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Artist GM1VSB Grungemaster Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

Our Artist GRUNGEMASTER was purpose-designed here at Artist Guitars for playability and chunky tones. Whether you're a serious player looking for a new axe to gig with or just starting out and want to explore rock, blues, Grunge or Metal, the GRUNGEMASTER will undoubtedly take you there...

It comes with a Poplar body, Canadian Maple Neck with Eco-Rosewood fretboard and block-shaped Inlays, two P90 Single Coil Ceramic Bar Pickups with a 3-way selector, Chrome Tune-O-Matic bridge with a Stop-Tail-Bar for greater stability, and Die-cast Chrome Machine Head tuners.

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: GM1TSB

Neck: 2512"" / 648 mm scale Maple Bolt-On Neck, Truss Rod

Fretboard: 21 Frets, Eco-Rosewood Fretboard with 'Block' shaped plastic Inlays

Body: Poplar with a Tortoiseshell scratchplate

Machine Heads: Die-cast Chrome

Bridge: Chrome coloured tune-o-Matic style, with 'Stop-Bar' anchor.

Pickups: Cream coloured soap bar covered 'P90' type pickups, ceramic bar magnet.

Neck - M-90N 7.8K 5.2H

Bridge - M-90B 9.2K 6.2H

Controls: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone and a 3-way switch

Strings: 10-46 Gauge Electric Guitar Strings

Neck Profile:

  • Scale: 2512"" / 648mm
  • Nut: 42 mm / 158” ABS Plastic Nut
  • 1st fret Thickness: 21mm / 1316
  • Shape: Modern D
  • Fretboard Radius: 12"" / 305 mm

Colour: Vintage Sunburst

Dimensions: 103cm x 33cm x 6cm (40916” x 13” x 238”)

Weight: 3kg - 3.5kg / 6 lb and 9.8 oz - 7 lb and 11.4 oz approximate

Optional Hard Cases: REC300RC, REC350FTB, REC350BK

Optional Gig Bags: HGBAGST, BAGST


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Reviews (10)

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By: on 6 July 2022
Everything about this guitar makes me want to play it....even more than guitars 10 times the price !!

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this feedback. We really appreciate the support!

The name Grungemaster does not do this Guitar Just

By: on 27 June 2022
I have been trying my new GM two tone burst. I bought it in the hope that I could use it as a cheap gigging guitar. Light, easy to play and sounds good. So that I don't have to take my expensive American Fender to gigs. Can I say that it has delivered on that in spades. I now have the dilemma that I have this Fender sitting here which is worth on the used market, ten times the price that I paid for the "Grungemaster" (sorry but I cringe when I have to say Grungemaster). In terms of playability, build quality and sound, there is not a huge difference in it in comparison to the Fender for the type of music that I play, which is mainly clean to mildly overdriven. The GM is a great piece of kit as a gigging guitar and I would recommend it to anyone, but I do have a couple of things that I would change if I had the means. 1. For crying out loud, find a better name for it. 2. A higher quality set of Tuners would put the icing on the cake. This is my second Artist guitar (I have the burst 10th anniversary 335 which is even more spectacular) and I couldn't be happier.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for the review. We truly appreciate it.

I love it.

By: on 14 February 2022
This is my first Artist guitar.I bought it after watching Brett Kingman[a good mate of local guitar legend,Pete Gordan] review.I absolutely love the Grungemaster.It sounds awesome through the Tweedtone 20 R amp,which i bought after watching another great review by Brett Kingman.Keep up the good work guys.

Artist Guitars Response
It is our pleasure and thank you so much for leaving us this feedback. We really appreciate the support!

Grungemaster is a bargain.

