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Q&A With George Gruhn
The front and back of Kurt Handwer's '65
Strat exhibit Fender's blond finish of the era,
which is just translucent enough to reveal
sap lines and other anomalies in the wood.

Anniversary designation, so, strictly speaking
there is no such thing as a stand-alone 150th
Anniversary D-45. However, Martin did offer a
style D-45V that year with Brazilian rosewood
peghead overlay, back, and sides. Exactly 40
were produced.
I have a '41 Gibson that appears to
be an ES-300, with serial number
96877, a slanted pickup, and two
top-mounted control knobs, but the
paper label on the inside indicates
it's an L-7. What is my guitar? -
David McClary

NICKEL AND BLOND STRAT?
Plus, when is an L-7 really an ES-300?

H

as anyone in your shop ever seen a
blond '65 Stratocaster with nickel
hardware? - Kurt Handwer

after Fender went to rosewood fingerboards
in mid '59.

The finish is original and matches Telecaster
and Stratocaster blond finishes from the mid
'60s. The body has some dark sap lines or
other anomalies which can be seen through
the finish. The combination of nickel-plated
hardware with blond is more common than
gold-plated hardware with blond, especially

I have an '83 Martin 150th Anniversary
D-45 and am curious how many Brazilian
versions were made. Martin's production
chart indicates 74 were made that year, but
how many were the signed-label Brazilian
model? - Jim Gates

In 1983, all Martin guitars received the 150th

Gibson factory records show that
serial number 96877 was an ES-300
shipped in a hardshell case to Amarillo Band House, Amarillo, Texas,
on May 21, 1941. An EH-185 amp was
included in the shipment.
It's interesting to note that the log lists instruments appearing sequentially by serial number
before and after this one are all L-7s - dozens of
them, in fact. Therefore, I'd posit your ES-300
received an L-7 label through simple clerical error.
This column addresses questions about features and
model changes on stringed instruments, information on
manufacturers, driving forces in the marketplace, the
effects of technology on music, and any other related
subject. Questions can be sent to vguitar@vintageguitar.
com with "Gruhn Q&A" in the subject line.
George Gruhn has been part of the Nashville music
scene for more than 30 years. He moved to Nashville in
1969 after getting his Bachelor's Degree from the University
of Chicago and doing graduate work at Duke University
and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In 1970, he
established Gruhn Guitars, Inc., one of the largest dealers
of vintage and used instruments in the world.

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