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Gruhn Staff Picks for November

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.

AM7919, 1999 McPherson MCBSS Prototype
"This McPherson prototype is an excellent example of a quality aged guitar. It has a smooth warm sound. A great value." - Glen (sales)
NM, bearclaw spruce top, beautifully figured maple back and sides, factory installed pickup with internal preamp, Ameritage OHC ... $5,500.00
EB6768, 2014 Gibson Historic Shop Les Paul R-9
"A beautiful example of a quality reissue. Beautiful top. Big tone. Everything you require from a Les Paul. Not overly heavy either" - David (repair)
NM with Gibson Certificate of Authenticity, beautifully figured maple top, tobacco sunburst finish, aged hardware, 8.6 lbs., OHC ... $4,750.00
EZ5615, 1965 Guild Thunderbird
"A very rare bird indeed! This guitar is all original, plays with ease and sounds very good! Also has a built in kick stand" - Lloyd (sales) "This guitar will always be cool. Plus, you never need a stand for it!" - Joel (repair)
EXC with exception of belt buckle wear on back, cherry red finish, rectangular OHC ... $5,750.00
AR4565, 1935 Gibson L-5
"The L-5 is the Cadillac of archtop guitars. This L-5 is a wonderful example and provides the top notch tone and feel these guitars are known for. I personally played a Gibson L-5 from the same era, so I know the joy. I also used to drive a Cadillac, but now I drive a Buick." - Wes (sales)
VG++, new replacement Kluson Deluxe tuners, refretted, minor repaired top crack extending from fingerboard, repaired heel crack (structurally strong and inconspicuous), repaired side crack (expert professional work), exceptionally powerful sound, formerly owned and used by Opry staff musician Steve Gibson, HC ... $7,500.00
AB10080, new Martin OMJM John Mayer
"A great sounding OM body size with a Engelmann spruce top. Sweet tonal balnce and has the cool Martin Thinline active pickup, ready to go and play!" - Billy (sales)
Engelmann spruce top, rosewood back and sides, herringbone top inlay, limited edition number 4857, HC ... MAP $3,759.00
MF8772, new Newson F-5
"Everything that makes a Loar F-5 great except the price." - Joe (appraisal dept.)
Adirondack spruce top, beautifully figured American hard maple neck, sides and one-piece back, shellac based hand rubbed finish, 1-1/8" nut width, radius fingerboard, a beautifully crafted exceptionally fine sounding instrument, TKL HC ... $8,500.00
AB10041, new Martin Custom J Baritone
"This guitar is incredible sounding, perfect for a baritone singer or a writer looking to explore a unique sound spectrum. Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, 16-7/8" lower bout width. Equipped with a Seymour Duncan D-tar muti source wave length pickup." - Rob (sales)
17" baritone with Sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, 27-5/8" scale length, 1-3/4" nut width, D-tar Wavelength Multi-Source pickup and microphone system electronics installed, HC ... $3,500.00
EB6760, 2014 Gibson Les Paul Artist Proof 001
"This guitar just looks great. I have played it and it also sound great. We had John's original Les Paul years ago and this is a faithful reproduction of his guitar." - Keith (sales) "I am in full agreement with Keith. This was my pick last month but I simply can't let it go, it is simply one of the finest reproduction Les Pauls I have ever encountered AND it was owned and used by Sebastian himself - super cool!!" - Eric (GM)
owned and used by John Sebastian - includes letter from Sebastian detailing the history of the instrument and hand signed strap, OHC ... $10,000.00
AM7922, new Collings Baby 2H Sunburst
"A wonderfully built small body guitar with great sound and a surprising tonal balance and volume. Not to meniton great playability and looks to boot!" - Billy (sales)
spruce top with sunburst finish and herringbone purfling, East Indian rosewood back and sides, 24-1/8" scale length, 1-3/4" nut width, Waverly tuners, HC. Serial Number 27042. ... $4,400.00
AA9952, new Martin DC-18E
"A performers guitar with Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides. Equipped with a Fishman VT Enhance Aura system pick up. Truly an excellent sounding instrument that can compliment any playing style." - Rob (sales)
cutaway, Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Fishman Aura VT Enhance electronics, HC ... MAP $3,059.00
EZ5614, 1966 Mosrite Joe Maphis 12/6 doubleneck
"Two necks are better then one. This is such a cool and quirky instrument that is all original!" - Lloyd (sales)
EXC, sunburst finish, six and twelve string necks, OHC (missing handle) ... $4,250.00
BM2966, 2011 Godin Shifter 4 bass
"Hidden deal of the century! This bass plays great and sounds like a Jazz and Precision yet with a little of it's own thing. Very versatile tool and at a great price." - Tony (repair)
NM with papers, original padded gig bag ... $750.00
AG6515, 1969 Gibson SJN
"Beautiful tone, impeccably clean for its age!" - Julio (repair)
EXC, highly figured curly mahogany back and sides, LR Baggs Lyric electronics, modern HC ... $3,000.00
