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Gruhn Guitars John Hartford



John Hartford (1937-2001) first gained recognition in the late 1960s as the writer of "Gentle on My Mind." His individualistic songwriting and banjo style landed him a regular guest spot on The Smothers Brothers Show and The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. His 1971 Aereo-plain album was a major influence on the "progressive bluegrass" movement. Later in his career he turned his attention to old-time fiddling, and he became one of the key artists in the O Brother phenomenon.

Gruhn Guitars is pleased to offer these banjos and fiddles formerly owned and played by John Hartford:

JA5635 Deering John Hartford, 1986, structurally EXC, extensively played by John Hartford, still in the condition in which John left it, HC......SOLD
Full view | Close of body | Headstock | Back of headstock| Back of neck | Back view | Back of body | Side view

JA5636 Stelling TimberTone Hartford, Feb. 10, 1983, EXC, Stelling's first TimberTone banjo (model later called the Hartford T) and the first Stelling owned by John Hartford, extensively played by John and used on his Gum Tree Canoe album, still in the condition in which John left it, OHC......SOLD
Full view | Close of body | Headstock | Back of headstock| Back of neck | Back view | Back of body | Rim | Side view

VF2515 French violin labeled C.N. Collin Mezin, late 1800s, EXC, attractive one-piece back, fancy double purfling with pearl and ebony checkered trim on front and back, HC......SOLD
Full view | Close of body | Headstock | Back of neck | Back view | Back of body | Side view

VF2512 unlabeled German violin, mid 1800s, VG++, well-figured one-piece back, used extensively by Hartford, HC......SOLD
Full view | Close of body | Headstock | Back of neck | Back view | Back of body | Side view

VF2513 unlabeled German violin, late 1800s, VG, attractive original pearl inlay on back, extensively used by Hartford, HC......SOLD
Full view | Close of body | Headstock | Back of neck | Back view | Back of body | Side view

VF2514 Charles Horner violin, 1994, EXF, beautifully figured one-piece back, one of Hartford's favorite personal violins, HC......SOLD
Full view | Close of body | Headstock | Back of neck | Back view | Back of body | Side view