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Gruhn Guitars Inc, Nashville

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4.2/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Specializing in vintage, used, and new guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, and amps since 1970. Gruhn Guitars 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, Larrivee and many independent builders.
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  • Went to their tent sale and saw Vincent Gill shopping! What an awesome treat! Such a nice guy! Gruhn has a great selection and is reasonably priced! Worth a visit if you are looking for a guitar or st...  read more »
  • This was the first time I've been to Gruhn's since they moved from downtown. A great array of vintage instruments - Mostly Martin guitars. Casual enough to stroll and pick up an instrument and play a ...  read more »
  • This was my first visit to Gruhn's. I had seen a Gibson banjo on the website and went to look at it. Calvin was such a help to me. Knowledgeable and professional. These people know their music and the...  read more »
  • Saturday I was in Berry Hill on a business inspection. Being from Chattanooga and having had little time for anything but work this year, I decided to take my wife and make it a mini-outing. Gruhn Guitars happens to be close to the job site, so I decided to stop and check it out. So glad I did! Although I am not in the market for new instruments, already having too many I cannot play, we spent a very enjoyable hour browsing. My wife, who was less than thrilled about stopping, thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the beautiful instruments. We had never seen a $16,500 banjo! There are tons of instruments, from high end Gibson electrics to Martin acoustics to ukeleles to mandolins to banjos to some things I had never seen. Mostly it's high end and vintage/collectible, but there are lower end instruments as well. And on the few things whose prices were familiar to me, the prices were the same as Amazon or Guitar Center or Sweetwater - amazing for an independent brick and mortar! When we were there, there were people from Ohio and from Florida specifically to visit Gruhn's! Even though we were obviously not buying anything (no way am I picking up or trying out a $4,000 Martin or $2,500 vintage Beard resonator or $16,000 vintage Gibson banjo!) the staff was unfailingly friendly, not pushy but informative when we asked questions. Admittedly we've made only one visit and only met two employees, but it's difficult to imagine what one would have to do to make those two rude. We ended up happily dropping fifty bucks (tee shirt, hat, Golden Gate thumb picks.) They did have lots of instruments I could afford (and wanted!) so it's probably just as well we are in Chattanooga. Were Gruhn local to me I'd have to stop in often to see their amazing selection and there's no telling how many instruments I'd end up buying with no need, no time, and no talent! Highly recommended. This is a store with enough unique instruments to tempt the collector or recording/performance artists, but also with enough used and reasonably priced equipment for the novice. And if you're like me, just spend an hour or so enjoying seeing the instruments and maybe buy a shirt or hat or some of their many, many picks or straps or other accessories. You won't be sorry.
  • Nice store filled with Vintage gems. I've tried a 63 Gibson Firebird on an Ampeg amp. (reissue). Told the seller I wouldn't be buy it, but I just had to try it! He gladly let me in the sound room with a smile. The mini humbuckers sounded like nothing I've ever played before! ;) Nice assortment of acoustic and banjo as well. Great store if you're in the market for a collector's item. Knowledgeable staff that lets you pickup any item you're drooling on.
  • Wow.... we were in visiting Belmont for admission in the fall. The worst customer service out of all the guitar shops we visited in this Amazing city .... RUDE staff and horrible customer service ... obviously the staff there doesn't appreciate you asking questions ... but no worries there are plenty of Awesome guitar shops in Nashville to assist and care for their customers..... Carter was absolutely Amazing . SO my advice would be not to waste your time with this guitar shop and it's RUDE staff ....
  • We stopped at Gruhn Guitars In late January on our trip south to Florida for the winter. I wanted to check out their Martin guitars and I was in for a real treat! The store carried a huge selection of Martins, both new and vintage. The store staff let me browse and play anything I wanted and answered every question I had. Rob Ruff worked with me, answering questions, checking specs, and suggesting various guitars to play. I focused in on a Martin 000-28 for my next guitar but was not ready to buy while we were on our trip. Rob suggested that when we returned home from Florida, they could ship a brand new guitar to me in MIchigan. After returning home, Rob called me to tell me they had just received a 000-28 that day and it could be sent to me. The brand new 000-28 is with me now and I love it! Rob followed through on every detail for me and I could not be happier with my purchase and all of the people at Gruhn Guitars!! Gruhn Guitars is a first class store with a great selection and staff. I highly recommend this store and Martin guitars.
  • I had only a quick visit. Impressive sélection of guitars and great staff. Most of the guitars are expensive for an amateur, but some are accessible.
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