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GUEST,jeff Jan Burda's Guitars (25) RE: Jan Burda's Guitars 05 Feb 11


Like the above poster Jan built me a guitar w/my name signed on the underside of the top along w/his. It was a Ditson(Martin) dreadnaught w/walnut sides and 3 piece back.

Red cedar top w/a rosewood pickguard and headstock veneer. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Scalloped bracing and 'squared' headstock like the old time Martins not rounded off like the more modern ones. Would be referred to as an 'S' model.

Maple and herringbone binding. Standard Martin rosette. The most telling identification is the inlay. It's got the symbols for 'Man, Woman, Birth, Death and Infinity' down the fretboard. Don't know WHAT I was thinking at the time, but there you go.

It was completed in 1982 and I sold it at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago on consignment in 1989-90. The store's name was 'The Different Strummer'. It's reputed to have been purchased by Nate Herman a former writer of the play 'Great Jogging Liberals' and SNL fame. If anyone reading this thread recognizes the guitar described here, please be so kind as to post back.

I sold it at a time when I needed the money badly. Sure would like to have it back as it was made to my specs. Thank you. Jeff

PS: Outside of the "Eagle Headstock' the description of the guitar above at 'Front Porch Guitars' sounds very similar to the one Jan built for me. 'Jumbo, walnut sides and back, 'didn't like the inlay'. All of those statements ring true re the one I had. Thanks again.


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