GMP guitars- When did they start making guitars?

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  1. Caroway

    Caroway Member

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    Hi guys. I'm new here. I heard about this site from the HC forums.

    I recently picked up a GMP guitar and it doesn't have a serial number below the headstock like the regular production models do. So, I unscrewed the pups to see if anything was written in the cavity and in the neck cavity it said "Assembled by Glenn M-something (it was written in cursive and I couldn't make it out.) 1996. And in the bridge cavity it said, "Gary Moline Guitars". I took off the back plate where the pots are and on the lip was #126.

    It is an Elite body style, pictured below in 2000. It was owned by Matt from Caroline's Spine. (thats him in the pictures)

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    Anybody know anything about the history of GMP?
     
  2. Karmateria

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    I played a few that belonged to artists I worked with... not bad, certainly as well built as a PRS or Baker. Nothing special. Maybe if they'd had better marketing they'd be in the game today.

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  3. ChazMania

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    GMP was started by some amazing talented guys who were from the original Charvel/Jackson factory in San Dimas. The Glenn M who assembled your guitar is a guy I have known since I was in 8th grade! Glenn and Dave and some other guys started and ran GMP until they (sadly) closed early this year. I havent seen these guys in 6+ years, but followed their work via the website, and other friends. I have a Pawn Shop Classic (LP style) and it's a stellar piece of work, it's my fav of any LP type guitars I have ever played. I'm guessing if you have no serial number, you have a way early prototype.
     
  4. VegasGreg

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    Caroline's Spine! One of my favorite bands!

    I first saw GMP at the WInter NAMM show in 1996. I have pictures of their booth that year-I'll dig them up and post them here.
     
  5. Caroway

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    That'd be awesome.

    I was just wondering how much it was worth. I have played a lot of PRS's and gibsons and none of them have ever had teh build quality that this guitar has. Solid Mahogany. Scultped neck heel. I picked this up at a pawn shop. I had seen it hanging there for over 2 years and so I bought it cause it looked pretty cool and had some serious sustain.

    The pups are SD 59N and a CC Bridge.
     
  6. Karmateria

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    I have a S.D. Curlee that I got the same way. It's still not worth much more than the dust that was on it, but its a screamin slide guitar.

    Who cares what they are worth, if you buy cheap enough just play it.

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  7. Caroway

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    I tried calling GMP's # (crossed my fingers for luck) but its a residential number now.

    DAMN!!! Oh well. I just wanna find out more about this guitar.

    I like this forum alot. seems like a lot less BS than the HC forum.
     
  8. guitarplayaman

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    Carowaqy...I also bought a GMP in a PAwn Shop...Damn fine instrument and I got a heck of a price cause nobody here knows anything about em. Great guitar and I think they will go up in value.


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  9. zekmoe

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    I think they went under this year. Somehow, they had a weird co-business with guitars and some household appliance, like a juicer. The juicer business took the guitar business down. Something along those lines.
    I always remember them by their sparkly paint jobs, takes on classic designs that weren't quite copies, and fringe of metal existance.
     
  10. Karmateria

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    That's an idea! A guitar with a built in juicer! Great for those hot outdoor gigs!

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