c.1958 Gower Acoustic

As you may have noticed, I have a thing for guitars from obscure makers. There’s something I just love about individuals or small companies making a go of it, competing against the bigger and more established giants in their field. The Gower Guitar Company of Nashville certainly fits that mold.
J.W. Gower began building guitars in his Nashville garage in 1955. He built primarily acoustics that found there way into the hands of some pretty big country players. In 1965 or so Gower went into business with Billy Grammer, designing a line of guitars based closely on the ones he had been building. The story goes that due a dispute over who’s name would go on the headstock and JW left the company, just as they were getting off the ground. He restarted the Gower company in 1967, opening a 3,900 square-foot shop on Division St. in Nashville. The first employees were J.W.’s father F.D. Gower along with his brothers Max and Harold, his Daughter Alma and another partner, A.W. Reid. The bulk of Gower Guitars were made at this factory although I am convinced that the at least one batch of Gowers from the early 70’s were imported from Japan and finished off in the Nashville shop.
This one here is a really cool and very early example of Gowers work. There is no way to precisely date it but it has the early, headstock logo that he was using on the garage built guitars, Identical binding to other examples from the 50’s and early 60’s as well as Grover 98 tuners from the 50’s/early 60’s. All of the later Gowers had Rotomatics on them. It’s 25 1/2″ scale length and 15 1/2″ at the lower bout. The top is spruce and the rest of the guitar is made out of maple. The neck is great. chunkier than any Gower I have seen but in a good way and certainly not to big. There are several tight, repaired cracks on the top as shown in the pictures and one small piece of missing binding and tight crack on the back. There is also an area of the upper bout, where you would rest your arm, where it is possible that the finish has been touched up. The action great the whole way up the the straight neck and the frets are in good shape. The sound is loud but not boomy and has a lot of midrange. Not a ton of low end, as is common with maple guitars. This was clearly designed for a country music front man to strum along with the band.
You can really tell this is a handcrafted guitar, built with care and attention to detail. I personally prefer these early Gowers to the later, factory produced, Grammer guitars. There’s just a whole lot more character. Overall, this is a well preserved example of a rare piece of Nashville guitar making history.
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