Franklin| 0M | 1980 | SN:252
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- 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
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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