1940 Grinnell Special Spanish
1936 Gibson made Grinnell Special Spanish in excellent condition. Grinnell Brothers was the largest music retailer in Michigan in the 1930s. They had Gibson make them a house brand in the mid 30s. This guitar is similar to a Kalamazoo Oriole however it has a gorgeous sunburst finish and the way-cool Grinnell logo on the peghead. This very guitar is featured in Paul Fox's book “The Other Brands of Gibson Guitars”. The flamed maple back and sides give the tone a nice snap and clean high end. Interestingly this guitar has a mahogany fingerboard dyed dark. Unclear if this was specified or just a case of Gibson using what they had on hand. Original condition except for a perfect reproduction bridge and neck reset done here by Tom. Original frets received a grind and polish so playability is perfect. Includes original soft case.