BM2761, early 1990s Keith Roscoe SKB 5006 six-string bass
"An awesome instrument. Even response from top to bottom with a great "center pitch" low B string - really sings down there. Spalted top body with peghead veneer. A beautiful instrument that does what it was designed to do beautifully." - Tony - (repair)
EXF, maple/purple heart neck-thru, spalted maple top and back layers, Bartolini pickups, 18-volt Bartolini preamp, 3-band EQ, 1 of no more than 12 neck-thrus made by Roscoe, missing strap locks, OHC ... $2,450.00
EF8962, 2003 Fender, made in Mexico "Splattercaster"
" Super cool paint job. Body paint is smooth pickguard and back cover plate have texture. The finish is raised on both of these items. Just cool!" - Andy (repair)
NM, OHC ... $750.00
BM3044, 1976 Rickenbacker 4001
"Killer Rock bass that has been loved and played well. Great feeling neck and powerful bridge pickup." - Brandon (repair)
VG+, Jetglo black, Seymour Duncan pickups, professionally refretted, Hipshot bridge, padded gig bag ... $1,550.00
EZ5621, new Collings 290 Doghair
"This "Dog Hair" bites!! Great sounding TV Jones pickups give this puppy some real bark! The neck is one of the best feeling necks ever! An amazing guitar." - Tommy (shipping/sales)
select solid mahogany body and neck with Doghair finish, rosewood fingerboard, 24-7/8" scale length, 12" radius, pearloid pickguard, TV Jones Classic neck pickup and TV Jones Classic Plus bridge pickup, Bigsby vibrato, deluxe Ameritage HC. Serial number 290171404. ... $3,700.00
EB6768, 2014 Gibson Historic Shop Les Paul R-9
"Amazing flame top and burst color. Attention to detail is superb and overall feel is very comfortable." - Brandon (repair)
NM with Gibson Certificate of Authenticity, beautifully figured maple top, tobacco sunburst finish, aged hardware, 8.6 lbs., OHC ... $4,750.00
EG3417, 2011 Gretsch Duo Jet
"I am a fan of the Duo Jet. I have owned and used a 1963 model for many years now. This recent example is a very enjoyable guitar to play. I find these guitars well suited for rock music, country and western music, and ambient space guitar rants. Go ahead, buy this guitar and drift off into space." - Wes (sales)
EXC, TV Jones Filter'Tron pickups, OHC ... $1,850.00
JA6607, 1940 Gibson PB-7 5-string conversion
"Top-tension banjo with exact replica five-string conversion neck by Robin Smith. Extremely clean and original direct from South Africa. Everything that makes a pre-World War II flathead banjo great, power, tone and response." - Joe (appraisal dept.)
EXF, 40 hole flathead tone ring (factory original), exact reproduction 5-string neck by Robin Smith, comes with original Geib hard shell case, plectrum neck and palm mute assembly, modern HC, a superb sounding instrument ... $45,000.00
AA10127, new Martin Custom D-18 Sinker Mahogany
"I can't say more good things about any of these Mahogany Martin guitars. Some of the best new Martins I've ever heard. Good strong fundamental tone. Will end up being the next collectible guitar in the future." - Andy (repair)
Adirondack 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 ... $3,750.00
AG6524, 1965 Gibson J-50 Hank Locklin
"Full of personality in sound, Locklin loved this guitar for a good reason!" - Julio (repair)
VG+, added double pickguards, owned and extensively used by Grand Ole Opry star Hank Locklin, comes with documentation from his son Hank Adam Locklin and copy of album Generations in Song album cover showing Locklin with this guitar, OHC ... $6,000.00
EB6773, 2016 Gibson Historic Shop Reissue Les Paul "Gruhn Burst"
"Named after George Gruhn for his involvement with the "holy grail" it was modeled after. This limited edition Collectors Choice replica of a '59 sunburst Les Paul is nothing short of a instant classic." - Greg (repair shop mgr.) "The Collector's Choice "Gruhn Burst" models are incredibly rare and some of the finest 1959 replicas ever produced. It is a treat to have such a fine instrument in the Gruhn inventory." - Eric (GM)
as new with Certificate of Authenticity, OHC ... $7,500.00
AB10056, 1939 Martin 000-18
"Here is a great example of a guitar that's on the cusp of the coveted "Pre-War" badge of honor. Deep, full tones coupled with the well known bell like Martin characteristics can be found in this beautiful all mahogany instrument. Priced well at $15,000.00." - Greg (repair shop mgr.)
VG++, refretted by Gruhn Guitars, excellent sound, HC ... $15,000.00
EF8907, 1967 Fender Coronado II
"This guitar plays great and has a unique tone all its own" - Joel (repair)
EXC, SC ... $2,000.00
EZ5619, 2015 Glendale "Retro Blackguard"
"Occasionally, one reaches out and grabs me - this Tele style blows me away! Amazing playing "V" maple neck, very light swamp ash body...a total playing experience!" - Tommy (sales/shipping)
NM, two-piece swamp ash body with thin butterscotch urethane finish, hard V-shape maple neck, MojoTone ’52 Quiet Coil Tele pickups, double cut bridge plate with Twang saddle set, brass string ferrules, 6lbs 13oz, PSG gig bag ... $2,500.00