SL Mossman Dreadnought
Stuart Mossman (May 13, 1942 - March 2, 1999) was an American guitar maker, entertainer and entrepreneur who built 6,000 guitars from 1968 to 1984 that were played by several professional guitarists, including John Denver, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, Hank Snow, Cat Stevens and Merle Travis. Mossman's work is seen as the foundation for today's generations of Luthiers who build guitars from fine tone woods.
The story of Mossman guitars is one of both tragedy and triumph. Often forgotten in the rejuvenated interest with acoustic guitars of the 1990s, Mossmans are best known for their craftsmanship, high-quality tonewoods, and attention to detail from a period when major manufacturers were rushing to meet the demand for acoustic guitars. While many of those instruments made during the high-production ’70s by volume manufacturers are now reviled by collectors, Mossman guitars from the period are exceptional in design, materials, and construction.
In early 1975, while the Mossman company was producing nearly 100 guitars per month, including a line of six production models and custom order instruments; a fire in the finishing area destroyed one of the buildings housing the manufacturing area and assembly line. No one was killed and losses to machinery were minimal. Only a few guitars were lost, but the company’s complete supply of Brazilian rosewood, the only wood stock stored in that location, was destroyed.
Mossman offered a variety of options on any model, such as extra-wide neck and 12 strings, and also provided custom inlay and engraving work. In fact, a customer could order any sort of special voicing for a new Mossman (described in the catalog as “overbalanced bass, overbalanced treble, or balanced bass and treble”) and by careful shaving of the braces during construction and assembly, either the top or bottom end could be emphasized.
This Mossman Dreadnought, made from a tried and true tonewood combination of sitka and indian rosewood, is in wonderful condition for a vintage guitar of this age. The tone alone will have you instantly hooked on playing and not wanting to put it down. The age only accent's how warm and open the wood sounds. This Rare instrument is a true piece of guitar building history.
This Pre-Owned Guitar is in Fair condition with the normal wear and tear that a vintage instrument would have such as many Scratches and Dings throughout as well as hazing and light cracks all throughout the guitar. The sides of the guitar have been refinished, and there is a crack repair on the upper side of the lower bout. There was also some work done in 1987, work such as: A refret, some of the bracing was trimmed(These repairs/adjustments were done by Richard Stanley & Team as indicated by the signatures on the label). There was also a neck set done 5 years ago. Regardless of the condition, the guitar holds true and has that fantastic Mossman Sound!