Gruhn Guitars is open for business at 2120 8th Avenue South in the up-and-coming Eighth Avenue South corridor. The company began renovations on the new space in early 2013. The 2120 Building has been renovated to suit the specific needs of Gruhn Guitars. The ground floor of the new store features a larger showroom allowing the store to display its full inventory of vintage, used and new instruments and providing additional space for instrument trial rooms and an appraisal inspection area. The 2nd floor includes a high-end showroom, administrative offices, and instrument case storage. The top level houses Gruhn Guitars’ world renowned repair shop, shipping and receiving, and a photography studio. Ample customer parking is available on site.
“Moving away from Lower Broadway after 43 ½ years operating within a 100 foot radius was not an easy decision, but our new location at 2120 8th Ave S is less than 10 minutes from downtown, has easy interstate access, is on a major thoroughfare, has ample parking, and is in an up and coming neighborhood near Music Row and numerous music businesses. This is the type location I dreamed of but couldn’t afford when I first decided I wanted to operate a vintage fretted instrument business. We have been open at the new shop for less than a month, but business has already improved and it feels like home.”
George Gruhn opened his first downtown location on 4th Avenue in January 1970, moved the store to its second location at 410 Broadway six years later and became a familiar landmark at 400 Broadway from 1993 to 2013. Gruhn Guitars reopened at 2120 8th Avenue South on June 15, 2013. This space formerly housed the alternative weekly publication Nashville Scene and was most recently occupied by Emma, a local email marketing firm.
Established in January 1970, Gruhn Guitars quickly became a mecca for musicians and vintage instrument collectors worldwide. The store buys, sells, consigns, trades and appraises fretted instruments and houses one of the world's premier vintage and used collections including classic Gibson, Fender, Martin, Epiphone, Gretsch and National instruments as well as a wide selection of new instruments from Martin, Taylor, Collings, and others. Gruhn Guitars employs 20 full-time staff members including seven highly skilled repairmen well-versed in repairing, restoring, building and designing guitars and seven full-time salesmen with vast knowledge of musical instruments and instrument trading.
George Gruhn is recognized worldwide as a leading expert on vintage American guitars and related instruments. In 1970, he established Gruhn Guitars, one of the largest dealers of vintage and used instruments in the world, and has been buying and selling musical instruments since 1963. He has been a featured columnist for Pickin', Frets, Bluegrass Unlimited, Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar. George is the co-author of Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars, a comprehensive field guide to vintage fretted instruments now in its 3rd edition, and the companion volumes Acoustic Guitars and Other Fretted Instruments and Electric Guitars and Basses. These books chronicle the history of American stringed instruments and are beautifully illustrated and exhaustively researched. His articles are published in numerous magazines.
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