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It all started fifty years ago today with twenty-two instruments and a storefront in the heart of Nashville’s downtown. Our first name was GTR for George Gruhn, Tut Taylor and Randy Wood. While our instruments were not considered vintage, as they were at most forty years old, we knew those “Golden Era” instruments were special. 

Through fifty years of business, there have been times it seemed like an emotional and economic roller coaster.  We can certainly say there have been times of great challenges, but our love of finely crafted instruments never wavered. Today, we have an inventory of over 2000 fretted instruments housed in a space of 18,000 square feet. 

One aspect of being in business for fifty years that we would not have foreseen in 1970 are the amazing people we have met along the way. The joy of working with customers who share our passion for fine fretted instruments has inspired us to maintain a place where we can enjoy these beautiful instruments together. 

Today marks a milestone for all of us. We, at Gruhn Guitars, with you, want to raise a glass to fifty years of preserving the tools that aid in the creation of music in our homes to stages across the world.


George Gruhn, Owner and CEO

Eric Newell, President and General Manager