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Old 07-29-2020, 08:35 AM
Wengr Wengr is offline
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Originally Posted by mhw48 View Post
I asked Nick about the "Prairie State" vs "Jumbo" as the name for his jumbo guitar shape. He told me that it was actually his distributor, who was in charge of printing up the Franklin Catalog, who designated it the "Jumbo". It gets called his "Prairie State" from the fact that Nick modeled the guitar on Stefan Grossman's Prairie State Jumbo. Nick pointed out that Prairie State Guitars, built by the Larson Brothers, was a whole line of guitars from small 0 size up to massive jumbos, so I suppose Nick's guitar would have to be called his "Prairie State Jumbo".
So the short answer is that it was officially designated a Franklin Jumbo, but lots of folks call it a Franklin Prairie State.
Thanks for this. Very interesting. I like my Prairie State Jumbo to the point that I sometimes consider a second one in different woods.
Sobell Model 1
Sobell six string archtop
Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis
Eastman John Pisano
Martin D-41
Franklin Prairie State
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