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Nerves of Steel At Work

After the GuitarMash at City Winery, we were treated to an after party at Gruhn Guitars, one or the premier vintage guitar dealers in the whole world. Most of the festivities were held in the main showroom of Gruhn’s three-story location on 8th Avenue, on the outskirts of downtown Nashville, but the real treat was getting a chance to go up to the second and third floors.

On the second floor – that’s where the really expensive stuff is on display. From the $5-10,000 guitars on the ground floor, now we’re looking at $25,000 and higher instruments. I’ll post a photo later of me playing a $55,000 1940s D28.

The real treat was getting a tour of the workshop on the third floor, led by Greg Voros,. the Repair Department Manager. Here, Greg is explaining how the neck of a vintage Martin – in this case a 1940 D-45 worth something in the neighborhood of half a million dollars – is “re-set.” After nearly 80 years, the neck has to be removed through a very delicate process. One false move, Greg explains, and the value of the instrument can plunge by as much as $150,000.

Clearly not a job for the faint of heart.

Beth: It’s All About The Hat

After a too-long hiatus from that sort of thing, I did a model/portrait shoot a couple of weeks ago with the effervescent @BethLeannGobble. She first caught my eye when I noticed her at a gathering where she was wearing this hat. I liked the way it framed her face and managed to muster the gumption to ask her i I could photograph her. Conveniently, she needed some photos as much as I needed to shoot some, so it was a perfect “TFP” situation. Beth was great to work with and we got some cool shots, mostly using the natural light around her home in East Nashville. .