Hello there, AGies!
I'm new to the community, but have been playing guitar way longer than my abilities suggest.. going on 45 years.. but just acquired a dream guitar from my "youth"... a mint Gurian S2M from 1976..
Anyone else out there own one.. or other model.. I'm trying to get some details on orignal recommendations for string gauge or setup info. on this elusive instrument... can't seem to find out a lot about them.. or the builder, Michael Gurian.. though I understand he is considered to be one of the early boutique builders and mentor to a number of renowned modern luthiers.. Froggy Bottom, Cumpiano, and others. Maybe trade some sound clips?
I have a Gurian jumbo rosewood (East Indian Rosewood) J-R serial number C2568 which I bought new in 1977 in a music store in Austin, Texas. I've used it regularly now for over 30 years so it does show signs of use. The back has scratches from all the years of playing. The top has a pickguard but shows wear near the sound hole from finger wear. There are a few small dings in the top as well. There is a small chip missing from the peghead (where some drunk lady knocked my guitar into a friend's banjo). The finish on the guitar shows checking from all the years here in the dry Idaho climate. I understand the jumbos were particularly susceptable to this. There are no structural issues with the guitar at all and no previously repaired cracks or anything like that. It is in the original hardshell case and still has the letter of thanks from Michael Gurian on the purchase. The craftsmanship on these Gurian's is superb with the outstanding quality of the spruce and rosewood and the extra touch of wood binding. The jumbo size was great when I was playing with bluegrassers with it's big bassy sound. The nut width on this guitar is 42mm (1-21/32").
I may be interested in selling the guitar. As a result of a shoulder problem I usually play a smaller bodied guitar now. If you are interested then please contact me.
You didn't buy your Gurian in Dobie Mall on the edge of the UT campus, did you? That's where I met my first Gurian, and though I couldn't afford to buy one then, I never forgot it.
Time has passed, and now once again I can't afford to buy your Gurian, or I'd shoot you an offer! The more things change ....
Best of luck,
I can't remember the name of the store that I got the Gurian from. The were very hard to find in Texas in 1977. Checked out one other shop at the time that was in Houston but they didn't have anything in stock and were not particularly helpful.
Please pass along to anyone you might know that might be interested in the guitar.