Bill Gruggett/Gene Moles

Bill Gruggett/Gene Moles

Here we have a vintage tenor guitar custom made by Bill Gruggett. Bill was an early Mosrite employee who was the shop foreman during the heyday of the company. He then went on to work for Hallmark Guitars where he created the Stradette. After Hallmark closed down in the late 60’s. Bill continued building custom guitars. When Mosrite started back up in the mid 70’s Bill Went back to work for Semie making the Brass Rail’s and other cool guitars. After Mosrite went out of business a second time Bill just continued making his own custom guitars and doing expert repair work on Vintage Mosrites.

This is the only tenor he ever built and it was custom ordered by Gene Moles, hence the GM Custom on the headstock. Gene was a successful surf and studio guitarist in the 60’s and then ran a guitar store in Bakersfield. It is made out of ash, walnut and maple and the fretboard is a beautiful 5 piece chevron style. It is in fantastic, all original condition. The original Bill Lawrence pickups are hot and loud and really sound great. The neck is straight and the action and frets are low, just like a Mosrite. There is a fair amount of finish checking but it doesn’t seem to show in the photos. There are a couple small scratches and dings but nothing serious at all. The second to last photo shows a piece of rubber grip tape that has been on the bottom side of the guitar since I got it. I do not know if this is original or not but it comes in handy so I haven’t removed it.

Price: Sold