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June Staff Picks

It goes without saying that each member of the Gruhn Guitars family is exposed to a constantly changing array of instruments.  Individual tastses differ as do types of instruments and each of us connect to certain ones in unique ways.  Some are simply outstanding examples that are easily oved but there are many others that simply offer a unique design, feel and sound - these are often the ones with the most stories to tell.  Every month each staff member selects a few of these instruments that deserve a little more of the spotlight.  They are listed below.

AM8099, new Larrivee OM-40R Rosewood/Moonwood
"This Custom Larrivee OM-40R is a remarkable value on an American made instrument. Austrian Moonwood spruce top and beautiful torch inlay on the headstock. Sounds great, plays great. Deluxe hard case." - Glen (sales)
Austrian red spruce ("Moonwood") top, Indian rosewood back and sides, torch headstock inlay, deluxe HC ... $1,825.00
BM3067, Fodera Emperor Standard 5
"Here’s your chance to own an instrument from the famous New York bass builder at a reasonable price. On every other Saturday Night Live - the bassist had a Fodera! It is the standard for New York pros and guys in the know all over the world." - Tony (repair)
M with accessories and paperwork, highly flamed maple top with natural finish, Pau Ferro fingerboard, Fodera dual coil pickups, gold plated hardware, Pope 3-band EQ, 10.25 lbs., OHC ... $4,750.00
EX1364, 1981 Ibanez LR10 Lee Ritenour
"Big fan of both Ibanez guitars and Lee Ritenour. This is a great guitar for that fusion/jazz thing but at an affordable price." - Andy (repair)
EXF, replacement bridge, switch and truss rod cover, OHC ... $1,500.00
BM3082, 2014 Sadowsky Will Lee Model
"Find out what all the fuss is about. This is the “top of the line” from one of the most famous boutique builders. Plays and sounds like a dream. Good enough for Will Lee...... ‘nuff said!" - Tony (repair)
M with papers, chambered swamp ash body with master grade flame maple top and transparent blue finish, master grade birdseye maple fingerboard, black hardware, D-tuner, Humcancelling pickups, Sadowsky preamp with Vintage Tone Control, 1.45" nut width, OHC ... $4,850.00
AM8097, new Larrivee D-40R Rosewood/Moonwood
"This Custom Larrivee D-40R is a remarkable value on an American made instrument. It cops the vibe of the pre war dreads. Austrian Moonwood spruce top and beautiful torch inlay on the headstock. Sounds great, plays great. Killer case. 2 thumbs up." - Glen (sales)
Austrian red spruce ("Moonwood") top, Indian rosewood back and sides, torch headstock inlay, deluxe HC ... SOLD
EZ5640, c. 1988 Tom Holmes Custom Flying V Archtop (owned and used by Albert King)
"This beautiful Flying V once belonged to Albert King making it historically significant indeed. Commissioned by Billy Gibbons, built by Tom Holmes to be given to Albert for his 65th birthday. " - Greg - (Repair Shop Mgr.)
EXC, figured carved maple top with mahogany body and neck, commissioned by Billy Gibbons for construction by Tom Holmes in 1988 as a gift to Albert King for his 65th birthday. Albert used this guitar for the following four years all the way up to his last public performance on December 19, 1992 - he passed away two days later. Comes with hand written letter from Tom Holmes attesting fabrication and several photographs of King using it during performances. Custom made wood case with "Albert King" engraved on brass plaque ... $130,000.00
EF9012, 2007 Fender '59 American Vintage Thin Skin Stratocaster
"This custom color factory special run Strat has an incredibly comfortable neck and is set up to play great." - Joel (repair)
NM with papers, Sherwood green, brown Tolex covered OHC ... SOLD
EZ5580, 2010 Paul Reed Smith Ted McCarty
"Very tastefully appointed McCarty model. Proudly exhibits all of the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship one expects from PRS." - Eric (GM)
M with papers, beautifully figured maple top with glacier blue finish, specially selected wood from the PRS library, abalone birds and eagle fingerboard inlays, original PRS 59/09 pickups, OHC ... $3,500.00
EZ5615, 1965 Guild Thunderbird
"A true collectors choice. This the perfect example of an instrument that is truly respected by enthusiasts of vintage guitars. The Thunderbird is not widely known to the weekend warrior, but it rightfully deserves its share of respect." - Greg (Repair Shop Mgr.)
