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Gruhn Staff Picks for September

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
"A very loud and responsive archtop. Plus it has the unique "L-5" script engraved in the tailpiece. " - William (inventory/photography)
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
AB9979, new Martin 00L-17E Black Smoke
"Great playing 00 body size with the new Fishman Matrix VT pickup system. Smooth playing, balanced tone and great electronics make this a perfect choice for songwriters on the go!" - Billy (sales)
Sitka spruce top with ivoroid binding, mahogany back and sides, modified low oval neck with Performing Artist taper, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, ivoroid pickguard, satin black finish, Fishman Matrix VT Enhance electronics installed, HC ... MAP $1,999.00
AB9951, new Martin GP-35E
"Great tonal depth, playability and the new factory L.R.Baggs Anthem pickup system make this guitar ready for the studio or stage." - Billy (sales)
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 ... MAP $3,399.00
AA9561, new Martin Custom D-21S 12-fret Cocobolo
"This is a gorgeous New Custom Martin D-21S that must be seen and played to be fully appreciated! It has an Adirondack spruce top, Cocobolo back and sides, 12-fret Spanish cedar neck with T-bar reinforcement, flamed koa binding, ebony bridge and fingerboard, made with hide glue, 1-13/16" nut width, Waverly open-back tuners, LR Baggs Lyric active pickup installed, and Martin Hard Case. Excellent value." - Michael (sales)
Adirondack spruce top, Cocobolo back and sides, 12-fret Spanish cedar neck with T-bar reinforcement, flamed koa binding, ebony bridge and fingerboard, hide glue, 1-13/16" nut width, Waverly open-back tuners, LR Baggs Lyric active pickup installed, HC ... $4,650.00
AM7887, new Larrivee D-03 Bloodwood Custom
"This Larrivee Bloodwood/Moonwood Custom guitar has an astonishingly strong and boomy bass response. (Not for the weak of heart) Incredible value on a great custom American made rhythm machine." - Glen (sales)
Austrian red spruce ("Moonwood") top, Bloodwood back and sides, tortoise shell pickguard, deluxe HC ... MSLP $2,398.00
AA9517, new Martin Custom D-21 Cocobolo
"This is another amazing Custom Ordered Martin, designed by George Gruhn. It has an Adirondack spruce top, Cocobolo back and sides, 14-fret mahogany neck with T-bar reinforcement, flamed koa binding, ebony bridge and fingerboard, made with hide glue, 1-3/4" nut width, Waverly open-back tuners, and a special Custom Shop Hard Case. It is just a phenominal guitar and already has an LR Baggs Lyric pickup installed, so it is ready to go, Joe!" - Michael (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
AM7961, new Larrivee D-40 Rosewood/Moonwood
"This custom Larrivee Rosewood/Moonwood D-40 is a spectacular value on a great American made instrument. Warm smooth vintage dreadnought sound. It is tastefully appointed with a torch inlay on the headstock." - Glen (sales)
Austrian red spruce ("Moonwood") top, rosewood back and sides, torch headstock inlay, deluxe HC ... $1,775.00
AR4558, 1947 Gibson L-7
"This L-7 certainly meets the requirements of today's professional archtop guitar player. Whether you are working in an orchestral setting or in a small club combo, this L-7 will deliver all of the performance required by today's archtop player." - Wes (sales)
EXC, natural finish, attractive curly maple back and sides, replacement pickguard, HC ... $3,750.00
AR4458, 1957 Gibson L-5C
"This Gibson L-5C is one of the finer things in life. Yes, this guitar is for those of us who simply want the best. Oh yes, you could do the job with many other fine guitars, but there are a select few that choose to climb to the highest rung. The L-5C is the top guitar of today. Be extraordinary. Be daring. Be the player who goes the distance. Choose the L-5." - Wes (sales)
VG+++, beautifully figured curly maple neck, back, and sides, refret and new pickguard by Gruhn Guitars, exceptionally fine sound, OHC ... $9,500.00
EF8941, 2006 Fender Custom Shop 1960s Stratocaster Relic
"Great feeling neck and rosewood fingerboard makes this beautifully relic-ed Strat play great! I really dig the Ice Blue Metallic finish as well! An awesome sounding guitar!" - Tommy (sales/shipping)
Ice Blue Metallic, brown Tolex covered OHC ... $3,250.00
PA2808, 1986 Mesa Boogie Mark III
"The Mesa Boogie Mk.111 Super Sixty sounds great. With really warm and clean rhythm sounds and over the top overdrive this amp does sound excellent. It is very versatile and very heavy." - Keith (sales)
EXC, early version, original 12" EV speaker, professionally serviced, black Tolex covering with original cover ... $1,150.00
EF8938, 1963 Fender Stratocaster
"I really like the way this guitar plays, sounds and feels. The pickups sound excellent, the neck feels excellent and the playability is also excellent. What more would you want out of a really great Strat." - Keith (sales)
