Greven Guitar - Model J-35


Description: Greven J-35 NV: USED, 2008, Excellent condition. This is a guitar that we originally sold new - with a few ownder upgrades now. The model is John's loose interpretation of a vintage Gibson J-35. The guitar has Mahogany back and sides with an Adirondack spruce top. Authentic vintage sunburst top; 1 13/16" nut width. Madagascar rosewood fretboard. Beautiful Brazilian rosewood bridge with Vintage through saddle and ivoroid pins with tortoise shell colored dots. Curly koa body binding. Spalted Maple rosette. Tortis black pickguard. MOP script headstock logo. MOP dot fretboard markers. Buffalo horn strap pin in neck. K&K Pure Western pickup. The original Nickel vintage Grover tuning machines have been upgraded to Gold Waverlies with Ebony buttons. French polished neck that feels GOOD! Majestic, thunderous tone. OHSC.

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Nut Width: 
1 13/16"
Saddle Spacing: 
2 5/16"
Scale Length: 
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Greven Guitars Background:

John¹s high school years were spent in Moorestown, New Jersey, where inspired by a left-handed custom Brazilian rosewood Gibson Mastertone, he made his first five-string banjo. Greven set up his own shop in Ithaca, New York, in 1967, where he built his first steel-string guitar.

In 1969 he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to work with John Davis and started building a line of acoustic steel-string guitars from their shared shop space. There George Gruhn discovered Greven¹s pearl work, engraving, and carving talents and hired him to take over the repair shop at GTR (now Gruhn Guitars) in Nashville. He worked for Gruhn until 1975, when the Greven Guitar Company was officially born.

In 1977, Greven moved from Nashville, Tennessee, to Nashville, Indiana. Between 1977 and 1990, Greven turned out over 500 guitars. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, George Harrison, Buffy St.Marie, John Denver, Stefan Grossman, Stephen Stills, Steve Martin, the Dirt Band, Johnny Cash, and Mary Chapin Carpenter own at least one Greven original.

Greven now lives and works in Portland, Oregon where he¹s made over 1100 guitars.

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