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johnnyboy 11-14-2020 05:23 PM

Which model Dobro?
 
I recently purchased a Dobro which, so I was told, was a Model 60 OMI from 1986. The serial number format on the head, however, does not conform to that used by OMI in the 1980s. The number (D 210 6) is apparently from the 1970s, specifically 1976. My question is, which model is it? A friend suggested it may be a Model 27. Does anyone have any idea what it may be, or can suggest a reference book/web site?

frankmcr 11-14-2020 05:35 PM

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=597409

johnnyboy 11-16-2020 01:45 PM

Still not sure
 
Thanks frankmcr for the heads up. I found an old OMI catalog showing various models, including the model 27 square neck. According to the specs, that model has a body depth of four and a half inches. Mine has a body depth of three and a half inches and tapers to three inches where the body meets the neck. So I am still not sure what I have. However, the search continues.

Realbluesman 11-29-2020 11:49 AM

I have an OMI Dobro Square neck Serial # D-831-6. Bought it new in 1976 and the model is 60D (tobacco). Body measurements are the same as yours. Sounds like you have a sibling! Birthday is recorded inside at the neck joint.

johnnyboy 11-30-2020 09:30 AM

Thanks Realbluesman for the info. This helps a lot in getting somewhere with an ID. Perhaps you know this: does the model 60 have three open holes as well as the two mesh holes? Mine has only the two mesh holes.

Realbluesman 11-30-2020 09:37 AM

Yes three open holes and two mesh screens. IIRC the Model 27 lacked the three open holes. The D designation is believe is for dark (tobacco) finish.

Here is a link to 70's catalog:

https://notecannons.com/catalogues/1...obro/index.php

johnnyboy 12-03-2020 05:47 PM

Here is a link which may not be valid for long because it's for sale...

https://reverb.com/item/28151432-dob...-1977-sunburst

This is my squareneck Dobro's identical twin so I am inclined to think that mine is also a Model 27. But... a description in an OMI catalog of their Model 27 gives a body depth of four and a half inches, and mine is only three and a half inches. Perhaps it is a typographical error on the part of OMI. Are there four and a half inch Dobro bodies out there?

Realbluesman 12-04-2020 04:42 AM

I believe it is an OMI typo.

johnnyboy 12-04-2020 05:21 PM

If that is the case, my quest is done! I have a 1976 OMI Dobro Model 27, not the 1986 Model 60 it was purported to be. From what I have heard about the up and down quality of OMI's guitars, maybe I am better off, maybe not. No matter. I enjoy playing it, it's a great learning experience for an old guy (72). Thanks again to all those who replied.

Realbluesman 12-05-2020 04:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnnyboy (Post 6566928)
If that is the case, my quest is done! I have a 1976 OMI Dobro Model 27, not the 1986 Model 60 it was purported to be. From what I have heard about the up and down quality of OMI's guitars, maybe I am better off, maybe not. No matter. I enjoy playing it, it's a great learning experience for an old guy (72). Thanks again to all those who replied.

IIRC, Tut Taylor played a model 27. You might research some pics of his.

Wally Taylor 01-27-2021 12:19 PM

I have a one owner 1936 DOBRO Model 37, and I love it. I know it's a one owner, because my Dad bought it brand new.


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