EXC with exception of belt buckle wear on back, cherry red finish, rectangular OHC ... $5,750.00
BM3119, 2011 Mike Lull JTZ
"Though I am not an avid bass player this particular one really caught my attention. It plays majestically and the rich finish is extremely alluring but it is the weight that really blew me away - just over 7-1/2 pounds!" - Eric (GM)
M with original Certificate of Authenticity, Candy Apple red metallic, Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, Lull Thunderbird pickups, 7.65 lbs., OHC ... $3,400.00
BM3110, recent Modulus P/J Bass
"Great feeling and playing bass, top grain figure really pops with the color." - Brandon (repair)
M, master grade quilted maple top, carbon fiber neck, Bartolini pickups, 8.9lbs, OHC ... $3,500.00
EC2202, 1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard
"This SG has an unusually big neck - it plays and sounds great!!" - Keith (sales)
EXF, Cherry Red finish, original pickups with patent number sticker on bridge pickup and no sticker on neck pickup, sideways vibrola tailpiece, OHC ... $13,500.00
BM3060, 2009 Sadowsky Will Lee 4-string
"Perfect Jazz Bass style neck profile. Classic sounding pickups." - Brandon (repair)
M with papers, chambered swamp ash body with master grade quilted maple top and sunburst finish, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, 1.45" nut width, Humcancelling J pickups, Sadowsky preamp with Vintage Tone control, first Will Lee without pickguard, 7.55 lbs., OHC ... $4,800.00
AA10333, 1947 Martin D-28
"This guitar is special. Killer tone and plays exceptionally well. I love Martin tops that have browned like this one. " - David (repair)
EXC, neck reset by Gruhn Guitars, professionally refretted, repaired volute crack (virtually invisible), neck and body has light finish overspray, HC ... SOLD
AB9840, 1959 Martin 00-28G
"This 00-28G is great fun to play and I find myself playing it often wile at my desk. If you like nylon string guitars and want a different feel than a standard classical guitar, this Martin delivers." - Wes (sales)
VG+++, beautifully figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, modern molded HC ... SOLD
EF8987, 2009 Fender American Special Stratocaster
"This Stratocaster is a great working player's guitar. I have used an American Standard Strat for many years as my go to work guitar. I find these guitars to be affordable, dependable, and durable which is exactly what I need in a live gig environment. " - Wes (sales)
NM, two-tone sunburst, maple board with jumbo frets, satin neck finish, vintage style tremolo, padded gig bag ... $900.00
EH6839, 1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC
"What a beautiful instrument. Deep cherry color. Monster tone and I gotta have a Bigsby!" - David (repair)
EXC, original Bigsby and Pat # pickups, neck professionally refinished, grey Calton HC with plush green lining ... SOLD
PA2894, 1974 Marshall 1974 MKII amp and 1960 Lead 100 cabinet
"Nothing moves the air like a Marshall. For that sound, crank it up!! - Keith (sales)
VG++, basket weave grill cloth, black Tolex covering ... $2,250.00
BM3080, recent Modulus Flea Bass
"This is one of the most solid playing basses I have ever tried. You can feel the sustain in the MM style pickup, sounds great! This thing is built to last multiple lifetimes." - Joel (repair)
M with papers, master grade quilted maple top with dark burst, carbon fiber neck, Badass II bridge, 9.6 lbs., OHC ... $3,300.00
EZ5653, new Hagstrom Fantomen
"Cool 25.5 scale, cool body shape, nice smooth neck and cool pickups with coil taps, has a great rock/pop tone! I have one myself and it rocks!!!" - Billy (sales)
gloss white with black binding, 22 fret, 25.5" scale length, Lundgren design humbucking pickups with coil tap, chrome hardware, no case ... $800.00
MF8834, new Kentucky KM-606
"Satin finish, smooth neck , easy playing and has a good tonal balance and a nice forward chop in the midrange." - Billy (sales)
standard F-style with solid carved spruce top, solid maple back, sides, and neck, radiused fingerboard, dark distressed satin finish ... SOLD