52 Guitars, week 45—Grosh Guitars Sunset ’79

Back in 1979 I visited the USA for the very first time as a young pre-teen. I spent 3 months going to school there. One of my fondest memories of the time is colour. That may seem strange coming from a website that dedicates itself to all black and white content, but it’s still true. Brightly coloured skateboards were the rage as were Harley Davidsons with the most amazing and vibrant colour schemes. I wasn’t as involved with guitars back then as I am now, but I do remember seeing some guitars and colour was big in that world too. The guitar I’ve discovered for this week’s article combines the colours of the era with some of the coolest modern features you can get in a guitar today. It also happens to be one of the sexiest designs I’ve seen. Ever.

The Grosh Guitars Sunset ’79 is a double cutaway guitar, but not as closely aligned to the Stratocaster shape as many double cutaways are. In fact, I really like the way the two cutaways use the same directional cutaway from each side of the neck. It’s a beautiful shape and makes sense in a playability kind of way. There are currently six different versions of the Sunset ’79 for you to look at in the official Grosh Guitars SmugMug gallery. You can see all angles of this beautiful looking guitar there and you can also see first-hand how amazing the colours are. That, you can’t do on this site.

So, what components make up this fine instrument? Let’s list them!

  • Alder body
  • Gotoh non-locking tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Floyd Rose bridge
  • Two Grosh humbucker pickups (zebra style)
  • Three-way pickup selector
  • Master volume and master tone (coil tapped)
  • Maple one-piece neck (modified D shape)

Maple necks. I love maple necks and this satin lacquered version just looks divine on these beautifully finished nitrocellulose lacquered bodies. You can colour match the headstock with the body colour if you wish. I’d leave it exactly as it is though. Actually there are many options with this guitar. You can go for a Swamp Ash body, use metallic or pearl paint, opt for a rosewood neck and a whole lot more.

Me? I’d go stock-standard with one small change. Black hardware on a white body. Perfection.

Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar. I have not experienced the sound or feel of this guitar. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

Grosh Guitars Sunset '79
Grosh Guitars Sunset ’79
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