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OMI dobro identification please. Looking for date and model

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Sep 21, 2020 - 1:08:33 PM
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2 posts since 9/21/2020

Hello,

I recently came across what I believe to be an OMI dobro with the serial 72614. The 72 is a little offset from the 614. No gap just on a slightly different level. I thought it to be a 71 or 72 but any help would be greatly appreciated! There has been a huge chunk taken out of the body for a pickup I believe. Tailpiece look unoriginal amp the tuning pegs are reversed. Thanks In advance!




 

Edited by - josiewales on 09/21/2020 13:16:39

Oct 1, 2020 - 2:48:52 PM

2 posts since 9/21/2020

Does anybody check these posts anymore?

Oct 1, 2020 - 5:00:58 PM

7 posts since 6/4/2014

I think people still look here but maybe nobody can identify your serial number setup. I'm not at all familiar with that "duolian by dobro" label and it doesn't appear on my usual go-to serial number list at guitarhq.com/dobro.html. Good luck, I'm sure someone here will weigh in eventually.

Oct 6, 2020 - 3:53:49 PM

3331 posts since 7/27/2008

Here is what I think it might be: a 1971 OMI Dobro Duolian, and they changed the model name to 90 in 1972 and dropped the Duolian name for a bunch of years. I gleaned this info from Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars.

Where it gets weird (once again, another potential chapter from "the convoluted history of the Dobro guitar") is  the serial number would correspond with a Regal-built Dobro from the mid to late 1930s. And it looks like someone tried to "force feed" a truss rod into the neck. Prewar roundneck Dobros did not come with truss rods. I'm thinking it might have been a neck languishing in a warehouse for 30+ years and they decided to make some roundnecks in '71 so this was available.

You left out a very important aspect of this guitar for i.d. purposes - is there an illustration or theme on the back?

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