An outstanding guitar for anyone that's into modern-leaning takes on classic designs.
This remarkable NOS VT was a TME customer's order that they unfortunately couldn't take delivery of when it arrived. That's a bonus for us, and for you, as this is one of the coolest VT's we've had in quite some time!
Based off the "Linhof" spec we've been having Don Grosh make for us over the last several years (more on that below), this stunner features a few unique specs - a roasted, one-piece maple neck w/MoP dots; a one-piece Ash body; a reversed-orientation control plate. The results are incredible both visually and tonally.
While all Grosh guitars are alive feeing instruments in-hand, this one is especially so thanks to the aforementioned one-piece roasted maple neck and one-piece Ash body. Comfort, ease of play, refined Tele tones (ie, no ice picks highs here), and flawless build quality are the name of the game here.
Quick backstory: Kurt Linhof designed this style of Tele and J.W. Black (Fender Custom Shop) built them until Kurt passed away in 2014 (we've heard around 150 or so were made). Key attributes are the flipped bridge pickup, Strat body contours, and a mini-humbucker in the neck position.
Many theories exist about that flipped bridge pickup concept. One is that it originated with Hendrix's Strat (righty-played-lefty does the same to the bridge pickup orientation). Perhaps that was part of the reasons his guitar sounded so good (aside from him, of course).
Makes sense, right? The pickup is further away from the bridge on the treble strings, lessening the potential for icepick-in-the-ear Tele bridge tones, and the bass strings are closer to the bridge, upping the clarity and snap. In practice? That's exactly what happens on this Grosh T. Still sounds like a Tele, just sweeter and fuller.
With roots tracing back to Valley Arts Guitars, a major player in the L.A. studio scene of the late 80s and early 90s, Don Grosh today builds hand-crafted custom guitars with the best tone, looks, and playability available under his own Grosh Guitars name. His guitars straddle the line between vintage feel and modern features in a way that we find incredibly inspiring - plus - they feature some of the best fretwork you're likely to encounter.
Some of Don's customers include elite musicians like Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon, Lee Sklar, Vince Gill, Lee Ritenour, Mark Lettieri, and Mark Knopfler.