This was a specially ordered left-handed Schoenberg Soloist, completed in late 1988. Except for some cosmetic details like wood binding and no pickguard, the specs are very close to Martin's earliest OM-28 models (before they began using the belly bridge). In the current days of exacting Authentic model reissues this doesn't sound like such a big deal, but it was a revolutionary look back at vintage specs in the late 1980s and included all-wood binding and purfling. The original owner, an avowed fingerstyle player who rarely used a flatpick, shared Eric Schoenberg's devotion to the original OM models and this mirror-image model was the result. (Finding a left-handed early OM was impossible, Martin's records shown none being made).
This Soloist did see quite a lot of use, enough that the frets needed to be replaced. With that exception everything is original including the tuners, which are Kluson Deluxe style made by Gotoh (this is long before reissues of open-back tuners like Waverly were available). There are a few pick scratches and some small filled dings to the top, plus the obvious finger-wear beneath the high E string. There are no signs of any other repairs. There's weather-checking to the lacquer on the top, but none to the back, sides, or neck and no cracks to the wood. Interior center back strip has an ink stamp with the name of original purchaser, and the interior paper label was signed by both Dana Bourgeois and Eric Schoenberg. The original cloth-covered case is a very strong design that has both an arched bottom as well as an arched top. As far as we know this case was unique to Schoenberg.
stock no. 50543
|Back and sides||Brazilian rosewood|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 13/16"|
|Bridge spacing||2 7/16"|
|Bracing||scallped X pattern|
|Tuners||Kluson style by Gotoh|
|Neck profile||very rounded V|
|Inlay||diamonds & squares|