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Gruhn Staff Picks for August

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.

AA9517, new Martin Custom D-21 Cocobolo
"Custom design by George Gruhn - Adirondack spruce top, Cocobolo back and sides, koa binding and T-bar neck reinforcement. A spectacular guitar to play with clarity and tone that will appease the most critical ear." - Rob (sales)
Adirondack spruce top, Cocobolo back and sides, 14-fret mahogany neck with T-bar reinforcement, flamed koa binding, ebony bridge and fingerboard, hide glue, 1-3/4" nut width, Waverly open-back tuners, Custom Shop HC ...$4,550.00
EF8918, 1966 Fender Jazzmaster
"I love a good Jazzmaster - this one plays and sounds great." - Joel (repair)
VG+++, bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, black tolex covered OHC...$3,950.00
BM3028, 1994 Warwick custom 4-string Brazilian rosewood Thumb Bass owned by Jack Bruce
"Not only is this a piece of history - it plays and sounds great. Really great!" - Tony (repair)
EXF, owned and used by Jack Bruce (one of five Warwick basses used routinely), top signed by Bruce "To my friend Dopp (road manager) - Love, Jack Bruce", LED lights on side of fingerboard, according to Warwick this is one of two constructed of Brazilian rosewood, padded gig bag, comes with letters from Dopp and Warwick...$125,000.00
AA10031, new Martin Custom D-18 Sinker Mahogany / torrefied Sitka
"Nice warm voicing with plenty of depth and smooth balance. Easy playability." - Billy (sales)
torrefied Sitka spruce top, Sinker Mahogany neck, neck block, back, sides and end block (old growth mahogany cut between 1880 and early 1920's in Belize, a quality no longer available on trees cut today), 1-3/4" nut width, Golden Era bracing, Geib style HC ...$3,150.00
AB9840, 1959 Martin 00-28G
"I am a sucker for the tone and playability of a Martin nylon string guitar from the big folk scene days of the late 1950s and early 1960s - as James Taylor once called them." - Michael (sales)
VG+++, beautifully figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, modern molded HC...$3,950.00
AR4443, new Duff L-5C
This is a great 16" cutaway from Paul Duff. Premium grade hand made instrument that comes well protected in a heavy duty flight case." - Greg (management)
16" cutaway, Cremona brown sunburst varnish finish, a superb hand crafted instrument, Presto heavy-duty flight case...$10,500.00
PA2837, 1963 Gibson GA79 RVT
"In excellent condition with original speakers from 1963. This is one of my favorite all-time amps and this is one of the cleanest ones I have ever encountered." - William (inventory/photography) "This is a superb example of an RVT. These are excellent studio amplifiers with great form and function all with a super cool design" - Eric (president)
EXF, original speakers, professionally serviced, grey Tolex covering...$2,250.00
AB9541, new Martin OM-18 Authentic 1933
"Excellent note seperation for finger picking adn plenty of volume for rhythm." - Joe (appraisals)
new design with torrefied Adirondack spruce shade top, mahogany back and sides, VTS (Vintage Tone System) bracing and finish, hide glue construction, period correct appointments, HC...MSLP: $6,599.00
EG3413, 2016 Gretsch White Falcon 6136T
"This White Falcon is a spectacular guitar at a great price. Wonderful sounding TV Jones pickups - plays and sounds as beautiful as it looks. Two thumbs up!" - Glen (sales)
M with papers, original TV Jones pickups, OHC...$3,000.00
ED2302, 1964 Gibson Firebird III
"This Firebird has been played and loved and loved its whole life. It feels and sounds great." - Keith (sales)
VG++ (belt buckle wear on back through finish), refretted by Gruhn Guitars, pickguard shrunken and cracked at screw holes, OHC...$8,000.00
AA10081, new Martin D-35E
"Martin has finally started building standard model guitars with LR Baggs pickups in them. If you are looking for an acoustic electric to perform or record with, look no further." - Rob (sales)
Sitka spruce top, 3 piece East Indian rosewood back, East Indian rosewood sides, bound fingerboard, LR Baggs Anthem electronics, molded HC ...$3,000.00
EB6754, 2001 Gibson Les Paul Standard Raw Power
"This is your "sleeper" Les Paul. Not a lot of finish but a whole lot of tone. Plays and sounds amazing - the more you play it the better it looks. Truly a really great guitar." - Doug (repair)
VG+++, natural top with light satin finish, 9.1 lbs, OHC...$2,000.00
BF3104, 1975 Fender Jazz bass
"Super clean, great playing, great sounding vintage bass at an unbelievable price. If you need one it would behoove you to get this one. Really sweet punchy sounding bass that is even from top to bottom." - Tony (repair)
body professionally refinished, replacement pickguard, modern Fender vintage replica black Tolex covered HC...$2,750.00
EZ5595, 1978 Paul Reed Smith Custom 12-string
"Everything about this guitar is cool,from the builder to the owner! Historically it is very important to the world of rock and roll and to world of guitar building. How can anyone pick this up and not play "Crazy on you"??" - Lloyd (sales)
