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Author Topic: Does anyone know what guitar Frank Stokes played?  (Read 575 times)

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Offline Pontius2000

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Does anyone know what guitar Frank Stokes played?
« on: March 09, 2016, 10:22:01 PM »
Just wondering. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like a Martin 000-28 (vs version). I'm not sure if Martin even made that version of the 000-28 back then. Broonzy played a 000-28, but the one Stokes played looks like the "vs" version. I know companies like Stella made a similar looking guitar in those days, but his guitar much too clean and "professional" sounding to be a cheap guitar. Anybody know?

Offline banjochris

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Re: Does anyone know what guitar Frank Stokes played?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2016, 10:31:27 PM »
In the picture of him and Dan Sane together, he's playing what looks like a Stella-type guitar with a tailpiece. Oscar Schmidt made some nice guitars back then. Martin did make an 000-28 back then -- in 1931 it cost $85 -- but they didn't make very many of them:

http://www.vintagemartin.com/sizes.html

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Re: Does anyone know what guitar Frank Stokes played?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2016, 06:16:17 AM »
I don't know if this is accurate. He's listed here  http://www.earlyblues.com/Blues%20singers%202009.htm as playing a "Harmony Concert, Martin 00-28"

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Offline rjtwangs

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Re: Does anyone know what guitar Frank Stokes played?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 12:48:55 PM »
 The guitar that Frank is holding in most photos that I've seen show him with a 20's 00-28 Martin. This guitar has a pyramid bridge and no pickguard....by the early 30's(30-32) the 00-28's and all Martins by now had a belly bridge AND pickguard....I own both a 00-28, and 00-18 from 1931 and both have a belly bridge and pickguard... 000-28's from this era are exceedingly rare and are rarely for sale. That said, there are some that feel that the 12 fret 000-28's sounded a bit " woofy " compared to the 12 fret 00's.....

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Re: Does anyone know what guitar Frank Stokes played?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2016, 11:05:54 AM »
Are there more than 2 pix, then?. I know of one with a Martin and one with a guitar with a floating bridge - he's with Dan Sane (I think) - I didn't know that Martin made guitars with floating bridges.

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Offline rjtwangs

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Re: Does anyone know what guitar Frank Stokes played?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2016, 07:09:51 AM »
 Harriet you are quite correct in that Martin did not build flat top guitars with floating tail pieces....I was referring to the photo with the 00-28. Martin has a 12 fret 00-28 available in their " vintage series ". Sorry for the confusion...


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