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The Earl Scruggs Collection

Gruhn Guitars is pleased to offer a selection of guitars and banjos from the personal collection of Earl Scruggs for sale to the public.  This collection contains several historic instruments, as well as prototypes and stage instruments.  Earl sold many banjos and guitars during his career, but this collection represents the last chance for musicians and collectors alike to own one of his instruments.

To watch Charlie Cushman and Joe Spann discuss the Earl Scruggs Collection click here. 

AG6545, 1991 Gibson Advanced Jumbo
EXF, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn), Sitka spruce top with sunburst finish, rosewood neck, back and sides, rosewood fingerboard with Advanced Jumbo style mother of pear inlays, fire stripe pickguard, Gibson Deluxe tuners, comes with strap used by Earl, used on stage during many 'Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends' performances (1998 - 2001), OHC ... SOLD
AM8008, c.1964 Gower Dreadnought size
G, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays, missing tuners, saddle and bridge pin; built by famous Nashville luthier J.W. Gower who also constructed the mahogany neck used by Earl in his Granada from 1958 - 1971, SC ... SOLD
CB0070, Price 5-string HCS
EXC, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); fiberglass construction, white exterior with green plush lining ... SOLD
CB0071, Mark Leaf 5-string banjo case
VG+, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); fiberglass construction with black exterior and purple plush interior lining, "Earl Scruggs Revue" stenciled on exterior; used extensively by Earl from c. 1970 until his passing ... SOLD
CB0072, Mark Leaf 5-string banjo case
VG++, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); fiberglass construction, built in hygrometer, black exterior with burgundy plush interior, comes with documentation from Leaf in case pocket ... SOLD
JA6616, c.1890 W.A. Cole Banjeaurine
VG+, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); original five-string mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and mother of pearl inlays, 11" head diameter, replacement cut mandolin tuners with pearl buttons, replacement 5th-string peg and replacement tailpiece, no case ... SOLD
JA6617, c.1925 unlabeled 18-fret open back 5-string banjo
VG, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); added 5th-string peg, maple neck with pear wood fingerboard, metal clad rim, 11" calf skin head, friction tuners, nickel plated metal hardware, no case ... SOLD
JA6618, c.1886 unlabelled New York five-string fretless
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VG+, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); distributed by August Pollmann, open back, 10--3/4" skin head, cast eagle bracket shoes, replaced tuners and tailpiece, missing bracket shoes and brackets, no case ... SOLD
JA6621, c.1940 Gibson Uncle Dave Macon's Custom RB
VG+, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); custom built by Gibson for early Grand Ole Opry performer Uncle Dave Macon, purchased by Earl Scruggs in 1965 from Macon's son Dorris; used by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on the 1972 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken to record "Soldier's Joy" banjo duet with Earl, McEuen also played this banjo on the Scruggs-McEuen banjo duet "Carolina Traveler" for McEuen's String Wizards 1991 CD; the strings on the banjo have never been changed since purchased by Earl; open back, straight grain maple neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with Style 1 fingerboard inlays, extensive play wear, HC ... SOLD
JA6622, 1991 Gibson Custom Shop Earl Scruggs '49 Classic Prototype
NM, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); curly maple neck and resonator, nickel plated metal hardware, rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl bowtie inlays, D tuners; head shows playing wear from Earl, OHC ... SOLD
JA6623, Krishot archtop five-string
NM, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); mahogany neck and resonator, nickel plated metal hardware, rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl flying eagle inlays, D tuners, OHC ... SOLD
JA6624, c. 2002 Gibson Flint Hill Special
NM, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); curly maple neck and resonator, gold plated metal hardware with Style 6 engraving, ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl hearts and flowers inlays, abalone edge trim on peghead, tailpiece is cracking but not separated, OHC ... SOLD
JA6626, 1984 Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard Prototype
VG+, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); curly maple neck and resonator, nickel plated metal hardware, ebony fingerboard with hearts and flowers inlays, D tuners, head shows play wear by Earl, the fifth prototype from the original 1984 Earl Scruggs model, OHC ... SOLD
JA6629, c.1960 Vega Earl Scruggs Custom
EXC, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); straight grain maple neck, gold plated and engraved hardware, Vega Vox style resonator, cam type D tuners, ebony fingerboard with engraved mother of pearl rectangular block inlays, photographs of this banjo appear in the "Earl Scruggs and the 5 String Banjo" instruction book, Gibson HC ... SOLD
JA6628, 1995 Gibson Earl Scruggs Special
NM, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); shows playing wear by Scruggs on head, curly maple neck and resonator, gold plated metal hardware with Bella Voce style engraving, abalone hearts and flowers fingerboard inlays, abalone trim on neck, peghead, fingerboard, resonator and facsimile signature on back of resonator, D tuners, comes with leather strap; strings and tools used by Earl, OHC ... SOLD
JA6630, 1991 Gibson Earl Scruggs Golden Deluxe
NM, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); curly maple neck and resonator, gold plated metal hardware with Granada style engraving, ebony fingerboard with hearts and flowers mother of pearl inlays; this is the prototype for the Golden Deluxe model, OHC ... SOLD
JA6632, 1968 Vega Earl Scruggs Soloist
VG+, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); straight grain maple neck and resonator, nickel plated metal hardware, ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl inlays, D tuners, shows extensive playing wear by Earl; older Vega hard shell case which appears in many photographs of Flatt & Scruggs ... SOLD
JA6634, 1984 Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard Prototype #0001
VG+, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); curly maple neck and resonator, nickel plated metal hardware, ebony fingerboard with hearts and flowers inlays, D tuners, head shows playing wear by Earl; the first prototype of the original 1984 Earl Scruggs model, OHC ... SOLD
JA6635, 2000 Gibson Earl Scruggs Special
NM, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); curly maple neck and resonator, gold plated hardware with Bella Voce style engraving, ebony fingerboard with abalone hearts and flower inlays, abalone edge trim on peghead, fingerboard, neck and resonator, has custom floral abalone inlay on resonator back, comes with original strap, OHC ... SOLD
JA6636, 2002 Gibson Flint Hill Special
NM, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); curly maple neck and resonator, gold plated hardware with Style 6 engraving, ebony fingerboard with hearts and flowers inlays, solid mother of pearl buttons, abalone edge trim on peghead, OHC; this instrument was a special gift presented to Scruggs when he recieved a Gibson Lifetime Achievement award on February 28, 2002 ... SOLD
JA6637, 1987 Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard Prototype
EXF, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); curly maple neck and resonator sides, non-figured resonator back, nickel plated metal hardware, ebony fingerboard with hearts and flowers inlays, D tuners, no case; this is the prototype for the revised Earl Scruggs model which was formerly on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ... SOLD
MF8786, c.1938 Belltone banjo-mandolin
VG+, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); beech wood neck and resonator, 11" calf skin head, Original soft shell case with faux alligator skin exterior covering ... SOLD
AT5935, 2003 Taylor Baby Taylor 305-GB
EXF, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); spruce top, sapele back and sides, no case ... SOLD
JA6627, 2002 Gibson The Earl
NM, from the estate of Earl Scruggs (comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Scruggs and George Gruhn); rosewood neck and resonator, silver plated hardware with gold plated tone ring, Florentine style engraving, one piece flange, 24k gold plated truss rod cover with engraved signature, abalone fingerboard inlays with brass edges, solid mother of pearl tuner buttons, portrait of Earl on back of resonator; #1 of 5 produced, deluxe leather covered Gibson hard shell case with hygrometer and thermometer ... $35,000.00