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Really nice Gurian J-M in great shape, These guitars are all handmade and have an amazing clear woody sound that really projects. Michael Gurian has been building guitars for celebrities like Paul Simon and Jackson Browne since the 1970's but has always kept a low profile so is a well kept secret in the handmade guitar world!!!
Since all of these guitars are handmade they may differ slightly but below is a bunch of info I have found on these guitars.
This one has some dings and some playing wear but is in overall great shape with lots of life left in the frets. Comes with Hard shell case.
As with all guitars purchased from MCG, this one comes with a full set up to the buyers specs!!!

From Gurian guitar registry online - Bill Cumpiano said "Gurian built his reputation among studio guitarists who liked fast, narrow necks and the punch of a long scale length (his was the longest in the business). Some of the celebrities who play Gurians are Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Paul Simon, who still treasures a custom wide-neck Size 3 Gurian made for him in the early '70s."

Specs are: 25 1/2" scale, 1 5/8" nut width, 1 3/8" string spacing at the nut, 2 1/4" spacing at the bridge (lots of taper which is nice), 15 3/8" lower bout, 11 3/4" upper bout, and 4 5/8" depth at the end block. While the body size makes this a "000" guitar, its rounded shoulders and wider waist give it more of a mini-jumbo feel and shape.
The neck has a slim, C-shaped back profile and a board with almost no radius at all. It must be something like 16" or so. Very nice herringbone sound-hole rosette, half herringbone top purfling, and Schaller tuners.
All Gurians are rare, exquisite, hand-built guitars made between 1965 and 1981. This one with the standard 1-5/8" neck width. Jumbo size guitar with mahogany back and sides, The largest Gurian with the heaviest bass response and a thick full sound Favored by accompanist or soloists when filling a large room with a bossy sound.

All Gurian guitars come with ebony fingerboards and real ivory nuts and saddles. This is probably unique among guitar manufacturers since the less durable rosewood usually replaces ebony on less expensive models. Most famous manufacturers use no real ivory even on their best models.
Unlike most manufacturers, Micheal himself selects, saws and seasons the wood for Gurian guitars at the factory. The importance of fine tone-woods cannot be overemphasized and, for this reason, Micheal scrupulously selects from tens of thousands of sets the woods for his own guitars. The saws shown in this catalog are at the Gurian Factory and are used exclusively for the production of guitar tonewoods. Only a small, prime percentage of this large production goes into Gurian guitars. No other manufacturer has such extensive milling equipment or such a vast selection at hand.
The standard wood used for backs and sides in fine guitars is quarter-sown mahogany. It makes a strong, brilliant, reliable instrument of good appearance. Since it is a little lighter and softer than rosewoods, it has a somewhat brasher and more open tone.

Woods are: solid spruce top, solid mahogany back/sides, mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard. The bridge, binding, and headstock veneer are rosewood.

Mountain Cat Guitars

Mountain Cat Guitars

1989
Gurian
Excellent
Hard
12 Years
Mountain Cat Guitars
Douglas Myer
845 918-1607
Suffern, NY
2:37 PM
By Appointment