Frigid temperatures pose threat to vintage guitars

Frigid temperatures pose threat to vintage guitars

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The frigid weather is not just an issue for people, vehicles, and water pipes, but also vintage guitars.

Nashville's legendary Gruhn Guitars is dealing with the effects that come with the cold, such as the necessity for heat indoors.

George Gruhn's vintage guitars require constant moisture to keep them from cracking, but with the bitterly cold temperatures masking Middle Tennessee the last couple of days, the heat has been pumping at full blast inside his shop.

Newly relocated to 8th Avenue from Lower Broadway, Gruhn Guitars has yet to install their most important appliance: an industrial grade humidifier.

"They have to custom build it," said Gruhn.

The lack of the humidifier combined with the necessity for indoor heat, leading to dry air, Gruhn came up with a noisy solution.

"While the current situation with the noise may not be perfect, it sure as heck beats the alternate," he said.

Gruhn purchased 18 humidifiers to place around his three-story, 18,000 square foot business in order to keep the air full of moisture.

"Our humidity is where we need it, but had I not done that, it would have been a mess," he explained.

The moisture keeps the guitars, some priced in excess of $100,000, playable and structurally sound.

The commercial grade humidifier Gruhn expects to have installed by the end of the month costs around $30,000.

Gruhn Guitars is located at 2120 8th Avenue South.  Visit for more information.

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