1972 Gower -


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  • Year: 1972
  • Manufacturer: Gower
  • Model: -
  • Case: Soft
  • Color: natural
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Description: Retrofret Stock # 5000. Gower Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, c. 1972, made in Nashville, TN, natural finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black soft shell case. This Gower guitar's strong resemblance to a contemporary Grammer guitars is no accident; the names are firmly linked in history although the details are not always clear. J.W. Gower was a local Nashville hand-builder in business since 1955; around 1965 he was the designer of Billy Grammer's guitar line. According to family sources he left the partnership almost immediately after discovering that the instruments would be marketed solely under Grammer's name. Gower continued to hand build both acoustic and electric guitars; this particular instrument bears no label or serial number but appears to date to the early 70's. It is built using beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood for the back and sides, and very nice woods for the other parts as well. The workmanship is good but not as clean as modern standards; this is definitely a hand-built guitar. The neck is slim and comfortable, the sound is quite good. An unusual and interesting Dreadnought with a genuine Nashville legacy.Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 7/16 in. (646 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). Very little wear overall; appears all original and lightly used. One repaired back crack and a slightly sloppy re-glue of the lower pickguard tip are the only noticeable issues. Some finish flaking and wear along the fingerboard edge. A good player with a very good sound for an early-'70's guitar. Excellent Condition.