Franklin| Prairie State | 2006 | SN:586
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- Model:Jumbo Prairie State
- Year: 2006
- Top: Adirondack spruce
- Back and sides: Madagascan rosewood
- Tuners: Waverly
- Neck: Mahogany
- Body Length: 20.08″
- Upper Bout: 12.80″
- Lower Bout: 16.81″
- Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3.43″
- Body Depth @Tail Block: 4.02″
- Scale Length: 25.4″
- Nut Width: 1 13/16″
- Strings Spacing: 2 5/16″
- Bridge: Ebony
- Binding: Ivoroid
- Rosette: Line Purfling
- Backstrip: Marquetry
- Purfling: Herringbone
This is an recent Franklin Prairie State. Nick Kukick retains the Franklin name and is currently working as a solo luthier. The Prairie State model was derived from Stefan Grossman’s own vintage Larson Brothers 17″ Jumbo built under the Prairie State brand.
Although originally an archtop, Jon Lundberg had it converted (i.e. retopped) to a flattop. The large shape but shallow depth create a unique tone particularly suited to fingerpicking but also performed well when flatpicked.
The current owner Nicolas Dussart has this to say about the guitar:”This guitar was made in Rocheport by Nick Kukich, and delivered in March 2006. However the guitar has an old label saying that’s made in Idaho. Nick told me that he’s “cheap & didn’t want to pay for new labels till the old ones ran out !”…
I bought this guitar in october 2008 from the original owner who is a friend of Nick and who is living in MO. I live in France, so the guitar made a long trip from Saint-Louis to Lille!
Nick K told me that he took the shape off of Stefan Grossman’s Prairie State (Larson) when he re-braced his top. Sounds wonderfully, strong bass and clear trebles, very balanced and responsive, it can be really loud if you pick it hard.
Pictures kind courtesy of Nicholas Dussart
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