body professionally refinished, back of neck oversprayed, vintage replica tuners, brown OHC ... $10,500.00
EG3415, 1959 Gretsch 6118 Double Anniversary
"This is one of the cleanest examples of this model that i have ever seen. The PAF Filtertrons sound great, plus its smoke green!" - Lloyd (sales) "This guitar is in great shape and has a nice, played-in feel. The two tone Green Smoke finish as about as cool as it gets!" - Joel (repair)
EXF, two-tone smoke green finish, original PAF Filter'Tron pickups, same construction and electronics as Chet Atkins' 6120 model, deluxe OHC ... $5,000.00
EB6756, 1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom
"Love that yellow/white color. A rock and roll machine with great big tone. I have to go custom to get those full size sounds." - David (repair)
VG+++, Grover tuners, gold plated hardware, OHC ... $3,750.00
EZ5573, 2008 Paul Reed Smith SC250 Private Stock #2047
"Amazing flame top with rich dark red color. A beautiful guitar with complimentary components." - Brandon (repair)
NM with Certificate of Authenticity, highly figured flame maple top with faded fire red finish, chambered mahogany body, mahogany neck, Macassar ebony fingerboard with mother of pear bordered red coral eagle and bird inlays, red coral and mother of pearl fingerboard border, headstock border and truss rod cover, humbucking pickups, 3-way switch, gold plated hardware, adjustable stop tailpiece, brown suede deluxe OHC ... $4,750.00
EZ5607, 2005 Baker B1 Inferno
"Really fun double-cut. Great weight balance and fast playing neck." - Brandon (repair)
VG+++, carved top, transparent blue finish, Rio Grande pickups, Burns HC ... $2,150.00
AB9961, new Martin 00-28VS
"Great little guitar. Great sound in a small package." - Andy (repair)
12-fret slot-head neck, herringbone trim, Waverly tuners, Geib style HC ... MAP $3,859.00
BM2998, 2010 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Reissue
"This is a very well built instrument that is both unique and a classic design." - Joel (repair)
M, quick swap pickups, OHC ... $1,400.00
EF8907, 1967 Fender Coronado II
"A really good feeling neck and I love the sound of the D’Armond pickups. Good looking sunburst too." - Lin (repair)
EXC, SC ... $2,000.00
EB6721, 1956 Gibson Les Paul Special
"Love a factory Bigsby – this one does not add too much weight, makes for an even balance. The p-90s sound great and the quality refret makes it a joy to play." - Lin (repair)
EXF with original hang tag marked Bigsby, tuner holes doweled and redrilled - period correct tuners installed, refretted by Gruhn Guitars, OHC with brown exterior and pink plush lining ... $10,000.00
AT5872, new Taylor Academy 12E
"If you are just getting started playing guitar this may be just what you need. This is an affordable guitar with great tone and comfortable playability. It will inspire and motivate you." - Julio (repair)
designed and built as an introductory instrument, compact Grand Concert size with sitka spruce top, sapele back and sides, comfort bevel on bass-side lower bout, 24-7/8" scale, 1-11/16" nut, built in ES-B pickup system with preamp and tuner, includes padded Taylor gig bag ... MAP $649.00
AA10065, 2001 Martin D-18 V
"16 Year old Martin with forward shifted bracing that is already broken in. I love the V neck shape – easy to wrap your thumb around to grab the bass notes." - Julio (repair)
EXF, OHC ... $2,250.00
EF8919, 1961 Fender Telecaster
"This is just an extraordinarily good instrument. It happens ot be a Fender Telecaster which in this case is a secondary characteristic. It is a very good sounding instrument – whether you are a Telecaster fan or not, you should definitely check this out!" - Doug (repair)
neck and body professionally refinished and refretted, brown Tolex covered OHC ... $8,000.00
EB6759, 1959 Gibson Les Paul Custom
"This is a wonderful example of Gibson’s best effort from Gibson’s best period (for electrics). Beautiful rendition of a great design and feels great in your hands. Highly responsive and amazing tone." - Doug (repair)
VG++, three original PAF humbucking pickups, original "fretless wonder" frets, replaced capacitors, Bigsby removed (holes professionally touched up), OHC ... $52,500.00
BM3035, 1990s Rick Turner Renaissance Standard fretless bass
"Amazing sounding fretless! Otherworldly controllable fretless growl. Everything that is good about a fretless comes through in this one." - Tony (repair)
EXC, gloss cedar top, satin walnut back, 34" scale, D-Tar Timberline electronics, repaired vertical peghead crack (virtually invisible), gig bag ... $1,850.00
BF3111, 1980 Fender Precision Bass Special
"Surprisingly great sound, looks awesome with brass hardware. Solid." - Tony (repair)
VG++, Ice blue metallic with matching peghead, gold plated hardware, active electronics, OHC ... $1,900.00