Oahu catalogs offered a number of quality, high-end flat tops through the thirties, with the 'jumbo' being the most sought by players today. The Oahu 'jumbo' evolved in essentially two phases, the first being X-braced and 14 1/2" across at the lower bout, and the second phase, beginning in '36, measured 15 1/2" across the lower bout and was usually ladder braced. This example is of the first phase, factory X-braced with a 4 1/2" body depth. This construction and dimensions explain why the early Oahu jumbos are often referred to as the 'Nick Lucas? version, since it shares that coveted guitar's dimensions. These x-braced Kay Kraft/Oahu jumbos are consistantly excellent guitars and were not "bargain basement" instruments at all. The 1937 Oahu catalog lists the Oahu Jumbo as selling for $98.00 and the Oahu Deluxe Jumbo sold for a whopping $158.00!
This guitar; 25.75" scale length, 12 fret, deep maple body. X-braced. The nut measures 1 3/4".
Restoration: remove bridge bolts, bp overlay, recarve neck, new fretboard with original inlays, refret, new binding on neck, sunburst and relic neck. Carbon rod in neck, neck reset.