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Established 1970

September Staff Picks

For the month of August each member of the staff of Gruhn Guitars has selected several instruments that they feel are outstanding.  Since everyone has differing taste there is a broad array of instrument types and each was chosen by personal preference and functionality.

EB6699, 2012 Gibson Les Paul R9
"All the things you want in a Les Paul, just an amazing guitar! Light weight and not a burden to hold for a long gig. The neck is very playable. Just a classic Les Paul sound. Did I mention that it's been marked down to $4800? Lots of good things here in one guitar!" - Tommy (shipping)
NM, beautifully figured maple top, faded Maple Leaf Burst finish, 8.65 lbs., vintage replica OHC ... $4,800.00
EX1269, R.C. Allen Uncle Chester
"Neck and action feels great! I love the box size. Much personality" - Julio (repair)
EXC, modeled after Chet Atkins' D'Angelico Excel, HC ... $3,600.00
AB10167, 1935 Martin 000-45
"Lots of character, great sound and great feeling neck (almost a V). Loud and proud, beautiful rosewood back and sides. It has the look that lets you know it was TRULY played" - Lin (repair)
VG+, neck reset and refretted by Gruhn Guitars (as per previous owner - overspray done at the Martin factory many years ago), exceptionally fine sound and playability ... $100,000.00
AR4317, late 1930s Stromberg Deluxe
"An arch-top lovers dream come true. This original Stromberg Deluxe is in AS-IS condition and in need of some professional repair-work. With that said, it can be had for under $8,000." - 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
EZ5661, 2010 Paul Reed Smith Modern Eagle II 25th Anniversary
"Well balanced guitar with beautiful appointments. The neck plays smoothly and trem floats perfectly. Premium wood selection and high quality components." - Brandon (repair)
NM with papers, beautifully figured blue maple top, satin finish, 57/08 bridge and neck pickups, bird fingerboard inlays, OHC ... $4,500.00
AG6558, c. 1943 Gibson J-45
"This is exactly what you want in an old "banner" head J-45. It is a deep well and plays great!" - Nathan (repair)
VG+, banner peghead, original 4-piece top, neck professionally reset and refretted, several repaired top cracks, exceptionally fine sound, HC ... $9,500.00
ED2311, 2016 Gibson '63 Firebird I aged
"This guitar oozes cool. The chunky vintage profile neck is super comfortable and the single mini humbucker screams." - Joel (repair)
As new with original Certificate of Authenticity, Heather Poly finish, OHC ... $3,500.00
AM8039, new Collings Baby 2H
"Fantastic small baby acoustic with depth, great tonal balance and volume and such a cool body size and fun to play!! - Billy (sales)
Spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, 24-1/8" scale length, 1-11/16th nut width, Waverly tuners, HC. Serial Number 27848. ... $3,850.00
JA6688, 1930 Gibson RB-3 Mastertone
"Every young boy's dream!" - Joe (appraisals)
EXF (playing wear on back of neck in area of the first five frets), professionally refretted (original frets in case pocket), original 5-string, original flat head, mahogany neck and resonator, leaves and bows fingerboard inlay, 20 hole flat head tone ring, one-piece flange, original friction 5th string peg included, has factory original arm rest activated internal mute assembly with original instruction sheet from Gibson in the case pocket, resonator neck notch inscribed "D Sinclair 10-1930, original redline hard shell case ... $135,000.00
AM8084, new Collings Parlor 1 Traditional
"A spectacular instrument. It has top notch wood selection and fit and finish. The volume belies the size of the guitar. It is very touch sensitive and quite well suited for fingerpicking style. A true heirloom." - Glen (sales)
Sitka spruce top, Honduran mahogany back and sides, 24-7/16" scale length, 1-3/4" nut width, ebony pyramid bridge, Deluxe HC. Serial Number 28057. ... $5,000.00
AT6069, 1977 Taylor 855 12-string