By: on 22 January 2022
Got this Grungemaster as a customer return for $207 delivered to WA. It was unmarked, in new condition and in original packaging on arrival. Very high quality finish. Extremely nice neck with a near perfect fret job. I just did not expect this at this price point. Upon arrival I restrung and setup the Grungemaster. I was blown away at how great this guitar sounds and how easy it is to play. Most new guitars under $1500 usually need fret level and crown after purchase so as to get a nice lowish action, without any string buzz but not this one. Some of the frets were a little scratchy but not bad enough to warrant a polish. They have smoothed out after a small amount of play time. The P90 pickups are amazing in this guitar. The electrics have the small pots, a good quality tone cap (Polyester Greencap) and high quality rectangular three way switch like the ones the Japanese guitars have been using for years. This is the first Artist Guitar I have purchased. I bought this guitar for the P90 experience. I can see myself playing this guitar more than some of my other guitars that cost 9 or 10 times the price. This guitar weighs in at 3.75kg so certainly not a heavy weight. Even at the full price this thing is a steal. If you are considering the purchase of a Grungemaster then just do it. Its intrinsic value is definitely more than the asking price in my opinion. Just be sure to restring it as the factory strings are junk, but hey, you expect that at the price point anyway. Well done Artist Guitars and thank you for a great product along with the great customer service.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for the really detailed review of the guitar. We certainly appreciate it. We are really happy to hear that you are loving the grungemaster.


By: on 21 January 2022
This is the 4th artist guitar I have purchased and the 2nd grungemaster. These guitars are pure quality and ideal for anyone at any level of skill. I reach for an artist before any of the big brand guitars. Keep up the excellent work

Artist Guitars Response
We are glad to hear that you are happy with our product. Thank you for sharing this feedback with us.

Surprisingly awesome guitar!

By: on 4 January 2022
Been looking at this for a few months and in the meantime have been trying out many other instruments around the $1200 mark and just not feeling it! Finally got the Grunge Master as a holiday project with the view to use it as a modding platform. I was expecting to replace pickups, all the electronics, the tuners and the bridge. Also expected to have to do a proper shielding job on the cavities and have to seriously level the frets and re-crown. The only thing I have had to do was file down 1 fret and cut the nut slots properly. (Lowering bridge doesn't count as modding!) I've been playing it constantly since Christmas day and love it. The pickups are not cheap sounding and have a lovely range of tones from jazzy to dirty. They even provide hum cancelling in the middle position which wasn't mentioned in any review or description. Even my Casino didn't do this and the hum drove me nuts. Half an hours work (fun work) has left me with the most playable guitar I own. Finally, the video reviews on your website are accurate and provide a realistic reflection of how the guitar actually sounds. Thanks!

Artist Guitars Response
Hi! Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate it. If you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact us. Cheers!


By: on 22 December 2021
Just wanted to say thank you to Artist Guitars for my 6th guitar, i have this guitar in white as well , ITS THAT GOOD!!! The P90s are nothing short of magic, our band uses multiple tunings so multiple guitars is a MUST!! Thankfully the playability instantly out of the box is unbelievable and recommend this to any level player. and yes it is going on our new album!!! Thank you ARTIST GUITARS for not making me destitute and out on the streets!!! I have food and and an AWESOME amount of AWESOME guitars!!! Game over!!!

Artist Guitars Response
We really appreciate it for taking the time to leave a review and glad to know that you are satisfied with our products and services.

Amazing customer service.

By: on 19 August 2021
My Grungemaster arrived super quick, but the box was all beaten up and there was a small ding on the headstock. The Sales Rep gave me a 10% discount and sent the photos to the courier. This all happened at around 9pm too. The Grungemaster is so much fun to play and sounds so alive. And since it's so cheap, I don't mind my 4 year old having a strum and a hit. So glad I took a punt on it.

Artist Guitars Response
We're sorry to hear about the slight damage on the headstock during transit but we're happy to know that the team was able to sort this out for you asap. Cheers

GM1TSB Grungemaster

By: on 4 February 2021
This baby really lives up to its name. Great playability straight out of the box with superb build quality and just oozes class. The P90 style pickups on this beauty make it sound like a strat on steroids. Fantastic tone and sustain, excellent note definition/ clarity, comfortable weight and feel. The neck is great and whether its plugged into my Plexi, DSL100, JCM800. Vox Mini Superbeetle or Peavey Classic 30 this guitar sounds amazing. I highly recommend Artist /guitars to anyone I know. I own 12 of their guitars.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much Graham! I am flabbergasted by the support you have given us. Cheers!

TSB Grungemaster

By: on 8 January 2021
Absolutely one of the best put-together instruments I've played, for a very affordable price. Wide range of tones from the twin p90s, and it would be very easy for a beginner to pick up and play, with no setup needed out of the box besides tuning. It also arrived ahead of the estimated date I was given. This is my 4th guitar from Artist and I always recommend them if someone mentions an interest in picking up the instrument.