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Axes & Artifacts

When it comes to vintage guitars, few places on earth can even hope to compete with the expertise and inventory of George Gruhn’s mainstay shop in Nashville. Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars is one of the most referenced books you can find on the subject, and the crew at Gruhn Guitars is second to none at the history, inspection, certification, repair, and upkeep of fine guitars. They’ve also got a pretty stellar collection of vintage amps. So stellar, in fact, that we’ve decided to partner with Gruhn Guitars to give you an opportunity to hear notable guitars and amps from their collection, as played by Premier Guitar’s own John Bohlinger, as well as to learn what makes the rare specimens special from repair shop manager Greg Voros. So without further ado, we give you our video series, "Axes & Artifacts".

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Axes & Artifacts: Gibson ’58 & ’61 ES-335 & ’60 ES-330

April 4, 2019
Hear and learn about the surprising differences between these three classic axes of yore.
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Axes & Artifacts: Rick Turner Model 1 Lindsey Buckingham Prototype

August 21, 2018
John Bohlinger plugs in the one-of-a-kind signature guitar custom-built for the Fleetwood Mac icon.
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Axes & Artifacts: Albert King's Tom Holmes THC Flying V

June 11, 2018
John Bohlinger shreds on one of the late blues god's most unique instruments while Gruhn Guitars' Greg Voros reveals the fascinating backstory.
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Axes & Artifacts: Nancy Wilson's 1978 PRS 12-String

November 3, 2017
Gruhn Guitars' Greg Voros shows us a pristine, one-of-a-kind axe built for Heart's veteran rocker.
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Axes & Artifacts: Duane Allman's 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

May 15, 2017
Watch PG's John Bohlinger have a joyride on Skydog's 6-string—which was featured on "Layla," The Allman Brothers Band, and Idlewild South.
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Axes & Artifacts: 1961 Gibson Byrdland and 1963 Fender Princeton

March 21, 2017
John Bohlinger checks out a super-rare Byrdland with a factory-installed Bigsby, as well as a pristine version of the classic 1x10 combo.
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Axes & Artifacts - Fender Bassman Shoot Out (1958, 1959 & 1960)

November 7, 2016
PG's John Bohlinger and Gruhn Guitars' Lloyd Nicely plug into not just one but three of Leo's most coveted vintage tweed amps.
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Axes & Artifacts: 1959 Fender Jazzmaster and 1971 Super Reverb

May 2, 2016
In this episode, PG's ace demo man John Bohlinger works out one of the earliest production models of the popular offset-bodied guitar through a classic silverface 4x10 combo.
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Axes & Artifacts: 1957 Gretsch 6120 & 1961 Fender Bassman

December 14, 2015
In this episode we spotlight an iconic cowboy guitar that has DeArmond single-coils and we hear it through an early ’60s blonde head piggybacked on an unusual 1x15 cab.
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Axes & Artifacts: '55 Fender Stratocaster and '59 Deluxe

August 11, 2015
In our second installment, Gruhn Guitars’ Greg Voros shows and tells us about two rare ’50s Fenders—a tweed Deluxe and a Strat with Bakelite parts—while PG’s John Bohlinger mesmerizes us with stellar playing on these fascinating pieces.
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Axes & Artifacts: 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez & 1962 Ampeg Reverberocket

July 1, 2015
In the debut episode of our new video series, Gruhn Guitars' Greg Voros gives us the lowdown on an ultra-rare guitar and amp, while John Bohlinger demos their luscious tones as only he can.
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