Dating martin acoustic guitars
By the shores of Gitche Gumee, Minnehaha gives a little yelp of surprise.There, just behind Mary Tyler Moore, cutting the murky waters of Old Muddy with its triangular fin and tell-tale bubbly wake, she spies a swimming Shark. No, it’s just another O’Hagan guitar, making its way home to the headwaters whence it was spawned.Grande acoustics In 1975 O’Hagan set up his own importing company and began marketing Grande brand acoustic guitars from Japan.
The volume pots are push-pull and serve as coil taps, so you can get a pretty wide tonal variety out of this guitar.
As O’Hagan himself puts it, “John Denver was no longer on the charts.” Besides that, believe it or not, the life of an importer/distributor isn’t a road paved with gold, and O’Hagan was tired of always being at the mercy of his supplier, who would always give preference to the orders of the biggest customers with the most dealers.
Ahead of his time…and wrong This is when O’Hagan’s intuition yielded two major ideas, both of which were about twenty years ahead of their time and proved dead wrong for that point in guitar history.
A few of these early Sharks were made of a maple/walnut/ash combination.
Shark headstocks were a large, asymmetrical 3-and-3 design which was sort of like if the Flintstones did Gibson. The earliest guitars have Jerry’s signature inside the control cavity.