David Grissom moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a regular on the vibrant local scene. He was first playing guitar with Lucinda Williams and went on to join Texas legend Joe Ely’s band in 1985. It was with Joe Ely that he spent his time touring and recording nonstop until 1991. In 1991 David joined John Mellencamp’s band. He continued to play on three records with John and toured until 1993.
After Mellencamp, David went back to Austin and formed Storyville. Storyville included the Double Trouble rhythm section and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. Since 2000, Grissom has divided his time between recording sessions, touring with the Dixie Chicks, Bob Schneider and also playing numerous gigs of his own. He somehow still manages to find to produce his CD’s and two releases for Ryan Beaver.
David Grissom has toured and recorded with a slew of huge artists throughout the years. The likes of John Mellencamp, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Ringo Starr, and Buddy Guy. He has also worked with several great producers and studios. David has had the pleasure of recording with Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, and John Mayall. David has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and Vintage Guitar magazines several times. Lastly, Grissom has played PRS guitars for the better part of his professional career. Initially playing a modified PRS McCarty Trem for over a decade. In 2007, after a 25-year relationship working with Paul on the design and improvement of PRS guitars from a touring/session player’s perspective, his collaboration with Paul Reed Smith resulted in the DGT (David Grissom Trem).
- Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Number of Frets: 22
- Fret Wire: DGT Fret Wire (Jumbo)
- Scale Length: 25″
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: DGT
- Fretboard Wood: Rosewood with Faux Bone Binding
- Fretboard Inlay: Moons
- Bridge: PRS Patented Tremolo
- Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking with Faux Bone Buttons
- Hardware Type: Nickel
- Treble Pickup: DGT
- Bass Pickup: DGT
- Controls: Two Volume Controls with Push/Pull Tone Control and 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
- Strings: 11’s with Unwound G
Whether you know David Grissom from the Dixie Chicks, John Mellencamp or his solo band, he is undoubtedly a name you should be familiar with. He is one hell of a guitarist and he has an awesome signature guitar to match. The classic gold top looks, with moon inlays on the neck and PRS signature DGT pickups make this guitar an absolute beast. You can listen to many albums by many of the artists that David has worked with over the years to get an idea of what this beauty can do. So whether you are a fan or just wanna check out his guitar than go to American Musical Supply!
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