EXF, customized for and formerly owned and used extensively by Nancy Wilson of Heart since 1978 - comes with hand written letter from Nancy documenting ownership and history as well as signed photographs of Nancy with the guitar, one of the earliest documented guitars produced by Paul Reed Smith, rough Gibson HC. A historically important instrument from the maker as well as a highly significant originally owned piece of Rock & Roll memorabilia....$75,000.00
PA2808, 1986 Mesa Boogie Mark III
"Tons of tones and plenty of power packed into a compact form in this amp." - Joel (repair)
EXC, early version, original 12" EV speaker, professionally serviced, black Tolex covering with original cover...$1,150.00
AT5853, new Taylor 814CE-SB DLX
"Crisp balanced tonal voicing, smooth playing comfortable neck. Excellent songwriter style guitar and works great with a capo." - Billy (sales)
Sitka spruce top with tobacco sunburst, Indian rosewood back and sides, Taylor Expression System 2 electronics, wood pickguard, deluxe HC. New appointments include Adirondack spruce bracing, new contoured rosewood armrest, chrome Gotoh tuners, maple binding and backstrip. ...MSLP: $5,398.00
AR4554, 1915 Gibson Style O
"I love this Style O! Though it is not an everyday guitar, the style O is truly unique a playing experience. Party like it is 1915 and choose this fine instrument." - Wes (sales)
VG+, owned and used by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (includes hand written letter from McEuen), missing pickguard, OHC...$8,000.00
AM7073, 1981 Paul McGill, Nashville, TN steel-string cutaway
This is a great steel string cutaway built by the great Nashville luthier Paul McGill. He is responsible for many well known artist's instruments - this one truly sings." - Michael (sales)
EXF, cedar top, wenge back and sides (similar in appearance to rosewood), a very fine handmade instrument by a noted Nashville luthier, Martin HC...$2,750.00
EF8536, 1970 Fender Stratocaster
"Post CBS Stratocaster with lots of mojo! The "faux burst" finish is a nice touch that comes from a special period in Fender history." - Greg (management)
EXC, original "Faux Burst" finish, HC...$7,000.00
AB9951, new Martin GP-35E
This new Martin GP-35E is equipped with an LR Baggs Anthem pickup and has the three piece back in teh vein of the D-35. A highly versatile and great sounding new Martin guitar." - William (inventory/photography)
Sitka spruce top, three-piece Indian rosewood back, Indian rosewood sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge, modified low oval neck with Performing Artist taper, factory installed LR Baggs Anthem electronics, HC ...$3,000.00
EZ5591, new Collings 290 DC
"Love the P-90 sound of the 1950s Les Paul Specials? This guitar is a unique combination of that guitar accompanied by the playability of the early SGs. The double cutaway gives you easy access and the amazing neck shape offers comfortable playability!" - Tommy (shipping)
double cutaway solid body with Faded Crimson high gloss finish, Jason Lollar hand-wound P90 bridge and neck pickups, Kluson ABR-1 with stop tailpiece, deluxe Ameritage HC. Serial number 17317...$2,975.00
EB6752, 1988 Gibson Les Paul Custom
"Excellent example of a late 1980s Custom. This particular one has my very favorite neck profile - ultra comfortable and super fast. the pickups sound fantastic as well." - Brandon (repair)
EXC, Gibson Protector OHC...$3,250.00
AB9924, new Martin Custom 0000-28H
"Stylishly beautiful and amazing playability. The modern V neck plays fantastic. Want big sound and easy playability - get both in a beautiful package." - Tommy (shipping)
Adirondack spruce top with scalloped bracing, herringbone top trim, Indian rosewood back and sides, modified 'V' neck with Style 45 neck ornamentation with snowflake inlays, "zipper" backstripe, old style full length saddle, 1-3/4" nut width, bone nut and saddle, Waverly tuners, ivoroid bindings, an extraordinary sounding instrument, deluxe Geib style HC ...$4,350.00
EF8877, 2008 Fender Custom Shop 1959 Stratocaster Relic
Beautiful Custom Shop Strat. I really enjoy the color of the body adn selection of wood for the neck. Excellent playing and sounding guitar." - Brandon (repair)
like new with Certificate of Authenticity (some accessories in case pocket), Charcoal Frost Metallic, OHC...$2,750.00
AB9961, new Martin 00-28VS
"Very comfortable and amazing playability. Perfect balance and tone - "smooth" would be a good word to use in describing this guitar". - Julio (repair)
12-fret slot-head neck, herringbone trim, Waverly tuners, Geib style HC ...$3,675.00
EH6770, 1955 Gibson ES-175D
"Here is an icon. The work horse of jazz guitar and also fusion blues and rock. Warm and round sound, it handles distortion better than most archtops." - Julio (repair)
EXC, professionally refretted, replacement tailpiece, brown OHC with pink plush lining...$4,850.00