Custom Martin D-16RGT Ryman Auditorium

Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is the most famous home of the Grand Ole Opry, but it has been the site of magical moments in all kinds of music since it was built in 1892. Originally called the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the 2300-seat hall was renamed after the man who had it built, riverboat captain Tom Ryman. As the home of the Opry from 1943-74 and the site of many Opry broadcasts today, it is widely referred to as "the mother church of country music."

George Gruhn teamed up with the Ryman and C.F. Martin to create a special commemorative guitar for the Ryman. The pickguard, hexagonal fingerboard inlays and peghead overlay are cut from the Ryman's original oak church pews. A laser-cut image of the Ryman is featured on the peghead, and the label features a large photo of a view from the Ryman stage.

This guitar is more than a souvenir of one of America's official National Historic Landmarks. It also a fine sounding instrument, built on Martin's D-16RGT model, with Indian rosewood back and sides and a gloss top finish.

Each guitar in this special run is numbered. With hardshell case it is offered at $2400.

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