Favilla Brothers Orchestra Model Guitar, circa 1930
An extremely rare guitar! Made for Friedman’s Music, Newark, N.J. by Favilla Brothers, New York, N.Y., this is essentially a copy of a Martin OM-18; having the same body shape and dimensions. It originally came equipped with geared banjo tuning machines and sported a small teardrop pickguard like a Martin OM-18. It differs from a Martin OM in several ways. Most notably in the way the top is braced, having modified fan bracing pattern rather than the Martin’s x-bracing. It also has a slightly longer 25 7/8” scale and a nut width of 1 11/16” rather than the Martin’s 1 3/4” nut width. Adirondack spruce top, mahogany sides and back, ebony bridge and fingerboard.
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