50 year old United/Oahu 0-size, 12-fret in ladder braced solid mahogany over birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, fun and affordable choice for budding blues player


This United body from the 60’s was married to an Oahu slothead neck from the 1930s and the pair didn’t turn out all that badly. I choose a solid mahogany top with ladder bracing to bring out more of a “punch” in the tone. Fun flatpicker for beginning- to moderate-level blues player.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck, ladder-braced solid mahogany top, birch sides and back in worn tobacco brown finish, Oahu slotted headstock, Harmony tuning machines, steel reinforced poplar neck with soft “V” profile, rosewood fretboard with new frets, rosewood bridge, orphaned bridge pins, new bone nut and bone saddle. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 24 5/8”, Upper bout: 9 3/4“, Lower Bout: 13 1/2”, Body length: 17 3/4”, Widest body depth: 3 5/8”, Overall length: 36 5/8” , Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: lights 54-12 gauge standard tuning.

CONDITION: Fine rebuilt condition. Crack-free example. Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear with bumps and bruises everywhere. Evidence of prior tailpiece. Bracing was updated to accommodate modern string tension. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, bridge and an easy-playing setup.

SOUND: Nice bluesy tone that’s accentuated with a flatpick, which might not please bare-fingerstyle players. Raspy growl included at no extra charge. (Please note that the guitar tells me what to write here so I cannot represent its character to the contrary :).

PRICE: $499

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