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Old 01-19-2021, 08:28 PM
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Default New Martin Custom shop Gruhn's 50th

I have been lurking around here for a while but do not comment much (ever). I have a 1997 Martin HJ-28 that until recently was to be my "forever" guitar. The event that changed that was my 50th birthday. I received (from my wife and son) a Martin Custom Gruhn's Guitars 50th Anniversary guitar (which is kind of a D-42/45) designed by George. It is Sinker Mahogany on the sides back and neck, and Adirondack Spruce on the top--finished in Sunburst. She is pretty! But the sound has blown me away. George says the difference is mostly attributed to the Adirondack Spruce but that the Sinker lends some to the tones and also of course the Custom shop quality (and he likes to throw in his specs making a huge difference). All I can say is WOW. Here is the photo and the link to my actual guitar. I come here not to brag, but to be able to tell some people who actually appreciate what I am so happy about! Even my wife, who only loosely tolerates my "guitar problem" said, "wow" when I played them side by side. The difference is not subtle! Most of my friends are kind of like, "yea. Whatever. I have a Martin, too."--so I wanted to finally tell some people that might get it!


Gruhns webpage for George's Anniversary Guitars
https://guitars.com/martin-gruhn-50t...versary-models

Actual page for MY guitar
https://guitars.com/inventory/aa1137...st-dreadnought

Thanks for reading. That's all. Carry on

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Welcome to the AGF and thanks for sharing - that is one stunning guitar!

I really like the headstock & bridge inlays and fret markers.
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It is a little more "Bling" than I normally prefer, but I do love it. Being a gift from my wife and son, it is a good thing that I love it since I would likely be stuck with it if I did not!
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Wow!
You must be one Heckuva husband!!

Enjoy!
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Wow!
You must be one Heckuva husband!!
The theme was obviously 50th Anniversary Guitar from Gruhn's for my 50th. George is a friend (former neighbor) and Gruhn's is a place I frequent (I go there nearly every Saturday). I never dreamed I would own one of their higher end new guitars (obviously they have MUCH more expensive used ones that I CERTAINLY will never own but they never seem to mind if I go down there and play them (read-"loiter there")).
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Oh my - it is so beautiful and I know it sounds even better! These sinkers are really special. Absolutely adore my 0000-18 sinker Gruhn exclusive.
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I picked up a OM-18 Sinker last year. Congratulations on an amazing guitar.
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Congrats! I went to Gruhns on my last trip to Nashville. I played a 0000-18 sinker that was amazing! I'll imagine that beast of yours is right up there with it.
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Nice!

In the year of my 50th birthday, I bought several (used) Martin guitars that were made for the 50th anniversary of The Podium.
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It took me a while to realize that Gruhn and George is the same person, only after opening the web-page it all came as one piece -- George Gruhn!

Congratulations with the new beautiful Martin!
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I'll combine Brucebubs and drbdjs's replies and say
that the headstock, bridge inlays and fret markers are WOW,
and d-45 abalone is kind of fancy for me... I'm sure that's a fantastic
guitar, I hope to go to Gruhn's one day ...

-Mike
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It took me a while to realize that Gruhn and George is the same person, only after opening the web-page it all came as one piece -- George Gruhn!

Congratulations with the new beautiful Martin!
I am sorry I was not more clear about that. George Gruhn is my good friend and former neighbor. Around my house he is known as simply "George".

I think with his name and reputation, people forget he is a real dude running a real small business. he is certainly not a poor man but he is no Jeff Bezos either. He works every day Mon-Sat from 10-6, then on Saturday nights he goes to gigs and to the Grand Ole Opry to sell his guitars to the musicians. he is available to talk to anyone on the phone or by email. Many have commented that they want to go to Gruhn's. You should. George Gruhn, for the record, is 75 years old and he WILL NOT live forever. Nearly every Saturday when I leave to run down there, my wife says, "you are going to Gruhn's AGAIN?" and I reply the same thing--"there is going to be a day when I want to talk to Grorge (Gruhn) and will not be albe to do so. Better do it now!" I would give that same advice to anyone desiring to visit.

Even though they are surrounded by great guitars all day every day, they get just as excited as the rest of us when someone walks in with a guitar in a case. "What ya got in that case?" "OH wow! A _____ (Les Paul Studio, Martin D-18...insert any "normal" guitar). They love them all as much as we do!"

I do NOT work for Gruhns nor have any financial interest. I just love the guy and get excited to talk about the place. It is a combo of a museum that you can buy the displays, a history lesson, a bucket list destination, and a really cool place to hang out!
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Wow. Your guitar is a playable work of art.
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Congratulations, looks like a great guitar!
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Insane Beast!!
Congrats!


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