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April Gruhn Staff Picks

Though it goes without saying that the folks at Gruhn are fans of fretted instruments, it's always nice to shine a spotlight on some favorites that can quickly pass through the shop. Here are some great instruments which have recently piqued our interest.

EF8856, 1982 Fender '57 Reissue Stratocaster (Fullerton)
Great body patina, nice chunky neck, and fantastic sound! - Lin (Repair)
VG+, opaque blond finish, pickups replaced, tweed OHC ... SOLD
EF8874, 1954 Fender Telecaster
This guitar has a rare straight/tight grained ash body, comfortable neck, and nice sounding pickups. - Lin (Repair)
quarter cut ash body (typical only of 1954 models - spruce-like appearance) - professionally refinished, pickguard painted black, refretted by Gruhn Guitars, black Tolex covered Fender HC ... SOLD
AB9738, 1931 Martin 0-18K
A wonderful sounding and playing guitar that's quite a nice vintage example for this price. - Glen (Sales)
VG+++, original belly bridge and pickguard, original Spanish setup, neck reset by Gruhn Guitars, excellent sound and playability, rare model, HC ... SOLD
AM7891, new Larrivee OM-40 Rosewood / Moonwood
Spectacular value for an American made, solid wood guitar. - Glen (Sales)
Austrian Alpine Spruce (Moonwood) top and parabolic bracing, Indian Rosewood wood back and sides, torch headstock inlay, engraved tuner buttons, deluxe HC ... SOLD
BF3107, c. 1971 Fender Precision
Jazz size neck. Aguilar pickup. Plays and sounds amazing! Super cool flame/figured pickguard. Deal of the month! - Tony (Repair)
VG+, replacement electronics, Aguilar pickup, original pickup cover in case pocket, rough OHC ... SOLD
EH6785, 1997 Gibson Tal Farlow
Plays like butter! Lovely sound and red wine finish! - Tony (Repair)
EXC, beautifully figured curly maple body with wind red finish, OHC ... SOLD
AA9950, 1964 Martin D-28
This guitar needs some love, but sounds great and is very playable as-is. - Lloyd (Sales)
beautiful quarter cut Brazilian rosewood back and sides, needs bridge reglue, would benefit from refret, HC, AS IS ... SOLD
EB6734, 1992 Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus
It's PURPLE! This is an early model that still has "model" on the peghead and doesn't have the funky green inlays like later versions. Great slim neck. Very loud unplugged! - Lloyd (Sales)
VG+++ with accessories, figured maple top with transparent purple finish, tuners replaced, Gibson '57 Classic neck pickup, HC ... SOLD
AG6482, 1966 Gibson Country Western
Don't let the as-is nature of this guitar bother you. Yes, there are some binding issues, but this CW is a working musician's friend. Sounds great plugged in or completely acoustic. - Wes (Sales)
cosmetically VG+, saddle slot filled and replaced with compensated bone saddle, LR Baggs M1 active soundhole pickup, tuners replaced, chipped edge trim on lower bout bass side of back, Martin HC, AS IS ... SOLD
AB9821, 1969 Martin N-20
I'm not telling you to completely follow in Willie's footsteps, but with this guitar you'd have at least one of his interesting songwriting tools on hand. - Wes (Sales)
VG+++ (except for finish damage on top where an attempt was made to remove what appears to have been autographs), beautifully figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, exact same model as used by Willie Nelson, HC ... SOLD
PA2737, 1970s Kustom 400 amp
"I need a heavy PA!" - Check! "I need a blue metal flake couch!" - Check! It's a public address system and could also easily transform to a comfy, decorative seat. The best of both worlds! - Tommy (Shipping/Sales)
VG, 400 Watt solid state head, six 15" speakers (two cabinets), sparkle blue covering, needs repair of left side output, AS IS ... SOLD
AM7901, 1960s Kay flattop
Great price, great tone, and it's as-is! - Tommy (Shipping/Sales)
VG+++, Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, gig bag ... SOLD
AB9514, New Martin 00-17S Black Smoke
This is a great almost-parlor-size guitar. The 12-fret neck makes every note jump out and say "Howdy!" I love this for fingerpicking, light strumming, and single note work. - Michael (Sales/Front Desk)
Sitka spruce top with ivoroid binding, mahogany back and sides, 12-fret neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, satin black finish, HC ... SOLD
AB9775, new Martin 000-17 Whiskey Sunset
Plenty of tone and volume for any musical type. The Whiskey Sunset finish has character and hutzpah! - Michael (Sales/Front Desk)
Sitka spruce top with ivoroid binding, mahogany back and sides, modified low oval neck with Performing Artist taper, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, tortoiseshell grain pickguard, sunburst finish, HC ... SOLD
PA2798, 1966 Sears Silvertone 1484 Twin Twelve amplifier
One of my all time favorites. A timeless, warm and loud sound. Plus, the portability is an often overlooked feature. - William (Inventory/Photography)
VG+++, 60 Watts, two 12" speakers, tremolo and reverb, piggyback design, professionally serviced, original two button foot switch, grey Tolex covering ... $900.00
