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mhw48 07-13-2020 09:43 AM

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The border on either side of the pearl diamonds, that you see in the previous photos, is black/white marquetry that Nick constructed by laying up strips of maple and ebony, sanding it into a thin band and then cutting off strips.

mhw48 07-14-2020 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Carpinteria (Post 6436619)
A friend of mine owned what must have been one of the first Franklin OMís, back in the late 70ís. The first time I played it I was absolutely blown away. Iíd have to say that it redefined for me what the ideal guitar sounded like. I have gravitated toward OMís ever since. More to the point here, Mr. Kukich builds fabulous guitars. This should be wonderful. Dave

Nick does indeed build fabulous guitars. He's a really great guy as well, very interesting to talk to.

mhw48 07-14-2020 12:41 PM

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Bending the sides. When Nick built Woody Mann's guitar, he made a new bending mold, which he now uses for jumbos.

Diamondave 07-14-2020 06:26 PM

I've REALLY been impressed with Franklin guitars, a couple of them at the absolute top of my list, very exciting, congrats....

mhw48 07-15-2020 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Diamondave (Post 6438120)
I've REALLY been impressed with Franklin guitars, a couple of them at the absolute top of my list, very exciting, congrats....

Thank you! I am quite excited about this guitar. I've wanted a Franklin Jumbo for quite some time. I've been haunting guitar store websites, Reverb, the guitars for sale here on AGF, and then it occurred to me: I could commission one!

mhw48 07-16-2020 09:48 AM

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Nick has glued up the African Blackwood back. It is beautiful quarter sawn, straight grained wood. I'm not sure how visible the grain will be once it has been sanded and finished. The color will certainly be even darker.

mhw48 07-16-2020 09:59 AM

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When we first spoke about wood options and Nick suggested African Blackwood, he sent me photos of an African Blackwood OM he had just put the finish on to give me an idea of how it looks. He appears understandably happy with the result!

blindboyjimi 07-17-2020 05:08 PM

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Nick is such a Master Builder. I’m fortunate to have multiple guitars from Nick. Sadly, I just sold one of my 3 but replaced it with a Sexauer 000-28c. I kept my 2 oldest ones as I was more connected with them and they have that mojo that vintage guitars give you. Mine are 40 and 31 years old! I love that you went with the old fancy rosette. Here’s one of mine.
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It’s my one and only blingy guitar and is still the best guitar I’ve ever played.

mhw48 07-17-2020 08:37 PM

Jim, It may have even been a photo of your guitar from an older post here on AGF that I sent to Nick, saying let's go with that! Possibly the photo of his old brochure.

mhw48 07-19-2020 08:42 AM

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Kerfed ceder linings, Mahogany neck and heel block. It's definitely looking like a guitar now!

swiftz07 07-20-2020 02:18 AM

Beautiful work! You are going to be really pleased with your Franklin! ;)

mhw48 07-20-2020 07:03 AM

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Beautiful work! You are going to be really pleased with your Franklin! ;)

Thanks, I think so too! I'm just impatient to get ahold of it!

Wengr 07-20-2020 09:24 AM

What will be the body depth of this Franklin?

mhw48 07-20-2020 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Wengr (Post 6443153)
What will be the body depth of this Franklin?

The current body depth on the Franklin Jumbo is essentially the same as an OM, around 3.5" at the heel and 4" at the tail. I'll have to check with Nick to see exactly where this one will fall. I see that you have a Franklin Prarie State. What is the depth of yours -- when was it built?

Wengr 07-21-2020 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by mhw48 (Post 6443276)
The current body depth on the Franklin Jumbo is essentially the same as an OM, around 3.5" at the heel and 4" at the tail. I'll have to check with Nick to see exactly where this one will fall. I see that you have a Franklin Prarie State. What is the depth of yours -- when was it built?

My guitar was built in 1992. It measures 3 1/2'' at the neck and 3 7/8' at the tail block. I purchased it some years back from Bat McGrath, and he referred to it as a Prairie State. I cant say What Nick called it.


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