Mills Grand Concert (1986) SOLD!

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So we were at a festival with our roving Aardvark booth and as often happens, someone wanders over with a guitar case and says, ”Hey I think I might have to get rid of a guitar, would you guys sell this one for me?” Usually they’re just run-of-the-mill guitars but in this case it’s a run-of-Scott-Mills guitar, which is whole world of difference. Scott is a now-retired boilermaker with a small shop in West Virginia. He used to travel for work rebuilding power plants and when home relaxed and indulged his creative side with guitar building. For the last 25 years he has built about 8-10 of his beauties a year in the same old-school low-tech, takes-a–lot-of-time, manner made famous by Wayne Henderson. This Indian Rosewood and Adirondack grand concert is one of those guitars that feels like it’s playing itself. The extra wide upper bouts seem to give it added richness and volume while the well-tuned top resonates tonefully. This Mills has subtle tonality for fingerpickers and the punch and bass that when played hard won’t disappoint bluegrass players. I called Scott to get a little background, I told him it was number 14 and he rattled off the specs and other info like he built it yesterday. Scott told me he built this one in 1986 and especially liked the boxwood binding, tiger maple headstock and rosewood pickguard which combine to give a unique signature appearance. He said the original owner didn’t play, and considered it more of an art object. Happily, it has been played for the last 10 years and has opened up nicely and experienced only a few little scratches and slight pickguard wear and some small professionally repaired binding separation. Overall a 9.5 for condition and a perfect example of small shop lutherie with a personality all its own. You can order a new one just like this from Scott himself for $2500, if you don’t mind a wait, or have this one in about three days. $1600 with hardshell case.

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So we were at a festival with our roving Aardvark booth and as often happens, someone wanders over with a guitar case and says, ”Hey I think I might have to get rid of a guitar, would you guys sell this one for me?” Usually they’re just run-of-the-mill guitars but in this case it’s a run-of-Scott-Mills guitar, which is whole world of difference. Scott is a now-retired boilermaker with a small shop in West Virginia. He used to travel for work rebuilding power plants and when home relaxed and indulged his creative side with guitar building. For the last 25 years he has built about 8-10 of his beauties a year in the same old-school low-tech, takes-a–lot-of-time, manner made famous by Wayne Henderson. This Indian Rosewood and Adirondack grand concert is one of those guitars that feels like it’s playing itself. The extra wide upper bouts seem to give it added richness and volume while the well-tuned top resonates tonefully. This Mills has subtle tonality for fingerpickers and the punch and bass that when played hard won’t disappoint bluegrass players. I called Scott to get a little background, I told him it was number 14 and he rattled off the specs and other info like he built it yesterday. Scott told me he built this one in 1986 and especially liked the boxwood binding, tiger maple headstock and rosewood pickguard which combine to give a unique signature appearance. He said the original owner didn’t play, and considered it more of an art object. Happily, it has been played for the last 10 years and has opened up nicely and experienced only a few little scratches and slight pickguard wear and some small professionally repaired binding separation. Overall a 9.5 for condition and a perfect example of small shop lutherie with a personality all its own. You can order a new one just like this from Scott himself for $2500, if you don’t mind a wait, or have this one in about three days. $1600 with hardshell case.