1980 Gurian S3M. SN D21XX. Guitar Database.

Gurian | S3M | 1980 | SN: D21xx

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Luthier Facts :
Name: Gurian
West SWanzey, New Hampshire
Wait list: No longer in production
RIYL:Gurians are considered to be excellent guitars and some of the better boutique guitars of the era.
Note: (RIYL) Recommended If You Like

  • Model: S3M
  • Serial no: D21xx
  • Year: 1980
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Headstock: Solid, Full “Gurian” headstock decal
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Total Length: 40.7″
  • Body length: 19.7″
  • Upper bout: 11.9″
  • Waist: 10.5″
  • Lower bout: 15.3″
  • Maximum depth: 4.0″
  • We spotted this lovely D series Gurian on ebay and Lee, the seller had this to say:

    -Browse through more Gurian guitars in our database: here

    “Mid-sized instrument with great projection and sustain. A choice instrument for solo or accompaniment. The guitar is not mint, it has some superficial signs from 30 years of play that are invisible to the camera, “beauty marks” would be more accurate.

    This guitar was recently returned by the buyer. The complaint was that there is some microscopic separation of the neck & fretboard near where the neck joins the body, and the bridge to an equal degree from the body top on the bass side. This is true, it requires significant magnification  to see, I attempted to photograph it and you’ll find the pictures above, but my photo lens wasn’t quite up to the task. This is an issue not uncommon on acoustic guitars of this age that have seen frequent play, and the above paragraph is from the original listing. It means the neck “might” need to be refitted at some point within the next several  years, if ever. Same with the bridge.

    The buyer also complained about the action being too high, this is really a matter of personal preference, I find the action to be a comfortable “Medium” but I also have large hands. The Gurian has a much thinner neck, more like a slim C or soft V profile on an electric. While the action on this guitar might be considered slightly high by normal acoustic standards, the neck & fingerboard on most acoustics are also much thicker & wider than the Gurian. This is an instrument more suited for lead accompaniment opposed to just strumming chords although it plays chords beautifully as well.”

    © Lee (used with permission)
    Norton Ltd

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