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Mossman Great Plains, 1976

Sitka Spruce Top
East Indian Rosewood Back/Sides
Ivoroid Bound Body, Neck and Headstock
Herringbone Top Purfling and Rosette
Gold Grover Tuners

If you're looking at this listing, you are either already familiar with the work of Stuart Mossman, or you stumbled on this guitar while looking for a Martin. Either way, you've found yourself an excellent dreadnought, one made with great care and a dedication to craftsmanship in the mid seventies - a time where both were arguably scarce commodities in the world of acoustic guitar manufacture. In the rush to meet the burgeoning folk-driven demand for acoustic instruments, quality was seen to slip among the major players of the time. Stuart Mossman railed against this trend, by focusing on the production of top quality instruments, with high quality, properly aged woods, using old-world construction techniques. And he succeeded, definitively. In fact, were it not for a short string of bad luck late in that decade, the Mossman company would likely be a major player in the current high-end guitar market. But alas, it's most likely that you'll find instruments from their '72-'77 heyday selling for the most reasonable prices. If you find them at all, that is.

The Mossman Great Plains model was originally introduced in 1972 - a dreadnought instrument with Sitka Spruce top and rosewood back and sides, and Herringbone top purfling. The original Great Plains models featured a Brazilian rosewood back and sides, but in early 1975, a fire at the Mossman shop destroyed the entire stock of Brazilian rosewood. Mossman recovered from this setback, but guitars from this point on were built with East Indian Rosewood, as is the case with this 1976 Great Plains.

The original Great Plains had an unbound neck and headstock. A Great Plains Custom was also available, that featured a bound neck and headstock, and gold Grovers. In 1975, the Custom model was dropped, and many of the features were incorporated into the standard Great Plains, as you see here. This guitar has a three-piece East Indian Rosewood back, and a Sitka Spruce top with a Herringbone purfling. The top, neck and headstock are bound with Ivoroid, and the tuners are gold Grovers.

This guitar is in wonderful condition for it's age, and is a great player, too - it has the full, meaty sound of a well-aged Martin dreadnought, warm, powerful, but comfortable too. You'll see light finish checking over the top of the instrument, and a small ding on the back of the neck, about 3" south of the headstock - very minor. Expect to see a few tiny dings elsewhere on this guitar.

Includes hardshell case, which I think is original, but I am not sure whether this can be verified. Note that the end pin is not present. It appears that a pickup was installed at some point, as the endpin hole has been carefully reamed out to 1/2". So it's ready for you to drop in the low-impact pickup of your choice. Everything else appears to be original.



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