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Dec 8, 2019 - 3:46:17 PM
4 posts since 12/8/2019

The serial # is B 5xx 6. It has a man in a fishing boat,Mountains’s and palm trees etched in the body. After some research I came up with a 1976? If someone might help with more knowledge will be appreciated. It is a square neck slot head. TKS

Dec 8, 2019 - 4:02:06 PM

502 posts since 8/29/2013

Logo on headstock? Pix of front design and back metal body etched picture? Tough to ID strictly from serial #.

Dec 8, 2019 - 4:44:53 PM

4 posts since 12/8/2019

Tried to attach pictures not sure if they are displayed.

Dec 8, 2019 - 4:57:06 PM

3141 posts since 7/27/2008

It's likely 1976. B = brass body.

Check out the link below to a scan of a mid 1970s OMI Dobro catalog.  Somewhere in my garage one of these catalogs exists in a box, but damned if I know where - I'm glad someone took the initiative a number of years ago and scanned it for us to enjoy on the internet. 

In what I like to refer as the convoluted history of the Dobro guitar, you do have to take these dates with a grain of salt.  Mike Replogle, who ran the Dobro operation in Huntington Beach  from the time Gibson acquired it in 1993 until they shut the doors and moved it to Nashville in 1997, was commenting on the Facebook Dobroholics page this morning how a guitar might be built in a given year, but it's possible the neck had been lying around the warehouse for a couple years or more, but already had a serial number stamped on the headstock.  I have read similar things in the past regarding the Dobro operations prior to World War II.

Click on the link below. I assume the guitar in question is fourth from the left on the top, Model 90 33H.

https://tinyurl.com/ql7lrjt

Dec 8, 2019 - 4:58:35 PM

3141 posts since 7/27/2008

...no photos yet.

Dec 8, 2019 - 5:14:30 PM

502 posts since 8/29/2013

Wow...what a nice piece of dobro reference material you have there Mark. Wasn't aware it existed.
Now I know why we all can give justice where justice is due, Mark "Dobro-Cyclopedia" Eaton.

Dec 8, 2019 - 6:10:28 PM

4 posts since 12/8/2019

quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

It's likely 1976. B = brass body.

Check out the link below to a scan of a mid 1970s OMI Dobro catalog.  Somewhere in my garage one of these catalogs exists in a box, but damned if I know where - I'm glad someone took the initiative a number of years ago and scanned it for us to enjoy on the internet. 

In what I like to refer as the convoluted history of the Dobro guitar, you do have to take these dates with a grain of salt.  Mike Replogle, who ran the Dobro operation in Huntington Beach  from the time Gibson acquired it in 1993 until they shut the doors and moved it to Nashville in 1997, was commenting on the Facebook Dobroholics page this morning how a guitar might be built in a given year, but it's possible the neck had been lying around the warehouse for a couple years or more, but already had a serial number stamped on the headstock.  I have read similar things in the past regarding the Dobro operations prior to World War II.

Click on the link below. I assume the guitar in question is fourth from the left on the top, Model 90 33H.

https://tinyurl.com/ql7lrjt


Dec 8, 2019 - 6:11:34 PM

4 posts since 12/8/2019

Thank you so much Mark great info. Still trying to get pictures to load.

Dec 9, 2019 - 12:34:37 PM

2BUCKS

USA

153 posts since 4/27/2015

quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

It's likely 1976. B = brass body.

Check out the link below to a scan of a mid 1970s OMI Dobro catalog.  Somewhere in my garage one of these catalogs exists in a box, but damned if I know where - I'm glad someone took the initiative a number of years ago and scanned it for us to enjoy on the internet. 

In what I like to refer as the convoluted history of the Dobro guitar, you do have to take these dates with a grain of salt.  Mike Replogle, who ran the Dobro operation in Huntington Beach  from the time Gibson acquired it in 1993 until they shut the doors and moved it to Nashville in 1997, was commenting on the Facebook Dobroholics page this morning how a guitar might be built in a given year, but it's possible the neck had been lying around the warehouse for a couple years or more, but already had a serial number stamped on the headstock.  I have read similar things in the past regarding the Dobro operations prior to World War II.

Click on the link below. I assume the guitar in question is fourth from the left on the top, Model 90 33H.

https://tinyurl.com/ql7lrjt


Interesting aside. Included with the case candy I got with my 66s a couple of years ago was a circa 1984 catalog. It looks like 2 changes were made on the circa 84 catalog. The first was the Model 30 was replaced with a Model 27 which didn't have the 3 small sound holes and it had a Poinsettia cover plate. The other change was the 114B was removed and replaced with a Model 15 mandolin. On the flip side of my catalog are 4 other higher end Dobros. Model 60B-S (Black) , 60W-S (walnut) with "Tree of Life" inlay. 60M (African Mahogony) and 60A (Amber finished figured Maple). The 60B and 60W were only available in square necks at that time.

Dec 9, 2019 - 1:17:39 PM

3141 posts since 7/27/2008

Steve, I don't recall ever coming across a circa 1984 catalog online. 

When you have some spare time it would be really cool if you could scan and share it on the hangout. 

Dec 9, 2019 - 5:35:19 PM
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2BUCKS

USA

153 posts since 4/27/2015

quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

Steve, I don't recall ever coming across a circa 1984 catalog online. 

When you have some spare time it would be really cool if you could scan and share it on the hangout. 


Will do. Might take a bit of time to figure out, but I'll try. By the way, I'm calling this a circa 84 catalog because it was with Model 66S guitar # 8 1352 4D. I got the information on this guitar from a Gruhn vintage guitar guide. If anyone has info contrary to what I found please let me know. This catalog really is a cool piece of nostalgia. The music shop sales person quoted prices to the original owner for a 60D-s, a 27, and a 66s all priced with and without slotted pegheads. I just thought that was the coolest thing.

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