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Aug 21, 2019 - 8:21:37 AM



5 posts since 8/21/2019

I am Riny Assink from the Netherlands and 70 years old. I play a bit on the guitar, but restoration of old guitars is a passion of me.
Yesterday I bought my first resonator-guitar and I'm really happy with it. A nice job to restore.
As you can see, there are  3 signatures on the guitar. 2 of them I can find on the internet. the first is from Ray Campi, a well-known rockabilly musician.
The second is from Thierrie Lecoz, also a rockabilly artist. It was very nice to find this information.

But now I am in search for the builder of the guitar. I uploaded a photo of his logo on the headstock. On the internet I can't find any related information.

Can anyone tell me more about it, I would be very happy.

Kindly regards from the Netherlands.

Edited by - assinkm on 08/21/2019 08:29:55

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:36:27 AM

500 posts since 8/29/2013

Your instrument was most likely made in the EU.

Searched all the usual suspects in the luck. Circle M headstock logo suggested it might be a Jimmy  Moon Glasgow build, but he apparently only makes accoustic guitars and mandolins.

Plus, his headstock logo is a half-moon not a circle M.

This may turn out to be a tough one to ID, judging by its wide lower bout and narrow upper bout. If you haven't done so already, I would try contacting the owners of those two signatures on the guitar. Taking a peek inside the body sometimes reveals interesting information as to who the builder was.

Good luck on your search.

Edited by - DBChimer on 08/21/2019 09:38:49

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:43:46 AM



182 posts since 11/27/2014

Mosrite? It has that look.

Aug 21, 2019 - 12:16:50 PM

2038 posts since 8/5/2008

It does, but the coverplate is too far toward the screens. Looks kind of awkward like that.

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:03:27 PM

500 posts since 8/29/2013

That pickup and volume control looks like a a factory install which would tend to rule out Mosrite. The bout widths are not consistent with anything I've seen from Semy's hand.

I still think it was born in Euro-land. Its not like Riny doesn't have any clues to follow up on. His visible trail of crumbs has to has to lead him somewhere.

I think just a cursory search of those signatures might give him the answer he's looking for.

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:19:52 PM



5 posts since 8/21/2019

Hi gentleman on the other side,

I appreciate your help very much.

The previous owner of the guitar told me tonight that he had heard, the guitarbuilder was Michael Olsen in San Diego. But I can't find a guitarbuilder with this name.

Regards Riny

Edited by - assinkm on 08/21/2019 14:28:02

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:43:01 PM

500 posts since 8/29/2013

By the way Riny...welcome to the reso world of the Hangout. Be sure to let us know what you find out about this guitar as you continue your search.

Edited by - DBChimer on 08/21/2019 14:44:25

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:57:48 AM



5 posts since 8/21/2019

I disassembled the guitar but there is no information inside.
I keep searching and report it when I know more.

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:05:35 AM

500 posts since 8/29/2013

What causes me to lean more toward Michael Olsen as the builder is the headstock logo. It has the letter M for Michael and the letter O for Olsen surrounding it.

Checked several luthiers and music stores in and around San Diego, drew a blank, nobody ever heard of him.

He appears to be one of Dobro-dom's best kept secrets.

Edited by - DBChimer on 08/22/2019 10:08:21

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:01:20 AM



5 posts since 8/21/2019

Hi DBChimer,

Very nice that you want to think along.

I found a website with many builders, but nobody with the logo on my guitar. But it is still a fine guitar, that's no secret for me.
Regards from the Netherlands.

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:04:47 AM
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11 posts since 1/22/2010

Hi Riny.
It seems like the same guitar they used to sell here in Brazil on an Ebay like website. A no brand guitar or kit that they put a local brand (i don't remember which brand now).

It's only an idea, but was the first thing came on my mind after seen your pics.

Edited by - petonella on 08/23/2019 04:05:37

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:01:49 AM
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500 posts since 8/29/2013

Petonella...thanks for posting. I think you may have answered the question on who built Riny's guitar.

Too many similarities point straight to Merkloos.

Take a look at the photos from the link you posted. Both the finished and unfinished photos show favorable comparisons to Riny's guitar. The headstock, overall body design, upper and lower bout width, coverplate, coverplate placement and screen hole placement all seem to match.

And the M in the circle logo on Riny's guitar headstock suggests Merkloos as the builder.

Now the only missing link is to find Riny's guitar logo on one of the Merkloos resonators and this riddle is officially solved.

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:45:40 AM
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5 posts since 8/21/2019

The mystery is solved. My guitar is identical with the "Merkloos"
The electronics will be built later in the guitar.

"Merkloos" means in the Dutch language "unbranded" so the logo is not the "M" of Merkloos, but seems to correspond to Mike Olsen. He was a versatile man, who also built instruments and equipment in the 60s His real name was Elmer Olsen.

So the story of the previous owner seems to be correct.

Thank you all for thinking and searching for me.

Kindly regards from a happy Netherlands.
Riny Assink

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