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Gruhn Staff Picks for October

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.

AR4565, 1935 Gibson L-5
"This L-5 is one of the best I have played.. and I have played a lot of L-5's... and I use one on a weekly basis" - 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
AM7889, new Larrivee D-10 Rosewood
"This Larrivee D-10 is a custom order of the flagship model. The Austrian "moonwood" is a fantastic tone wood. Two thumbs up!" - Glen (sales)
Austrian red spruce ("Moonwood") top, rosewood back and sides with flame maple binding, abalone rosette, purfling, and fingerboard and torch headstock inlay, gloss finish, deluxe HC ... MSLP $4,748.00
AR4355, 1992 Gudelsky archtop
"D'angelico, D'aquisto and then there was Gudelsky; the last and final name in the lineage. He apprenticed under Jimmy D'Aquisto for a brief period of time but his influence is evident. Gudelskys do not come up for sale often, and when they do, collectors jump on the opportunity to buy a piece of history. His tragic and untimely death officially puts an end to this American made story." - Greg (Repair Shop Manager)
NM, 15-1/8" body width, figured maple back and sides, AKG piezo and microphone pickup system, 2" nut width, non-radius fingerboard, a fine sounding instrument by a well-known student of Jimmy D'Aquisto, heavy duty OHC ... $5,500.00
PA2795, recent Marshall Lead 12 mini stack
Need a rockin' sound for small gig or man cave? This baby Marshall is for you! With 12 watts of love through 2 Celestion 10" speakers and gain and volume you can dial in all the dirt you need! Sharp red tolex and a mini price completes the deal!" - Tommy (shipping)
NM, 12 Watt solid state head, two 10" Celestion speakers, red Tolex covering ... $500.00
EF8948, 1960 Fender Stratocaster
"Clean and original sweet Stratocaster from 1960. The 1960 and 1961 models always seem to feel and sound the best to me. This one definitely does not disappoint!" - Doug (repair)
EXC, three-tone sunburst (very little red fading), brown Tolex OHC ... $25,000.00
EE1890, 1961 Epiphone Casino
"Great sounding P-90 – single pickup makes this an easy working instrument – plug in and go!" - Lin (repair)
EXC, single pickup, professionally refretted, metal peghead logo plate missing, gig bag ... $3,300.00
EF8941, 2006 Fender Custom Shop 1960s Stratocaster Relic
"This guitar plays like butter – I love the Ice Blue Metallic relic finish. Feels “broken in” and ready to enjoy." - Brandon (repair)
Ice Blue Metallic, brown Tolex covered OHC ... $3,250.00
BM3039, 1982 Music Man Sting Ray
"This bass has the "sizzly" top and authoritative growling lows we have come to know and love and StingRays." - Joel (repair)
VG++, original four bolt neck, rough OHC ... $1,850.00
BF3116, 1979 Fender Precision
"Punchy, punchy, punchy! Great “almost a Jazz Bass” neck. Uber clean, great deal." - Tony (repair)
EXF, black finish, 1980s Fender HC ... $2,500.00
AB10013, new Martin CEO-7
"My favorite new Martin. Small and comfortable body size. Warm and full of tone – one of the most versatile flat tops on the market today." - David (repair)
Adirondack spruce top with gloss sunburst finish, mahogany back and sides, 00 slope shoulder, ebony bridge and fingerboard, Geib style HC ... MAP $2,629.00
EZ5611, new Danelectro 56 Vintage Baritone
"If I did not already have one of these baritones, I would immediately buy this. There is nothing cooler at this price point." - Wes (sales)
29-3/4" scale length, semi-hollow body, aqua finish, two lipstick pickups, contemporary style F-hole, no case ... $450.00
EZ5576, 2010 Tom Anderson Drop Top
"This is truly an amazing guitar - if you were to order one of these new you would be on a long, long waiting list. An extremely high caliber instrument in MINT condition at an unbeatable price." - Eric (GM)
M, alder body, quilted maple top with Cajun Red/Black Burst, maple neck with dark stain finish, rosewood fingerboard, tremolo with locking tuners, H-S-S pickup configuration, 5-way switch with coil tap and boost switch, Buzz Feiten tempered tuning system, OHC ... $2,000.00
EF8955, 1950 Fender Broadcaster
"This Broadcaster has the vibe! Due to some alterations it has an affordable status but the soul remains intact!" - Keith (sales)
body professionally refinished by RS Guitarworks, back of neck professionally refinished, bridge pickup rewound by Gruhn Guitars, 6.65 pounds, excellent condition "thermometer bulb" OHC ... $27,500.00
AR4317, late 1930s Stromberg Deluxe
"Late 30's Stromberg in "AS-IS" condition. A rare opportunity to own a great instrument that needs some TLC. Priced well at $7000, factoring in the multiple hundreds of dollars of repair work that it will need to be transformed into masterpiece. A rare opportunity indeed." - Greg (Repair Shop Manager)
needs bridge, pickguard and bracket, fretwork and inlay repair (2 broken and one missing), setup work, OHC, AS IS ... $7,000.00
