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?
Hi everybody! I've got a Koa Wood Gurian guitar I'm thinking about selling. Let me know if anyone's interested! The serial is D2424. J-K model. It also comes with a case.
Always interested in Gurians. What are you hoping to get for it?
I have what is probably the most abused 'survivor' Gurian guitar & still functioning example on Earth (3rd planet from the Sun).
It is an A-1432 JM model. I bought it new in 1972 from Bill Lewis Music in Vancouver, BC. Apparently Bill & Michael met while learning classical guitar building together on some island previous to this, probably the reason that this New York guitar made it this far west & in Canada to boot. Michael rode his motorcycle across North America to visit Bill this year, '72.
This Gurian has played everywhere from Double Bayou, Texas to a whore house in Belgium to Peace River Alberta. It's been smashed in 2 side ways, smashed in 2 at the headstock (going over a cliff outside Grand Forks, BC, smashing through the car side glass instead of my head, therefore the Gurian saved my life!)...bottom block smashed out by the Airlines, sides & top too many cracks to count, etc. and is still alive & well, sounding better then any guitar I've ever played (and we're talkin' herringbone 28's & war time Gibsons)...
...because it is an A series the neck could not be replaced so I had Ted Thompson of 'Thompson Guitars' build a Bigsby style head-stock for it (plus he added to the back of the neck an inlay of flamed maple to strengthen it, my idea).
This is the 'Cadillac Bob' Gurian about the 2nd day I owned it...Michael Dunn eventually adjusted the truss rod, and I put big transparent pickguards north & south of the sound hole (heavy handed finger-picker, heavy gauge .60 low E strings) or else it would look like a large version of Willie's 'Trigger'!