Gruen Acoustic Guitars
My guitars have so far appealed
in part to guitarists who play Gypsy style jazz but also other styles. Some
of these people are looking for something different, perhaps to be recognized
for their own sound; others want to be able to use one guitar for gigs which
involve some Gypsy jazz and some other jazz or standards and who don't like
the way the "other" music comes out on Selmer Mac style instruments.
I'm currently building a 7-string version for a well-recorded professional player. I have played guitar for over 40 years, including Gypsy jazz, swing, modern chord-melody jazz, and even bluegrass. My guitars combine elements of Selmer Mac, archtop, and flattop construction, to produce a sound which, I think, has the bite and projection of Selmer Macs, coupled with more warmth and sustain. Tone is variable by inserting wooden "stoppers" into any one or two of the four oval soundholes. My guitars are available in 16", 17", and 18" lower bout widths, and in various woods.
Paul Gruen (Gruen Acoustic Guitars)
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)