Mossman Winter Wheat Reviews
I bought this guitar new from a store in '76, the same year it was made. It listed for about $1300 I was told, and the store discounted it to $900.I was committed to finding the best sounding, best made guitar I could at the time. In the course of my search I looked at hundreds of guitars in several cities - all of the usual maufacturers - with an emphasis on Martin. I'd played a shaved brace, prewar Martin owned by an aquaintence and loved it - it was awesome sounding. However, he was not interested in selling the guitar - ever, at any price ,and was terrified of even taking it out of the house (fragile, valuable). I could not have affored it in any event - $3K mid seventies dollars being my absolute maximum. I was seriously disappointed in the newer Martins of the time. Martin had become very popular and they were cranking them out with little of the craftsmanship they had been previously noted for. Most Martin aficianado's still avoid them from this era. I understand they are much better these days, but don't care now. I had never heard of Mossman. I walked into a store and they had just received this guitar. It was gorgeous, but my first concerns were tone an playability. They gave me the whole story of Mossman, how well they were built, etc., etc., all of which I have found to be true for the last 28years, but what sold me was the sound and playability. I played professionally back then, so the guitar had to step up to some rigorous standards.
Love it. It will go to my son - if he is worthy - in 20yrs. I would recommend to anyone to consider a 70's era Mossman. To replace this guitar today - with its materials and inlay - would take a very high end, very fancy Martin or similar for major money - and they still would not have passed the test of time or broken in for the last 30yrs. Mossman made different levels of ornamentation. I would buy one based on the tone and playability. If you like the looks, that's icing.Happy owner rated this unit on 2004-02-12.
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