OAHU Jumbo Style 68B c. 1935
OAHU Jumbo Style 68B Sq. Neck c. 1935 | $795 | An argument can be made that The OAHU Publishing Co., Cleveland, Ohio, facilitated more acoustic guitars to be bought pre-WWII than any other company, and the company didn't even build guitars! With its origins in Michigan, and later moving to Cleveland, OAHU Publishing was essentially a music publishing company, selling sheet music, guitars and accessories, with sales propelled by the immense popularity of Hawaiian music on the main land and prolific advertising. The bulk of OAHU guitars were contracted to the Kay company in Chicago, and the large majority of the those instruments were 'student' or 'catalog' grade instruments featuring birch bodies and painted binding or other low-level appointments. However, Oahu catalogs offered a number of quality, high-end flat tops through the thirties, with the 'jumbo' being the most sought by players today.
The Oahu 'jumbo' evolved in essentially two phases, the first being 14 1/2" across at the lower bout, and the second phase, beginning in '36, measured 15 1/2" across the lower bout. This example is of the first phase, 14 1/2" across at the lower bout, with a 4 1/2" body depth, and for this reason it is often referred to as the 'Nick Lucas', since it shares that coveted guitars dimensions.
This square neck example is in all original condition, and shows no evidence of repair with only light playing wear. Many of these have been converted to Spanish style (square neck shaved to round neck) because they make such great players.
The back and sides are a nicely figured ‘tiger’ maple, and the top is spruce, back, sides and top all sport a handsome sunburst. Top and back are bound in celluloid. The neck is mahogany, bound in white celluloid. The top is X-braced and the bridge is cast aluminum (typical on many OAHU lap-style guitars).
The only item to mention in a condition report is the two small screw holes in the top from a pick guard attachment. Otherwise, a little play wear.
Great sounding guitar, ready for lap-style playing or conversion to Spanish.
Comes with an old soft case in good condition.