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MJ Franks Legacy Dreadnought (Adirondack/Brazilian)  From Franks

Brazilian Dreadnought from Mike Franks. An amazing handmade guitar for an unbeatable price


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M. J. Franks Guitars

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What We Think

One of the most beautiful dreadnought acoustics we've ever seen! The Bearclaw/Brazilian combination is absolutely stunning. You would be hard pressed to find a guitar of this quality and craftsmanship for under $10K from other builders. More pictures available by request.

Mike Franks OMD Brazilian Rosewood Acoustic Guitar

This beautiful MJ Franks ACoustic Guitar from the hands and shop of Mike Franks features a Carpathian Spruce Top with breathtaking Brazilian Rosewood backs and sides. Sound Pure is the premier dealer for Mike Franks custom instruments, and are glad to help you with your special order needs from Mike Franks or any one of our other fine builders, or pair you with your dream guitar from our cast inventory. Call Sound Pure toll free at 888.528.9703. This instrument was recorded using a pair of the Telefunken M260 small diaphragm tube pencil SDC's into a Great River MP2NV Mic Preamp, and into a Lynx Aurora 16 Converter.

Manufacturer's Description from Franks

Traditional Dreadnought shape with forward-shifted, scalloped bracing offering a huge bottom end and room filling presence. Crystal clear trebles and open mid-range. The ideal instrument for flat picking and light to hard strumming, this guitar will please the bluegrass picker, worship leader and entertainer alike.

M. J. Franks Guitars

About Manufacturer

Mike Franks passion for building traditional style acoustic guitars is a natural progression of his life-long love of fine woodworking. He has spent most of his life relentlessly perfecting his skills as a craftsman. Past endeavors have included professional antiques restoration, woodcarving, furniture building and the restoration of classic cars and boats. An avid pilot, Mike constructed his first full-sized airplane almost entirely of wood.

Mike fell in love with Bluegrass Music at an early age and scoured flea markets and second hand stores in his native Ohio for repairable or restorable fiddles, guitars and mandolins. After repairing and refurbishing the instruments, Mike sold or gave them to his musician friends. In later years after building his first guitar, Mike spent time apprenticing with a Master Luthier and Inlay Artist and began building guitars professionally. Mike continues to consult and spend time with other accomplished Luthiers acquiring and perfecting his skills.

An engineer by trade, Mike constructs his instruments with the belief that fine, repeatable acoustics have everything to do with solid design, choice materials and exacting construction. That is not to say that appearances are not important. To say that Mike is anal regarding the fit and finish of his instruments is an understatement. His selection of materials is as painstaking as his building style. Old-Growth Brazilian Rosewood and Master Grade Adirondack Spruce are favorites as well as Mahogany, Spruce and Koa. Mike builds about 10 steel strings and an occasional Resonator guitar per year. A majority of his customers are professional musicians.

Mike lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan with his wife Debbie and 2 teenage children. He is an instrument rated pilot and enjoys flying, bluegrass music, the Michigan outdoors and time spent with his family.


Figured Old Growth Brazilian Rosewood (Master Grade) Back and Sides

Red Spruce top 

Mahogany Vintage Style Neck w/ Brazilian Rosewood Headstock Veneer

M.J.Franks Abalone Pearl Headstock Inlay

Solid Mahogany Blocks w/ Mortised Neck Joint

Ebony Fingerboard w/ Abalone ?Diamonds & Squares? Inlays

Ebony Bridge, Belly Style

Hand-Scalloped Top Braces

Abalone Pearl Top Inlay

ZIG-ZAG HD Backstrip

Grained Ivoroid Bindings, End Graft & Heel Cap

B/W Side Purfling

Waverly Nickel ?Butterbean? Tuners

Celluloid Tortoise Pick Guard

Bone Nut & Compensated Bone Saddle

Bone Bridge and Strap Pins w/ Inlayed Center Dots

Hand Polished Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish

TKL Hardshell Case