The second half of our gallery, chosen by PG readers, is here!

"Possibly one of the best-known guitar shops in the country, Gruhn Guitars is known for their wide selection of vintage instruments, including historic early acoustic, archtop, and resonator guitars. Owner George Gruhn is a recognized expert on vintage instruments, and the store also offers appraisals. In addition to the storeуs new and vintage selection, George Gruhn has designed his own line of hollowbody electrics."

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This rare English Tonemaster was made circa 1957.

The Valco-produced English Tonemaster is a rare, lap-steel-inspired gem from the 1950s—when genres and guitar design were fluid.

The 1950s were a peculiar time for the electric guitar. Innovators, designers, and tinkerers were pushing the boundaries of the instrument, while musicians were experimenting with various playing techniques and sounds. There was an evolution of sorts (or de-evolution, depending on your slant) from solidbody “sit-down” guitars, like pedal and lap steels, to “stand-up” or “upright” solidbody electrics. If you look at an early Fender catalog—let’s say from 1953—you’ll see the Telecaster (and Esquire), the Precision Bass, and then a whole bunch of steel guitars. There was a shift underway, and many manufacturers began to blur the lines of what a guitar should look, sound, and play like.

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PRS Guitars and John Mayer officially announce the PRS SE Silver Sky, an affordable version of the original with PRS trademark bird inlays and three single-coil pickups.

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