Instrument Details

1980 Franklin OM Brazilian/Spruce
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Franklin
Product Year
1980
Model
OM
Serial #
0222
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP444
Condition
Our very own repair staff performed a neck reset and stabilized and/or cleated a few body cracks and one at the heel, as well as refretted the fingerboard. Set up like a new instrument.
Body Type(s)
Medium, OM/Concert
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Wood
Top Trim
Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Diamonds
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Bindings
Grained Ivoroid
Tuners
Grover
Tuner Finish
Gold
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.375 in
Upper Bout
11.5 in
Lower Bout
15 in
Body Depth Heel
3.5 in
Body Depth Tail
4.125 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.68 in
Nut Width (mm)
43 mm
String Spacing
2.3 in
String Spacing (mm)
58.7 mm
Weight
4 lb. 7 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

Franklin OMs are a force to be reckoned with, and this gem from 1980 backs that up with a handsomely opened up voice and easy playability. Brazilian Rosewood and Spruce, 25.4 inch scale, Grained Ivoroid bindings, Herringbone trim—all the appointments of a traditional Martin-style guitar. This OM goes one step further with a well-rounded C profile neck and a fast setup.


The voice has that easy, opened up flavor that makes the best vintage instruments stand out from the pack, with a hint of airiness in the bass that keeps its richness from overpowering the other registers. Trebles are crisp and focused. We put this Franklin through its paces with a flatpick for Bluegrass riffs—excellent. Dropping it into DADGAD for fingerstyle—even better.


The complete package: gorgeous woods, smooth setup, and a dynamic response that lends itself to a variety of styles.

Older Franklins are among my favorite traditional-style acoustics. This one plays great and responds well to even a delicate touch.
 
Great-sounding reproduction of a Martin OM with all of the character that comes with an older guitar. These early Franklins are sought after by many and being the definitive sound of that era.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.68 in
STRING SPACING 2.3 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

Franklin OMs are a force to be reckoned with, and this gem from 1980 backs that up with a handsomely opened up voice and easy playability. Brazilian Rosewood and Spruce, 25.4 inch scale, Grained Ivoroid bindings, Herringbone trim—all the appointments of a traditional Martin-style guitar.
 

Older Franklins are among my favorite traditional-style acoustics. This one plays great and responds well to even a delicate touch.
 
Great-sounding reproduction of a Martin OM with all of the character that comes with an older guitar. These early Franklins are sought after by many and being the definitive sound of that era.
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