EF8872, 2005 Fender Custom Shop 1969 Stratocaster Relic
"Whether you're looking to get into your first Strat or a fine player for the road this one's got it all at a nice price! With it's cool classic look, sweet '69 fat "C" neck profile and the Strat sound you'd expect from a quality Fender I highly recommend this guitar!!" - Tommy (shipping)
original Certificate of Authenticity, relic black finish, OHC ... $2,650.00
AT5833, new Taylor 614CE
"Sitka spruce torrefied top with a stained maple back and sides. These guitars truly have a beautiful voice. In my opinion and in my opinion they are the best sounding Taylors on the market today." - Rob (sales)
upgraded Andy Powers design, cutaway, torrefied Sitka spruce top, highly figured maple back and sides, factory installed Taylor Expression System 2 electronics, wood pickguard, HC ... MAP $3,199.00
EB6760, 2014 Gibson Les Paul Artist Proof 001
"A faithful reproduction of Jon Sebastian's “Spoonie” Les Paul. This guitar has the best top I have seen on any Les Paul that is not an actual 1959. It sounds great and has a really special vibe to is. It genuinely feels like you are playing a “burst”. An old soul perhaps – maybe it is just loaded down with some cool Jon Sebastian mojo. Killer guitar for little more cost than a reissue." - Doug (repair) "Man, this thing has a vibe. Scary close to the real thing - Gibson nailed it. Aside from being in amazing instrument on its own it was actually owned and used by Sebastian - so much to enjoy with this guitar." - 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
AB9954, new Martin 0-18
"Full, rich sounding small bodied acoustic, perfect for sitting on the couch or performing on a small stage. Also easy to take along for writing sessions." - Lin (repair)
Sitka spruce top with scalloped bracing, mahogany back and sides, ebony bridge and fingerboard, 24.9" scale, 1-3/4" nut width, HC ... MAP $2,459.00
EB6759, 1959 Gibson Les Paul Custom
"Comfortable neck profile and fast playing frets. Great classic guitar!" - Brandon (repair)
VG++, three original PAF humbucking pickups, original "fretless wonder" frets, replaced capacitors, Bigsby removed (holes professionally touched up), OHC ... $52,500.00
EB6754, 2001 Gibson Les Paul Standard Raw Power
"Get into a Les Paul Standard with a unique look for a reasonable price!" - Joel (repair)
VG+++, natural top with light satin finish, 9.1 lbs, OHC ... $1,875.00
BM3039, 1982 Music Man Sting Ray
"Great sounding, great playing example of a StingRay 4-bolt neck build." - Tony (repair)
VG++, original four bolt neck, rough OHC ... $1,850.00
AM7758, new Davis Luthiers, South Africa, SSJ1
"This exotic instrument comes alive when plugged in. It delivers amazing percussive sounds, especially in an open tuning." - Julio (repair)
handmade by Mervyn Davis of Johannesburg, South Africa, 13-7/8" body width, 24 frets, spruce top, African kiaat neck and back, LR Baggs electronics, modular construction - a unique highly innovative design, gig bag ... $2,000.00
AA10084, new Martin D-42
"A beautiful and great sounding instrument. It is a great value and offers much growth for tone in the coming years." - Julio (reapir)
Sitka spruce top, premium East Indian rosewood back and sides, snowflake and diamond inlays on fingerboard and bridge, abalone pearl binding, HC ... MAP $5,599.00
AB9814, new Martin M-36
"In my opinion, this guitar is amazing!  The "M" Size is the same as the "0000" (Quad-O) and has a huge balanced tone, which is especially great for fingerpicking, but flatpicking will record very cleanly and more balanced than a dread.  This has the 1-11/16" nut and a 3 piece back. Come check it out!" - Michael (sales)
0000-size, Sitka spruce top, rosewood sides and 3 piece rosewood back, shallow body depth, 1-11/16" nut width, Geib style HC ... MAP $2,859.00
AB9541, new Martin OM-18 Authentic 1933
"I love the comfortable OM size for sitting down and playing. It has a great sound with the slightly longer than 000 scale length, and the sunburst just adds to the gorgeous look. It has a torrefied Adirondack spruce top, mahogany back and sides, VTS (Vintage Tone System) bracing, hide glue construction, and the period correct appointments. She's a looker!!!!" - Michael (sales)
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 ... MAP $5,229.00
AB9942, new Martin 00-18
"A powerhouse of a guitar. It may be small but has huge sound and is very even across all strings. Martin has done a great job once again." - Andy (repair)
12-fret, torrefied Adirondack spruce top, mahogany back and sides, VTS (Vintage Tone System) bracing and finish, hide glue construction, 1 7/8" nut width, period correct appointments, HC ... MSLP $7,499.00
EH6809, 2008 Gibson Custom Shop ES-339
"What great size for a semi hollow Gibson. Everything that you love in 335 style guitar but just a tad smaller. Great gig guitar." - Andy (repair)
M with Certificate of Authenticity, OHC ... $1,950.00