Gower Guitars

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Any information regarding Gower Guitars from
Nashville Musical Instrument CO. INC establish in 1955.

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Re: Gower Guitars

: Any information regarding Gower Guitars from
: Nashville Musical Instrument CO. INC establish in 1955.
I have a gower acoustic that I purchased at auction,Six string dreadnaught size,the instrument
was in fair condition with some of the neck binding and nut dried and unglued after a thorough
cleaning some cosmetics restrung with John Pearse strings I was amazed at the wonderful voice
e this guitar has,the neck is very narrow and smooth playing with large block inlays.I contacted
a freind of mine in Nashville for some history on this instrument and company that produced it
but have not recieved any info so far.

Re: Gower Guitars

Here is what I know about Gower Guitars.

I am the original owner of a Gower 6-string,
built in 1972. The Gowers lived near Nashville,
where they owned some sort of small recording studio.
Perhaps as a money-making hobby, Mr. and Mrs. Gower
built guitars (perhaps a half-dozen per year?) which
they sold through Grayson's Music, an instrument dealer
in New York. It's certainly possible that the Gowers
sold their instruments through other dealers too.

I don't know how Grayson's made initial contact with
the Gowers. I do recall that there would be a small amount
of written correspondance concerning what style of guitar
would be built (for example, a Martin D-45 imitation), and
when it might be ready to be shipped.

My guitar also says "Gower Guitar established 1955" on the
head, but came without serial number or other identifying
information inside the guitar body. It has rosewood sides
and back, a mahogany neck, spruce top, ebony fingerboard.
The tuning machines should have been of better quality, and
I am having them replaced at the moment. The pick guard is
layered, with a black surface attached to a slightly large
white piece. The inlay in the fingerboard is simple: mother-
of-pearl dots in the usual places, but the purfling (the
striped binding where the back and sound board join to the
sides is pretty cool: it's 14 layers thick on the sound board-
to-sides edge. There is white binding along the edges of the
fingerboard. The quality of the (visible) craftsmanship is
excellent. I've never taken aninspection mirror to the guitar
when changing strings, so I can't comment about the bracing.

Mine's a nice instrument, with an unusually narrow neck
and good tone. In 1972 it cost me $300, which was the
"street price" for a Martin D-18. It's a much nicer guitar
than a D-18, and I've always been happy with it. It is being
repaired at the moment (nothing major), and I am eager to
have it back.

A luthier in Champaign, IL who knew of their guitars
told me that Mr. Gower had died a few years ago.

If anyone knows anything more/different about Gower Guitars,
please let me know-- my email address is g-gollin@uiuc.edu.

George Gollin
12/19/2002

: : Any information regarding Gower Guitars from
: : Nashville Musical Instrument CO. INC establish in 1955.
: I have a gower acoustic that I purchased at auction,Six string dreadnaught size,the instrument
: was in fair condition with some of the neck binding and nut dried and unglued after a thorough
: cleaning some cosmetics restrung with John Pearse strings I was amazed at the wonderful voice
: e this guitar has,the neck is very narrow and smooth playing with large block inlays.I contacted
: a freind of mine in Nashville for some history on this instrument and company that produced it
: but have not recieved any info so far.

Re: Gower Guitars

: Any information regarding Gower Guitars from
: Nashville Musical Instrument CO. INC establish in 1955. ***I would like information regarding the value of a Gower guitar bought in 1967 that is in exceptional condition. Please respond with realistic, actual appraisal prices on a guitar in wonderful condition.***

Re: Gower Guitars

: Any information regarding Gower Guitars from
: Nashville Musical Instrument CO. INC establish in 1955.

I would like to know the pricing range for a Gower guitar in mint condition: serial # 1020 and model # G-65. I would greatly appreciate any info u could also give me on this particular brand of guitar, because I have not heard much of it before.

Thanks,
Marc Robertson

Re: Gower Guitars

Here's a little tidbit from Vintage Guitar Magazine in an article about Leon Rhodes: "He was a quality control inspector/final assembler for Grammer Guitars in the late 1960s and went on to do similar work with Gower Guitars (manufacturer of a Leon Rhodes Model flat-top acoustic) in the 1970s."

I think you and I have brothers (or sisters) George. I bought mine in a music shop in Hempstead Ny (L.I.) in 1976 for $250. Best $250 I've ever spent.

Re: Gower Guitars

: Any information regarding Gower Guitars from
: Nashville Musical Instrument CO. INC establish in 1955.

I am JW Gower's nephew.he and mother his sister started Gower Guitar in 1955.when they started they built acoustic and also electric Guitars.they went on to mass produce acoustics.I will try to answer any questions you have.

Re: Gower Guitars

: : Any information regarding Gower Guitars from
: : Nashville Musical Instrument CO. INC establish in 1955.

: I am JW Gower's nephew.he and mother his sister started Gower Guitar in 1955.when they started they built acoustic and also electric Guitars.they went on to mass produce acoustics.I will try to answer any questions you have.

I meant my mother Alma Moore,sorry.

Gower guitar

I have a Gower Est 1955 on peg head, it is sn 1008, any idea when it was made. it has the block inlays in the finger board. Thanks

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