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Gruhn Staff Picks for December

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.

EZ5622, 1987 Ibanez Jem #173 (JEM777LNG)
"This guitar is a really cool example of a Jem. Steve Vai signed and numbered this guitar on the back. There were only 777 made and this is number 173. I feel it is a very collectable Ibanez guitar." - Keith (sales) "I have extremely fond memories of how Rock & Roll was changing in the 1980s. This guitar is very symbolic of that era and how it introduced a new generation of guitar heroes." - Eric (GM)
VG+, Loch Ness green "Monkey Grip" body, original Dimarzio pickups, original Ibanez "Edge" Floyd Rose licensed tremolo, pyramid fingerboard inlays, limited edition #173 of 777 - back of guitar signed and numbered by Steve Vai, OHC ... $4,250.00
EB6768, 2014 Gibson Historic Shop Les Paul R-9
"I really like this guitar, it has a great looking top and the upgrated Gibson parts make it a very cool example of a 1959 reissue. It is also a great weight and really rings." - Keith (sales)
NM with Gibson Certificate of Authenticity, beautifully figured maple top, tobacco sunburst finish, aged hardware, 8.6 lbs., OHC ... $4,750.00
EF8973, recent Fender, made in Mexico Graffiti Stratocaster
"Here we have a great guitar with lots of character, all for under $700. Made in Mexico Fenders are known as affordable guitars that function at a high level. They are truly the instrument of choice for the working musician." - Greg (Repair Shop Mgr.)
EXF, tweed HC ... $650.00
BF3105, 1993 Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe 5-string
"This one is a sleeper! Do you want a five string that doesn’t have a football field for a fingerboard? - this is your bass. More narrow than some but still comfortable and playable- the perfect  nut width for a 5 string (in my humble opinion). Also has that great fundamental bass sound - not all hifi like some boutique 5 strings. Added bonus - for a while Fender owned and manufactured Kubicki basses giving them access to some very versatile electronics that they then put on some Fender instruments- this is one of those. This is a great instrument and tool and the B string also has great fundamental (not always the case with some more traditional style 5 string instruments). You will not be sorry you added this to your arsenal." - Tony (repair)
EXF, metallic blue burst finish, EMG pickups with rotary selector, OHC ... $1,250.00
EA1526, 2001 Gibson Flying V LTD
"No frills Flying V for just over a grand! An affordable instrument that has something to say on any stage or bedroom. This flying machine comes in its original hard shell case for no extra cost." - Greg (Repair Shop Mgr.)
NM, cherry red finish, OHC ... $1,100.00
BF3133, Fender (made in Japan) Geddy Jazz Bass
This made in Japan bass brings the goods with a great fundamental Jazz Bass sound and a little added sizzle from the maple fingerboard and slightly hotter pickups. This sounds a little fatter than some of this signature model I’ve played. Crank up Tom Sawyer, play along, and you will instantly hear that tone you know so well (it really does sound like Geddy Lee’s Bass !) talk about a bargain!!" - Tony (repair)
EXC, black finish, black block fingerboard inlays, padded gig bag ... $750.00
AB10097, 1925 Ditson (by Martin) 0-18
"This guitar will surprise you with its beautiful warm tone. Definitely a finger style guitar that will respond to lightest of touch. A strong example of what Martin did well for this period of instrument making. Bravo!!!" - Andy (repair)
VG+++, neck reset and refret by Gruhn Guitars, period correct end-opening soft case ... $4,500.00
EB6734, 1992 Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus
"I like the neck carve on these early Les Paul Classics, I also like that they say "Les Paul Model" on the peghead instead of "Classic". This one is in a rare transparent purple finish and plays all of the rock music." - Lloyd (sales)
VG+++ with accessories, figured maple top with transparent purple finish, tuners replaced, Gibson '57 Classic neck pickup, HC ... $2,000.00
EG3421, 2010 Gretsch 6136T-LDS White Falcon
"This mint condition White falcon is a beautiful example at a great price. Plays like butter!" - Glen (sales) "I have played a few White Falcons, and a lot of Gretsch guitars, old and new ... this one is special.  I couldn't put it down." - William (photography) "Ah yes, The White Falcon. Do you want to rule the stage? Do you want to be coolest guitar player at the gig? If you answered yes, I suggest you choose this White Falcon." - Wes (sales)
