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July Gruhn Staff Picks

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.

EG3412, 2013 Gretsch Billy Bo
"How cool is this guitar! Designed by Billy F. Gibbons and Bo Diddley, it looks, plays and sounds great. It is great rock stage guitar." - Keith (sales) "A great playing, well balanced, lightweight axe. Shaped in a way that makes me believe this is what the 50s thought the future would look like. It definitely has a Jetsons vibe to it! "- William (inventory/photography) "Cool guitar for playing all of your ZZ Top and Bo Diddley licks!" - Lin (repair) "This guitar defines "cool"! It is in mint condition at a used price." - Lloyd (sales)
M with papers, red top finish, OHC...$2,500.00
EH6801, 1962 Gibson ES-335
"This ES-335 just came in and it sounds great! The neck is very comfortable - any blues player's dream." - Keith (sales) "A true classic! Beautiful condition for a '62. The neck is just chunky enough to afford ease of playability and awesome humbucker tone. A super addition to any collection - Tommy (shipping/sales)
VG+++, cherry red finish, neck pickup missing sticker, bridge pickup has Pat # sticker, Bigsby removed (holes in top), black OHC with yellow plush lining...$12,500.00
AB9172, new Martin Custom 0000-21 Guatemalan Rosewood
Amazing tone and playability make this custom a desirable instrument. The 3/4" nut givest he option of easy finger picking along with flat picking. A very comfortable neck and body shape. - Tommy (shipping/sales)
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, HC ...$4,550.00
AM7932, 2004 Lehmann Model Eclipse
This is the best gypsy jazz guitar I have ever played. It has a loud and unique voice produced from its petite bouche and has exceptional bass coming from the upper bout sound port. A must play guitar for all styles of music. - William (inventory/photography)
NM, cutaway, sound port in upper bass bout, petite-bouche sound hole, a beautifully crafted Django-style guitar, exceptionally fine power and tone, HC...$4,000.00
AB9872, new Martin 0-18
Smooth tonal balance - very comfortable and light weight, easy to lay back and play. Excellent tool for writing songs. - Billy (sales) I love the single "0" Martins and I am so glad to see them being built again. Excellent comfortable size, great tone, great feel-- what more could you want from a smaller guitar? - Michael (sales)
Sitka spruce top with scalloped bracing, mahogany back and sides, ebony bridge and fingerboard, 24.9" scale, 1-3/4" nut width, HC ...MSLP: $3,099.00
EF8885, 1969 Fender Swinger/Musiclander
Interesting piece of Fender history - made as an attempt to use up left over parts. The body is from a modified Bass V and the neck is from the shorter of the Musicmaster series (21 fret, 22 inch scale). The more popular scale length was the 22 fret 24 inch scale available on the Mustang, Duosonic, Musicmaster and Jaguar. - Lin (repair)
VG+, Dakota red, HC...$2,750.00
EB6638, 1998 Gibson Les Paul R8
Great playing, looking and feeling Les Paul. Neck profile feels good in the hand and overall weight is on point. - Brandon (repair)
painted and aged by Tom Murphy, brown OHC...$7,500.00
EC2163, 2015 Gibson Limited Edition Custom Shop Brian Ray '63 SG
Great finish on this guitar. Great feeling neck - fun to play. - Brandon (repair)
NM with certificate, removable Bigsby tailpiece (includes standard stop tailpiece), '57 Classic Plus bridge pickup and Burstbucker 1 neck pickup, #018 of 100, OHC...$3,500.00
EZ5576, 2010 Tom Anderson Drop Top
Not a vintage guitar but one of my favorites. Amazing build quality and playability - this guitar leaves nothing to be desired. An exceptional value for a TA in mint condition. - 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...$2,150.00
EB6736, early 1953 Gibson Les Paul
The description sums it up - this has to be the most well preserved early Les Paul I have ever seen in our store. Even the case looks new. A fine investment. - Eric (GM)
EXF - one of the cleanest examples we have ever encountered, matching condition OHC...$17,500.00
BM3010, 2012 Mike Lull PJ4
This bass is impeccably crafted, comfortable and sounds great! - Joel (repair)
NM with papers, Aguilar pickup, OHC...$2,500.00
AA10032, new Martin Custom D-18 Sinker Mahogany / torrefied Sitka
Wow! It occurs to me that I should have more to say but I truly think "wow" covers it! The Sinker guitars are all extremely good but the Dreadnought suits me best. Play one and you will not believe you are playing a new guitar. In my opinion these may well be the best instruments Martin has produced since before the war. - Doug (repair)
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
EX1345, 1986 Rickenbacker 360
There is much "jangly" goodness in this guitar. - Joel (repair)
EXC (except for belt buckle wear on back), Fireglo finish, OHC...$2,000.00
AM7928, new Veillette Avante Gryphon Tobacco Burst
This instrument is very handy and sounds great in the studio. It is also well suited for songwriters looking for a different voice. A great value on a pro worthy instrument. - Glen (sales)
solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, 18-1/4" scale (six unison string pairs tuned to D - ten frets above a standard guitar), piezo and transducer with preamp, lightweight canvas covered case ...$1,200.00
JA6572, 1929 Gibson TB-Granada conversion
Clean and original with desirable Frank Neat conversion 5-string neck. Fat Boy rim, all original finish and plating. - Joe (Archives)
VG++, Frank Neat 5-string vintage replica neck, one piece flange (first year of issue), 40 hole raised head tone ring, HC, includes original tenor neck, wrench, Gibson price tag, and case...$27,500.00
EB6748, 2011 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Goldtop
Great feeling Goldtop with some of the best sounding aftermarket PAF pickups available. - Greg (Repair Shop Manager)
NM, DiMarzio PAF pickups, OHC...$2,000.00
EC2186, 2011 Gibson SG Jr
An SG, a P-90, black, all for under $1,000.00. - Greg (Repair Shop Manager)
VG++ (scratches on top), black finish, HC...$800.00
EZ5514, 2009 Music Man John Petrucci - Ball Family Reserve
Comfortable neck, great electronics - an elegent shred machine. - Andy (repair)
M with papers, highly figured Ruby Burst maple top, Honduran mahogany neck with East Indian rosewood fingerboard, compensated nut, "JP" shield mother of pearl inlay at first fret, "Ball Family Reserve" mother of pearl inlay at 12th fret, two humbucking pickups with coil tap, piezo bridge pickup, separate magnetic/stereo and piezo output jacks, deluxe OHC ... ON SALE (Reduced from $2,500)...$2,100.00
AR4458, 1957 Gibson L-5C
This is my favorite archtop in our current inventory. It truly delivers the perfect archtop sound and performance. - 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
AA9992, new Martin D-420
Surprisingly great tone from a guitar with a printed top. I am blown away that such a novelty guitar could sound this good. One love! - David (repair) Constructed to commemorate California's passage of Proposition 64. This guitar is loud and powerful - Sitka top, mahogany back and sides - this guitar is a winner! - Rob (sales)
Sitka spruce top with custom California Prop 64 themed illustration by Robert Goetzl, mahogany neck, back, and sides, HC...MSLP: $2,999.00
AG6515, 1969 Gibson SJN
This is a very clean guitar. I'm not usually into clean guitars but this one is sweet and plays great! - Wes (sales)
EXC, highly figured curly mahogany back and sides, LR Baggs Lyric electronics, modern HC...$3,000.00
BM3028, 1994 Warwick custom 4-string Brazilian rosewood Thumb Bass owned by Jack Bruce
Jack Bruce's bass! Brazilian rosewood! Are you kidding me?? A serious piece of history, it plays great too! - 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