Grez Guitars pays homage to 50s electric guitars with the Mendocino Junior, constructed from century-old redwood


Petaluma, Calif.-based builder Grez Guitars has announced the Mendocino Junior, a new guitar with a body crafted from reclaimed vintage redwood.

Paying homage to electric guitars of the 50s, the lightweight six-string sports a plethora of high-end appointments, including a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck and 12′, 22-fret Macassar ebony fingerboard with maple inlays, MojoAxe Wrap tailpiece and Satin Nitro finish.

The electronics include a singular Wolftone Meaner Dog Ear P-90 pickup, controlled via walnut-finished master volume and tone knobs.

“Inspired by the vintage pieces we love from the 50s, I sought to create instruments with the same feel and sound,” says luthier Barry Grezbik.

“Building with first growth reclaimed wood originally harvested 100 years ago has given us a head start. This wood is super well seasoned and has a liveliness that is hard to get from younger, recently harvested trees.

The Mendocino Junior is available now for $2,700. For more information, visit Grez Guitars.

The new offering is of course not the first guitar in the Grez lineup to feature old redwood. Last year, the company introduced the Smugglers Bridge Folsom, made from roughly 1,000-year-old redwood timber.


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