Handmade Guitars by Bob Gramann

I have been playing guitar for over 50 years.  In 1992, motivated by curiosity and boldness, I toured the Martin factory and bought a Martin D-18 kit.  The instructions with the kit (basically a box of wood with some of the more difficult jobs already done) were minimal.  To complete the kit, I had to do a lot of independent reading.  It was worth the effort.  The instrument that I completed sounded better and was easier to play than my Martin D-35.  Unfortunately, anyone looking at it could tell that I made it myself.  I knew I could do better.  I analyzed what I had done differently from what Martin had done on my guitar and figured out why it sounded and played better.  I made three more kits before I decided that the kits were limiting what I could do.  At that point, building guitars became an obsession.  It was something I had to do.  To keep building, I had to start selling my instruments or the house would fill up with guitars.  That was over 100 instruments ago.  With every instrument, I strive to make a better one than the last.  My instruments have been purchased by some very good players and I am thankful and proud of that.
98 Front

Bob Gramann
122 Laurel Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

(540) 898-0611