1976 Mossman Great Plains

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  1. Buckocaster51

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    Here is something that you don't see every day. This is one of the best sounding acoustics I have ever played...but it needs a neck set and a fret job.

    Isn't really playable right now.

    Because of the UNIQUE nature of Mossman neck blocks, I have decided not to do it myself. It is going in the box today to somebody with some experience dealing with the Mossman laminated neck block.

    The Great Plains is your basic dreadnaught. 14 frets to the body. Sort of shaped like a Martin. Not exactly though. Herringbone binding and not a bit of metal flakes. Looking at that armrest, it looks like somebody has been influenced by Doc Watson.

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    Just a real nice, basic rosewood guitar. Probably a Sitka spruce top. Grain is nicely bookmatched.

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    3 piece back ... sort of like a Martin D-35. Indian rosewood. If that was Brazilian RW all straight-grained like that...this guitar would be my retirement portfolio!

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    Did you notice the Grove RotoMatics? They just SCREAM the 70s.

    While the shape (and weight) of the headstock is not understated, the "S.L. Mossman" logo is.

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    Those are S.L.'s initials in the lower left. Don't know who any of the other boys and girls might be.

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    It might be back to me in time for festival season. It is a good guitar and deserves to be played.

    Here be a link to S.L. Mossman's wiki article.
     
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    That's a very nice guitar, I know that must sound good too, I have a 1977 Winters Wheat 12 string that I really love, it is getting close to were it will need to have a neck reset done.
     
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    nice one buck.
     
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    That's a cool one Buck. Does it have those big trusses for bracing?
     
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    I think it is fair to say they are "hefty." ;)

    Sweet sounding guitar.
     
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    Sweetness
     
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    Man, I wanted a Mossman Flint Hills model SO bad back in the 70's. I was just a poor boy and they were always a few dollars more than I could ever scrape together. You used to be able to go to the festivals (especially Winfield) and hear some fantastic players using Mossmans.




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  8. Buckocaster51

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    Jeff White still plays one.

    I'll bet Dan Crary still has one at his house.

    Like you, I really wanted one in the 70s. This one just stumbled my way one day a few years ago. It needed frets and a neck reset then. I'm just now getting around to it.

    Planned on doing it myself, but there is some odd stuff going on at that neck body joint. Decided not to try to learn how to do it on what is a really fine guitar.
     
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  9. Jim W

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    Mossmans are cool guitars -I believe Doc Watson played or plays one. I thought that I read the Mr. Mossman passed away a few years ago.
     
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    Got a friend who plays a '70s Mossman Flint Hills that is one of the best sounding guitars I've heard...nice one there, Buck.
     
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    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Congrats! Stewart Mossman was a cool guy. I hung with him at the Walnut Valley Festival the year before he died. He made some amazing guitars. He was one of the first "boutique" acoustic builders. I've played a few of his guitars. Some I liked better then others, but as I remember the ones I wasn't fond of weren't set up real well.
     
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    Yes they are and I believe he did.

    Nearly bought a Mossman years ago. Pretty scarce up here.
     
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    Nice.

    I've enjoyed real time exposure to Mossmans via my bro's neighbor who knew Stewart and owns at least 4 of them. His favorite has great punchy tone for a dread-sized guitar. It was a nice experience for me because I really only knew of current well known makers at the time.

    I hope you get it back soon
     
  14. Buckocaster51

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    Punchy is a good way to describe this one.

    Never met the man, but I did exchange letters with him about pearl/abalone inlay once. He certainly came off as a heck of a nice guy.

    I hope it comes home soon as well. But, if anything, I am a realist about how long it takes to do quality work on a guitar.
     
  15. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    Very cool.
     
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    Steve Mason?
     
  17. Buckocaster51

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    It could be.

    His name is "Steve."

    Works in Chicago.

    Seems to know more about it than I do.

    You know how long I have been toying with this. I really wanted to do it myself...
     
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    Nope.

    Last name starts with a "B."
     
  19. Buckocaster51

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    It's back!

    Plays great.

    (Still) sounds great.

    Great fretwork.

    I can't even see where they took it apart.

    Some pictures later.
     
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    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    OK, so now you are honor-bound to share the name of this fabulous luthier who has particular knowledge of this instrument, right?

    Or not....

    Awaiting pics.
     
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