Grammer G-20C Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1969)

Grammer  G-20C Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1969)

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Grammer G-20C Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1969), made in Nashville, TN, serial # 1200, green sunburst finish, maple back and sides, spruce top; maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, brown chipboard case.

The Grammer Guitar company of Nashville, Tennessee was one of the great lost dreams of 1960s fretted history, born and reborn more than once in the mid-late 1960s. This G-20C "Custom" Dreadnought is one of the short-lived company's more engaging creations. With a striking green-to-natural sunburst, fancy binding on the top and fingerboard, splendid burl maple back and sides, and the multi-pointed, engraved plastic-faced Grammer headstock, this is one distinctive-looking flat-top. At the time this guitar was made, Grammer was owned and run by Ampeg, and it carries a small stylized "A" logo on the headstock.

Conjuring up images of spangled polyester pantsuits and slick late-'60s country performers, this guitar is an instant evocation of a lost era of Nashville Gothic. It's also a good-playing guitar, with the typical powerful rhythm sound required of a frontman's instrument!
 
Overall length is 40 1/8 in. (101.9 cm.), 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 5 in. (12.7 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar remains in nicely original condition with no alterations, just some small dings, scratches, and dents to the finish, but no major wear. The fairly heavy lacquer on the body does have some noticeable checking, mostly on the top. There are a couple of very small tight repaired spruce grain cracks just coming off the tip of the fingerboard by the sound hole, and what looks like a repaired grain crack to the top coming off the lower edge.

The bridge has been re-glued, and possibly the pickguard as well -- at least one small lower corner tip has been re-attached. Compared to many Grammars of this period, the wood on this guitar is better preserved with none of the grain shrinkage issues we sometimes see. The neck and frets show minimal wear and the guitar plays very well. Overall one of the nicer Grammers we have had, with a deeper sound and more whomp than many! Overall Excellent Condition.