EZ5573, 2008 Paul Reed Smith SC250 Private Stock #2047
I can't say enough good things about the details and impeccable craftsmanship of this stunning Private Stock single-cut PRS, but unfortunately, there really isn't room to go on and on in this setting. Just know I would if I could. - William (Inventory/Photography)
NM with Certificate of Authenticity, highly figured flame maple top with faded fire red finish, chambered mahogany body, mahogany neck, Macassar ebony fingerboard with mother of pear bordered red coral eagle and bird inlays, red coral and mother of pearl fingerboard border, headstock border and truss rod cover, humbucking pickups, 3-way switch, gold plated hardware, adjustable stop tailpiece, brown suede deluxe OHC ... SOLD
EA1525, 2016 Gibson Custom Shop '59 Reissue Flying V
Improved build construction and great workmanship. Lightweight, fun playing V! - Brandon (Repair)
original Certificate of Authenticity, mahogany construction with aged natural finish, gold plated hardware, 6.45 pounds, OHC ... SOLD
EF8875, early 1958 Fender Stratocaster
Everything you would want a vintage Strat to be! - Eric (President/GM)
VG+, refretted by Gruhn Guitars, tweed OHC ... SOLD
EF8872, 2005 Fender Custom Shop 1969 Stratocaster Relic
Very nice Custom Shop model. An excellent representation of a well played '69. - Eric (President/GM)
original Certificate of Authenticity, relic black finish, pickups wound by Abigail Ybarra, OHC ... SOLD
AB9514, New Martin 00-17S Black Smoke
Great combination of wood for a rich sound and great harmonics. My favorite aspect is Martin's satin finish which improves the tone big time by letting the woods breathe. - Julio (Repair)
Sitka spruce top with ivoroid binding, mahogany back and sides, 12-fret neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, satin black finish, HC ... SOLD
AM7902, new Larrivee 000-40 Rosewood / Moonwood
All solid wood and made in California! Love the open back etched tuners and deluxe case. - Julio (Repair)
12-fret, Austrian Alpine Spruce (Moonwood) top and parabolic bracing, Indian Rosewood wood back and sides, deluxe HC ... SOLD
EB6728, 2013 Gibson Les Paul MM18 R59 Stinger Series
This "Stinger Series" '59 Les Paul is part of a limited edition run of guitars originally designed by and sold exclusively at Music Machine of Kennewick, Washington (my home state!). - Joel (Repair)
NM with original Certificate of Authenticity and accessories, beautifully figured maple top from special wood pull, Burstbucker pickups, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, headstock stinger, OHC ... SOLD
BF3108, recent Fender, made in Japan, Jaguar Bass
This here is a lot of bass for the money. A LOT! - Joel (Repair)
NM, red finish, HC ... SOLD
UK1444, new Kala Elite USA Doghair Mahogany Tenor
Looks great! Sounds great! Made in the USA! - Rob (Sales)
handmade at the Kala Elite shop in Petaluma, California, 'Salt & Pepper' doghair finish, solid Honduran Mahogany neck, back and sides, ebony fingerboard, bridge, heel cap, and headstock overlay, bone saddle, Kala Elite hardcase and humidifier included ... $1,025.00
AM7893, 2012 Edmonds OM
Fine sounding OM-size guitar with beautiful Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a 1-3/4" nut width. - Rob (Sales)
EXF, red spruce top with herringbone edge trim, attractive Brazilian rosewood back, sides and peghead veneer, Waverly tuners, a fine handmade instrument, OHC ... SOLD
EZ5563, 1974 Guild S-50
I've been on the hunt for an old S-100 for quite some time, but this little black beauty sure is tempting in the meantime! Even more tempting - It's on sale this month at - Sarah (Operations Manager)
VG, black finish, single humbucking pickup, HC ... $1,000.00
AM7644, new Kevin Michael by McPherson Touring - Carbon Fiber Travel Guitar
We're offering this great little travel guitar for an exceptional price simply due to McPherson's recent rebranding of this line of fantastic carbon fiber guitars. Now's your chance to get one for a steal at - Sarah (Operations Manager)
proprietary design developed by Ellis Seal (former aerospace engineer and founder of Composite AcousticsĀ®) and McPherson Guitars, 22-3/4" scale length, finished carbon fiber top and headstock overlay, composite carbon fiber body, bracing, and compensated nut, white binding, an innovative acoustic guitar, HC and heavy duty padded gig bag ... SOLD
AA9951, 1940 Martin D-28
Incomparable tone. Big sound. One of the best sounding D-28s I've ever heard. - Doug (Repair)
EXC, neck reset and refret by Gruhn Guitars, original closed back Grover tuners, superb sound and playability, excellent condition OHC ... SOLD
EF8871, 1962 Fender Stratocaster
To me, '61 and '62 are the best years for rosewood fingerboard Strats. This is an excellent example in beautiful Olympic White finish with "green" guard. Superior tone and playability. Doug (Repair) / This is one of my favorite Strats in the building thanks to its original Olympic White finish, slab board, and flawless in-house refret. - Greg (Repair Dept Manager)
VG+++, Olympic white, thick slab fingerboard, refretted by Gruhn Guitars, 7.3 pounds, brown Tolex OHC ... SOLD