From what I have read about this builder, Michael Franks is an individual with many skills, including but not limited to, engineer, wood craftsman, pilot, outdoorsman, antique instrument restorer, in-lay artist, luthier and family man. He builds just ten or so guitars annually at his shop in Michigan. While this is my first MJ Franks-built guitar, I am already looking for more examples of his work. The guitar offered here is a MJ Franks 00-sized 12 fret guitar, a model which does not appear to be among his normal offerings. This incredible guitar has: a master-grade Adirondack Spruce top; scalloped Adirondack bracing; old growth Brazilian Rosewood back and sides; figured Koa binding; herringbone purfling; a 24.9" string scale; 1-3/4" bone nut; 2-5/16" string spacing; a Mahogany neck with a C or very soft V-shaped neck; a 12-fret Ebony fretboard with 16" radius; Slotted headstock with Brazilian Rosewood overlay and abalone inlay; nickel Waverly tuners; and bone bridge and end pins. The attention to detail shown in this guitar is simply amazing. It reminds me of a Henderson small body guitar that I played briefly some years ago. It's Martin influences are evident, but it doesn't have the manufactured feel or tone of a modern-era Martin - it is much more organic. Listen to the brief sound sample provided below. Despite it's small size, the output is impressive and the tone quite balanced with nice overtones evident. This guitar is in near mint condition too, with very little evidence of wear and no significant flaws, frets included. It comes with it's similarly nice TKL case. An ultra-high quality, hand-made Adirondack/Brazilian small body instrument. Make it yours.....
|2010||Near Mint||Natural||Original Hard|
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