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Four years ago I set out to design a guitar akin to the 1955 Martin 0-15 (Serial #144667) that I play with The Milk Carton Kids. Affordable, but built with superior craftsmanship, it served as my guiding light for “The Pattengale Special.”


After two years of close collaboration between myself, George Gruhn (of Gruhn Guitars) and Fred Greene (of C.F. Martin & Co.), we’ve achieved a design that pays homage to the workingman’s 0-15 that I hold so dear. George’s guidance and expertise helped immensely in crafting a guitar that is truly unique, and one that has proudly taken its place at the center of my guitar collection.


A torrified Adirondack spruce top achieves superior sonic clarity, while a custom stain finishes the guitar to my darker aesthetic preference. By building the guitars at Martin’s factory in Nazareth, PA we were able incorporate design elements that maintained the desired standards of tone (traditional-style X pattern bracing) while keeping the guitar modestly priced (simple dovetail neck joint).


Come see me play it on stage with The Milk Carton Kids, and see its first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live (“Younger Years”, 11/7/18).


Guitar specs: single ‘O’ Body Style – 24.9" scale – 1-11/16” nut width – Torrified Adirondack Spruce Top w/ Custom Dark Stain –

 Traditional X-Pattern Scalloped Bracing – Indian Rosewood Fingerboard, Bridge and Peghead Veneer – Vintage Traditional Compound Dovetail – Genuine Mahogany Neck, Back and Sides – Vintage-Style Grover Tuners – Traditional-Style Geib Hardcase


The guitar is available ONLY at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee.  Orders can be secured by calling (615) 256-2033 or sending an email to rob@guitars.com.  $2,150.00


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