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Gruhn electric guitars?

mad dog

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No, not the vintage ones. The new semihollows he's putting out under his own name. A story on these in the back of a recent vintage guitar issue. If you go to his site:

http://www.gruhn.com/

The second feature copy block on the left side of the homepage (Especially potent) links to the pages for this guitar.

Has anyone had their hands on these??? I would so love to try one. Thanks.
MD
 

Curly

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I believe they're made by SouthBound ... seem to remember reading that on Gruhn's site.
 

Curly

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Southbound. I know nothing of them. Have you any details?

MD
from your link:

George says. "The new Gruhn design has the benefit of many more years of experience as well as being made within two miles of Gruhn Guitars at Southbound Guitars, where we can monitor and supervise all phases of construction.
 

shallbe

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The only thing is, by his own admission, Gruhn is not a player, and not even a music fan. I remember him saying as much in VG years ago, that he did not even own "records."

So, he knows what guitars are worth and how to sell them. But does he have any idea what makes a good instrument?
 

dB

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The only thing is, by his own admission, Gruhn is not a player, and not even a music fan. I remember him saying as much in VG years ago, that he did not even own "records."

So, he knows what guitars are worth and how to sell them. But does he have any idea what makes a good instrument?
As one of the foremost experts of vintage guitars in the world for the past forty years and as someone who has had the opportunity to see, hear and hold some of the most legendary instruments, I'm guessing that he has a pretty good idea of makes a good instrument.

That fact that he is neither a music buff nor a musician might allow him to look a little more objectively at tone and not be burdened by a lot of preconceived notions.
 

shallbe

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As one of the foremost experts of vintage guitars in the world for the past forty years and as someone who has had the opportunity to see, hear and hold some of the most legendary instruments, I'm guessing that he has a pretty good idea of makes a good instrument.

That fact that he is neither a music buff nor a musician might allow him to look a little more objectively at tone and not be burdened by a lot of preconceived notions.
So....he is not moved by music. Does not even have a record collection. Does not know the joy of playing a great guitar through great amp. Basically does not know what separates the good from great instruments.

I don't think that is objectivity----that is lack of perspective. Plus, no one is objective when trying to sell their own product.
 

dantedayjob

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I have seen him play in the shop, I think the last time I was there was in the early 90s. I can't recall WHAT he played, only that he had a Les Paul in his hands and was making music. Not sure exactly what the mentioned quote meant, maybe that he was no Roy Clark or Chet?
 

shallbe

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I have seen him play in the shop, I think the last time I was there was in the early 90s. I can't recall WHAT he played, only that he had a Les Paul in his hands and was making music. Not sure exactly what the mentioned quote meant, maybe that he was no Roy Clark or Chet?
I was simply going by what he wrote himself in Vintage Guitar magazine about 10 years ago. He said he was not a player and big music fan per se. He did not have a collection of albums, etc.
 

enharmonic

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"Not a player" as in...never touched a guitar, or "not a player" by Nashville standards?

Cats in Nashville can play and play some more. I wouldn't consider myself a player in Nashville either...even though I've been playing for 14 years ;)

Them's some heavyweights in Nashville.
 

derekd

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As one of the foremost experts of vintage guitars in the world for the past forty years and as someone who has had the opportunity to see, hear and hold some of the most legendary instruments, I'm guessing that he has a pretty good idea of makes a good instrument.

That fact that he is neither a music buff nor a musician might allow him to look a little more objectively at tone and not be burdened by a lot of preconceived notions.
I agree. Besides, he always hires guys who can play quite well. My handful of trips to Mecca, er Gruhn's always necessitated me wearing a bib due to the drool I produce when there. The guitars on the walls, not to mention the special peices tucked away, certainly suggest the guy knows what he is doing.

Back to the original question though, I would be very curious to get my hands on one of the models that bear his name.
 




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