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April Staff Picks

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


BF3178, 1956 Fender Precision Bass
"Expertly restored early P-Bass- a great example of the beginning of the development of the electric bass guitar. Beautiful refinish that is gently checked and aged, and it plays like a dream. If you want a great looking, feeling and sounding authentic true vintage bass (at a great price)- this is it!" - Tony (repair)
body refinished by RS Guitarworks, pickup rewind, replacement pickguard, refret and neck refinish by Gruhn Guitars, professionally repaired peghead crack (structurally strong and virtually invisible), rough black Tolex covered Fender HC ... $8,000.00
EH6897, 1953 Gibson ES-140
"I have always liked the 140 and this example does not disappoint. Though small, this instrument is not a toy." - Wes (sales)
EXC, vintage replica tuners and tone and volume knobs, brown OHC with pink plush lining, ... SOLD
JA6709, 1938 Gibson PB-4 five-string conversion
"Extremely clean and original with very rare hearts & flowers inlay pattern. An archetypal example of everything the pre-war Mastertone flathead banjo should be." - Joe (Appraisal Dept.)
1938 Gibson PB-4 Mastertone converted to 5-string with genuine pre-war RB-4 neck, original pre-war pot with genuine original pre-war 20-hole flathead tone ring, nickel-plated metal hardware, plectrum neck included. OHC ... $125,000.00
EB6898, 2001 Gibson Les Paul Standard
"The Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbuckers are wired Jimmy Page style. Being able to split the coils and run them out of phase.... Alnico 5 magnets.... The neck that tapers between a 50s and 60s profile.... Super comfortable, Grover Rotomatics - all cool!!" - Corey (sales)
VG+++, sunburst top with black back and neck, Seymour Duncan SH-18 pickups (original pickups in case pocket), coil tap push/pull pots, OHC ... $2,250.00
AM8313, c.1930 Stahl (by Larson)
"One of the very best Larson brothers guitars I’ve played to date. Great tone. The thin body is very comfortable and makes for a perfect couch sitting guitar." - David (repair)
VG++, 15" body width, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, attractive wood marquetry top trim and back stripe, neck reset and replacement bridge by Gruhn Guitars, OHC ... $7,750.00
AG6617, 1932 Gibson L-00
"Gibson made many L-00's in the 1930's, but or every few dozen non elevated fingerboards, there would be one that's elevated. This somewhat rare feature coupled with the classic "tuxedo" appearance - white guard with black finish, makes this piece a great addition to any vintage guitar collection." - Greg (Repair Dept. Manager)
EXC, elevated fingerboard, neck reset and refret by Gruhn Guitars, original frets in case, OSC ... SOLD
MF8758, 1925 Gibson Style A-Junior
"This Snakehead Gibson is a beauty. It has a gorgeous brown finish, and sounds great!" - Michael (Counter)
EXF, narrow snakehead peghead, OSC ... $1,500.00
BM3172, new Cole Clark LLB5-BL Long Lady 5-string
"A great bass with some unique wood from the land down under. This instrument has all the modern attributes a modern player wants and needs. A cool modern bass." - Andy (repair)
Blackwood top, blackbean fretboard, Aguilar Super Double pickups and Aguilar OBP-3 preamp, 6-knob control, Cole Clark padded Gator gig bag. ... MAP $2,599.00
BM3067, Fodera Emperor Standard 5
"Just in case Fodera hasn’t been called the Rolls Royce of basses enough, I’ll do it once more for good measure. This particular example is in pristine condition. It’s full of killer tones and the low B is as solid as it gets." - Joel (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 ... $4,250.00
AM8281, 2004 Bourgeois Country Boy Deluxe
"This Bourgeois Country Boy is a strong powerful guitar. The flamed mahogany back and sides is really quite beautiful but that is just icing on the cake. It sounds and plays amazing! A great value ready to go with L.R.Baggs Anthem pickup installed." - Glen (sales)
EXF, Adirondack spruce top, highly figured mahogany back and sides, LR Baggs Anthem electronics, HC ... SOLD
AR4635, 1937 Gibson L-12
"The rare L-12 from 1937. The unique tailpiece and headstock inlay visually separates this from the other Gibson archtops of this era. This one boasts an impressive blistered maple back, flame maple neck, and a big archtop sound." - William (Inventory / Photography)
EXF, Grover replacement tuners, tweed OHC with orange and black stripes ... SOLD
EH6864, 2008 Gibson Custom Shop ES-335 Larry Carlton (ESLCVSNH1)
"Being a big Larry Carlton fan I had to play this guitar and it did NOT disappoint me. Plays, feels and sounds excellent - nice work Gibson!" - Keith (sales)
M (except for minor finish blemish on back of headstock) with original Certificate of Authenticity and accessories, based on Carlton's 1968 ES-335, "Mr. 335" truss rod cover, OHC ... $3,250.00
AA10613, new Martin Custom Shop 18 Style Dreadnought w/ Sinker Mahogany / sunburst
"Sinkers are definitely at the top of my list. Incredible value for what you get, I have sold a few of these and the new owners absolutely love them." - Julio (repair)
Adirondack spruce top (non-VTS) with forward shifted scalloped bracing, 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, Performing Artist neck contour, adjustable truss rod, bone nut and saddle, Geib style HC ... SOLD
AB10540, new Martin 000-28EC Sunburst Eric Clapton
"A beautiful guitar. Pristine highs and distinct lows makes this this perfect small body guitar for any level player. 24.9 Inch scale, Sitka spruce top, modified V neck, standard taper neck, Indian Rosewood back and sides." - Rob (Sales Mgr.)
Sitka spruce top with sunburst finish, rosewood back and sides, 1-3/4" nut width, #23063, label signed by Clapton and CF Martin IV, HC ... MAP $4,029.00
AM8313, c.1930 Stahl (by Larson)
"This is one of the best playing and sounding Larson Brothers guitars I have ever heard! It is extraordinary!" - Nathan (repair)
VG++, 15" body width, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, attractive wood marquetry top trim and back stripe, neck reset and replacement bridge by Gruhn Guitars, OHC ... $7,750.00
RG5209, new Beard A-Odyssey
"It is always refreshing to pick up a guitar that truly brings a different sound to the table. The Beard Odyssey models combine the resonator style sound with a unique flavor all their own, especially when plugged in. Expand your dimensions with this one." - Eric (GM)
14-fret roundneck with spruce top, flame maple-bound figured back and sides body, flame maple-bound ebony fretboard with dot inlays, 10-1/2" triple-spun Legend cone, Beard Solar coverplate, and oval soundhole, Fishman Jerry Douglas pickup installed, TKL HC ... $3,900.00
AB10552, new Martin 000-13E
"A really cool affordable 000 body size guitar that plays smooth, nice tonal balance and cool Fishman pickup built in with tuner! Fun to carry around town!" - Billy (sales)
Sitka spruce top, siris back and sides, gloss finish, 1-3/4" nut width, Richlite fingerboard and bridge, Fishman MX-T electronics with built-in tuner, Martin padded gig bag ... MAP $1,149.00
AM8315, new Beard DecoPhonic Sidecar Acoustic R-Model
"One of the coolest new guitar additions made this year. Full dynamic range with even tonal response in a very affordable instrument. Also a comfy and playable neck. Beard has been making high quality resonator guitars domestically for years and this new small bodied flattop is no exception." - Tommy (shipping and receiving)
spruce top with satin sunburst finish, pre-war design and materials made with modern construction techniques, 1-3/4" nut width, 25" scale length, TKL HC ... MAP $1,800.00