Serial #44056

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Model: OM-28
Built: 1930
Entry Date: 10-21-2001
Source: Mandolin Bros Web Site
Contributor: elephantfan85
Comments:
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   "The finish on this example is original and yet almost every bit of said finish is uniformly and cleanly worn from the neck with a bit of dark staining in the mahogany from the 1st to 3rd fret on the treble side."
   Replacement Belly bridge
   "Our professional repair shop has performed a much-needed neck reset. The three-on-a-side replaced tuners will be, themselves, replaced with banjo style tuners appropriate to this model and year. The guitar is accompanied by a framed photograph, taken in 1946, of its last owner, Les Monroe in his 30s, dressed in the Tom Joad style, surrounded by his wife, Yvonne who is playing a washtub with wooden sticks, and his brother, Tom, in sunglasses, behind him, and Tom's Wife Jean, positioned in front of a white shingled building. If you look carefully you will see, in this photo, a fiddle headstock and a finger or two peeking over the left edge from under the frame. The photo clearly shows this OM-28 herringbone when it had banjo tuners."
   "This guitar came to us from Les. daughter who provides an accompanying note that reads: This guitar was one of three purchased from the Martin Guitar factory for use in live performances on Canadian radio stations. Some 10 years later my father, who was an avid and enthusiastic guitar playing teenager, purchased it at a pawn shop in Montreal. As money was tight in those days he had to return it regularly in order to make ends meet but as soon as he was able he would buy it back. The guitar was his treasure, and he always reminded us of its worth. My dad, a natural comedian loved by all, sang and played that guitar for friends and family."

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