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1985 Greven #500 White Lady, Cocobolo/German Spruce
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Greven, John
Product Year
1985
Model
White Lady
Serial #
500
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP742
Condition
Non-adjustable truss rod added and neck reset by Pat DiBurro. A few finish checks, otherwise excellent.
Body Type(s)
Large, Jumbo
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Cocobolo
Top
Spruce - German
Neck Wood
Maple - 3 Piece
Neck Profile
V - Soft
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Abalone
Top Trim
Abalone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ivoroid
Fret Markers
Side Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood - Cocobolo
Headstock Bindings
Ivoroid
Headstock Inlay
MOP
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuner Finish
Gold with Ivory Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
None
Body Length
20.125 in
Upper Bout
11.625 in
Lower Bout
16.25 in
Body Depth Heel
3.875 in
Body Depth Tail
4.25 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.1875 in
String Spacing (mm)
55.6 mm
Weight
5 lb. 1 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

Few milestones are quite so handsome as John Greven’s #500 White Lady. From the baseline gorgeousness of brick-red Cocobolo and tight-grained German Spruce, the eye candy has only one direction to go, and that’s up. So much canvas to make use of, and John didn’t shy away. The fretboard, headstock, bridge, pickguard, purflings—all inlaid in Abalone and Mother-of-Pearl. A moon-silhouetted woman poses between the tuner posts, and an etched dragon lurks on the opposite side between the tuner machines. An Ivory face is inset into the heel, itself ornately carved and abutting the sides with Ivoroid and MOP, and Ivory for both nut and saddle. Thistles and vines twine across the length of the fretboard,  populated by sprites and winged creatures.


The generous curves of the 16 inch lower bout lend the voice a heaping spoonful of extra bottom end that retains clarity and articulation. An incredible flatpicker; the slight V neck gives the left thumb a bit to hang onto. When we went south into dropped tunings, Greven #500 kept up without breaking a sweat. This is the sort of guitar which, the more you dig in, the more it gives back. It’s opened up handsomely over the past few decades, and after some recent neck and setup work by Pat Diburro, this swansong of a milestone is ready for many more years of action.


Believe us when we say there’s not another guitar quite like this one in existence, especially considering that John has since developed an allergy to Cocobolo--this is one of only a very small handful of Cocobolo Grevens in existence.


Other spellings: graven, grevan, white laydie, grevin, grevne, 

Few builders ever get to making 500 guitars in their entire career. John Greven is well past that milestone now!
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.1875 in
WOODS SPRUCE - GERMAN,
ROSEWOOD - COCOBOLO

Few milestones are quite so handsome as John Greven’s #500 White Lady. From the baseline gorgeousness of brick-red Cocobolo and tight-grained German Spruce, the eye candy has only one direction to go, and that’s up.
 

Few builders ever get to making 500 guitars in their entire career. John Greven is well past that milestone now!
 
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