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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.

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...$3,500.00
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...$2,000.00
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...$2,500.00
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 ...MSLP: $2,299.00
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, grey Tolex covering...$1,000.00
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...$4,750.00
BM3010, 2012 Mike Lull PJ4
Great sounding and playing bass. Nice color and wood selection. - Brandon (Repair)
NM with papers, Aguilar pickup, OHC...$2,500.00
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...$3,500.00
EF8875, early 1958 Fender Stratocaster
Everything you would want a vintage Strat to be! - Eric (President/GM)
VG+, refretted by Gruhn Guitars, tweed OHC...$25,000.00
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, OHC...$2,650.00
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 ...MSLP: $2,299.00
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...$7,000.00
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...$750.00
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...$3,850.00
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 ...$2,400.00
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...$65,000.00