"I learned to play guitar by watching and listening to Neil Young. This 1977 Taylor 855 is very pleasing to me as it is of the same era as Neil's 855s which he has played since the late 1970's. This is a fine sounding and playing 855. Sugar Mountain always seems to come out of this guitar when I pick it up." - Wes (sales)
VG+++, professionally refretted, rare model, OHC ... $2,950.00
AB10346, new Martin New Custom 0000 Sinker Mahogany Sunburst Cutaway
"Just a great guitar. Smooth rich tone. Big bass end and a cutaway. The perfect guitar for the masses." - Andy J. (repair)
cutaway with oval sound hole, Adirondack spruce top with sunburst finish and herringbone trim, 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), abalone peghead inlay and snowflake fingerboard inlays, bound fingerboard and peghead, checkerboard back strip, 22 fret neck with 1-3/4" nut width, Geib style HC ... $5,250.00
ED2311, 2016 Gibson '63 Firebird I aged
"The neck on this thing is perfect if you like the old, 50's-feeling fat necks. The single pickup screams and cleans up really well! It's a reissue with an aged finished, which looks cool and adds to the retro-vibe!! Really fun to play!" - Andrew (sales)
As new with original Certificate of Authenticity, Heather Poly finish, OHC ... $3,500.00
AB10346, new Martin New Custom 0000 Sinker Mahogany Sunburst Cutaway
"A perfect size Sinker Mahogany cutaway with Deluxe appointments and a beautiful sunburst. Another incredible sounding Sinker Mahogany from Martin. A well defined yet broad tonal range makes this the only acoustic you may ever need." - William (photography)
cutaway with oval sound hole, Adirondack spruce top with sunburst finish and herringbone trim, 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), abalone peghead inlay and snowflake fingerboard inlays, bound fingerboard and peghead, checkerboard back strip, 22 fret neck with 1-3/4" nut width, Geib style HC ... $5,250.00
EG3425, 1955 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet
"I think this guitar is awesome. It plays, feels and sounds great. A true rock and roll dream, all you need is your favorite amp. Play this one loud!" - Keith (sales)
VG+++, black finish, original fixed arm Bigsby, tweed OHC ... $6,500.00
MF8828, 1923 Gibson F-5
"While physical beauty and tone are to subject to a significant degree of subjective judgment, in my opinion, our April 12, 1923 F-5 mandolin is a truly outstanding example that combines in one instrument virtually everything that makes the F-5 model held in such high esteem. It combines beautiful workmanship, wonderfully harmonious proportions, a beautiful sunburst finish which enhances the beauty of the wood without ever obscuring the wood grain pattern over the entire surface of the instrument, with superb playability great dynamic range, and tone which is the epitome of what has made this model so highly sought after." - George Gruhn (CEO)
EXF, a previously undiscovered instrument consigned by the elderly son of the original purchaser, interior label signed by Lloyd Loar on April 12, 1923, an extraordinarily fine instrument in appearance and sound, OHC ... $175,000.00
BF3156, 1973 Fender Jazz Bass
"I have always loved the look of these Jazz basses - pure class! This one is extremely clean, the vintage Kent Armstrong pickups are a nice compliment to its performance." - Eric (GM)
EXC, 4-bolt neck, black neck binding and black block fingerboard inlays, Kent Armstrong vintage pickups, OHC ... $3,500.00
AM7903, c. 1930 Leland Brilliantone
"I'm a Martin dreadnought kind of guy, who wouldn't typically pick up a guitar like this. Boy, was I blown away when I pulled it off the wall and started playing it! This kind of clarity, tone and volume, from a guitar with 2" body depth, is really impressive. And, it has tremendous "cool" factor! From the 30s era, it's beautifully aged, with just enough wear to give it true character. The guitar is playable as is, but with some TLC...it could make a really unusual addition to any collection. Brilliantone, indeed!" - Gary (sales)
VG+, 2" body depth, brilliant clarity of tone and surprisingly good volume, 2" body depth, needs brace reglue, fret and setup work, HC, AS IS ... $2,750.00