Iconic Nashville music store Gruhn Guitars turns 50
The world renowned Gruhn Guitars music shop in Nashville has reached a personal milestone as the store recently turned 50, doing so on January 2.
The guitar shop is a must visit destination for anyone who is interested in the playing side of music, with its extensive library of classic guitars and with the amount of knowledge, experience and know-how the staff have.
Speaking about reaching the milestone in a statement, George Gruhn – Owner and CEO of the shop – and Eric Newell – President and General Manager – recapped their journey and thanked everyone who has helped them get to where they are now.
“It all started 50 years ago with 22 instruments and a storefront in the heart of Nashville’s downtown,” Gruhn and Newell said. “Our first name was GTR for George Gruhn, Tut Taylor and Randy Wood. While our instruments were not considered vintage, as they were at most 40 years old, we knew those “Golden Era” instruments were special.
“Through 50 years of business, there have been times it seemed like an emotional and economic roller coaster. We can certainly say there have been times of great challenges, but our love of finely crafted instruments never wavered. Today, we have an inventory of over 2000 fretted instruments housed in a space of 18,000 square feet.
“One aspect of being in business for 50 years that we would not have foreseen in 1970 are the amazing people we have met along the way. The joy of working with customers who share our passion for fine fretted instruments has inspired us to maintain a place where we can enjoy these beautiful instruments together.
“Today marks a milestone for all of us. We, at Gruhn Guitars, with you, want to raise a glass to 50 years of preserving the tools that aid in the creation of music in our homes to stages across the world.”
You can find Gruhn Guitars in Nashville on 2120 8th Ave S.