M, Dynasonic pickups, engraved humptop inlays, OHC ... $3,000.00
AB10095, 1931 Martin OM-28
"A great example of an Orchestra model Martin. Strong volume with a rich bass end but not over powering." - Andy (repair)
EXF, neck professionally reset and bridge replaced, a superb instrument, OSC ... $48,500.00
AA9589, new Martin Custom D-21 Guatemalan Rosewood
"Sweet tone and huge sound define this wonderful dreadnought guitar. The Guatemalan rosewood gives this instrument a deliciously warm tonal quality. The feel of this neck is great. The guitar is so well balanced tonally and physically.   These custom guitars are only available at Gruhn Guitars." - Tommy (shipping)
Adirondack spruce top, Guatemalan rosewood 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
AM8015, new Larrivee D-40 Rosewood/Moonwood
"This Larrivee Custom order D-40 is a great playing powerful guitar. It has the Austrian Moonwood spruce top. It also has a beautiful custom inlay on the headstock. A spectacular value!" - Glen (sales)
Austrian red spruce ("Moonwood") top, Indian rosewood back and sides, torch headstock inlay, deluxe HC ... $1,775.00
AB8858, new Martin Custom 00-21S 12-fret Madagascar
"Exquisite in playability and sound, this small body 12 fret is a true joy to play. The neck is just so easy and the sound is glorious!" - Tommy (shipping)
Adirondack spruce top, Madagascar rosewood back and sides, 12-fret Spanish cedar neck with T-bar reinforcement, slotted headstock, flamed koa binding, ebony bridge and fingerboard, hide glue, 1-3/4" nut width, Waverly open-back tuners with ebony knobs, HC ... $4,775.00
AA9702, 1939 Martin D-18
"Insanely clean and original, light as a feather, thin V profile neck, pre-war mahogany sound to die for." - Joe (appraisals)
EXF, neck reset, refret, and new bridge by Gruhn Guitars, exceptionally fine sound and playability, period HC ... $30,000.00
EF8948, 1960 Fender Stratocaster
"Clay dot Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, incredible blend on the three-tone sunburst finish, mint green pickguard, archetypal 1960 "thin" neck, pre-CBS Stratocaster goodness doesn't get better than this." - Joe (appraisals)
EXC, three-tone sunburst (very little red fading), brown Tolex OHC ... $25,000.00
EX1252, new Collings I-35
"Faded cherry finish solid wood model. Mahogany body with a figured maple top "Lollar low wind imperial pick ups Gotoh tuners. A fine playing, extraordinary piece of craftsmanship from the people at Collings Guitars. I personally own one of these and play it all the time. This guitar will accommodate various styles of playing." - Rob (sales)
bound semi-hollow mahogany body with figured maple top, faded cherry finish, Lollar low-wind Imperial humbuckers, 1950's wiring scheme, Tone-Pros hardware, Gotoh tuners with vintage style buttons, serial number 14816, HC ... $4,775.00
AT5936, new Taylor K24CE 12-fret Limited Edition
"Beautiful looking and smooth playing with a nice balanced tone." - Billy (sales)
Grand Auditorium size, highly figured koa top, back and sides, cutaway, factory installed Taylor Expression System 2 electronics, HC ... MAP $4,499.00
AB9946, 1944 Martin 000-28
"This guitar has been re-finished by the fine folks at Martin Guitars in 2012. It plays beautifully and sounds exceptional. This is a player's guitar - high performance at a more affordable price." - Rob (sales)
cosmetically EXF, completely refinished by Martin in 2012, refretted by Gruhn Guitars, modern Geib style Martin HC ... $10,000.00
EZ5572, late 1960s Coral Scorpion 12-string
"Vincent Bell design - This is a 12-string but is set up as a 6-string which actually makes the guitar much more functional. It features two lipstick pickups, four slider switches and three knobs and produces a myriad of vintage tones. Especially when paired with a blackface Princeton Reverb." - Doug (repair)
body refinished, Vincent Bell signature design, OHC ... $1,000.00
AM7935, c. 1930 Kona Style III
"This instrument produces warm and "bassy" tones with an almost vocal quality. Very resonsive instrument, versitile across a wide spectrum of musical styles." - Doug (repair)
VG+++, Hawaiian koa wood construction, rope binding on fingerboard, top edge, and sound hole, no case ... $3,500.00