfully and sounds fantastic right now. It will only improve as it is played “space.
Pictures kind courtesy of Steve
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