These kits were near-complete production guitars that only needed finishing and final assembly before being sent to retailers. The sound was also excellent, with a fuller, less honky midrange than expected in a mahogany-topped model. These guitars blurred the lines between Martin and Gibson designs and instantly became a great option in the suddenly-crowded acoustic market. We buy and sell the best new and used guitars, basses, amplifiers and other instrument and gear. So in 1952 the company was founded with Mann as president and Dronge as vice-president and former Epiphone employees were hired. As I have already indicated the Fender Musical Instrument Company was busy acquiring brands made by other companies.
Each pickup had its own volume and tone controls. The other addition was the Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece. The Guild Guitar line was founded as a quality alternative to the Gibson-Epiphone merger. By 1970 the designation changed to the M-75 and hardward was downgraded from gold-plated to chrome plated. This is an impressive part of the operation, where Guild employees will make the equipment they need, rather than being limited by existing technology. I believe everything is right about this guitar except that. Right now we are focused on making guitars that are accessible to a lot of people.
When the company was sold, many wondered what would happen to the brand; would the buyer turn it into a money grab and just sell low-quality copies, like Harmony and Silvertone? It is safe to say that most Madeira guitars used laminate tops unless the suffix of the model designation ends with the letter S. I was an Ovation owner back in 1981-82, and I remember so clearly strumming a weather-beaten Guild dreadnought probably D-25 and thinking, This is what an acoustic guitar should sound like. They are beautiful guitars in looks, tone and playability. There is no indication whether it was made in Japan or Korea. These guitars hit the scene as early as 1960 and consisted of five guitars and two bass guitars.
Anyone looking to date what they believe is a guitar of that age should seek expert advice as your guitar may well be quite valuable. Because there is alot of crap coming out of China as well you have to know what your looking at. When the mode switch was on it activated capacitors that produced a single coil type of tone, while maintaining the humbucking capability of the pickups giving the guitar a sparkling clean sound. Often times they are an incredible bang for the buck. The guitars produced by Guild have always been inspired by the needs of the guitar player.
Guild made many unrecorded variations of their Guitars. You end up with a good guitar at a very reasonable price. This Madeira by Guild acoustic guitar article presents a compilation of historical information and date estimates along with quality and value speculations. You can narrow down the age of an acoustic steel string by looking at the headstock. Kasuga was one of the oldest stringed instrument manufactures in Japan open approx. It was during this era that Guild created some of their classic electric models such as the X-175 and The M-75 Aristocrat may have looked like a Les Paul, but it was far from that guitar. About The Brand To play a Guild Guitar is to experience the finest in acoustic tone and performance, the finest in instrument craftsmanship, and more than 60 years of history, heritage and tradition.
Despite many challenging ups and downs through the late 70s and 80s, the factory in Westerly held to its ideal of craftsmanship. Though they are a bit cheaper. The DeArmond brand was discontinued in the early 2000s. Sure would like to know anything else anyone knows or could find out about it. When Bruno Mars, Billy Duffy of the Cult, and Fran Healy of Travis take the stage, they do so while strapped into a Guild guitar.
Then they were moved to Westerly Rhode Island, where they were for many years. Or, maybe you get one that is terrible. Left-handed guitars and righties are welcome, just give us a call and we can work with you to figure everything out. This was right at the end of the guitar boom, but corporations were still hoping to profit from the popularity of the guitar. I have seen some that had thicker finish that limited the volume a little, but that happens on American guitars, too. It is worth noting that import-lines might also include some fairly expensive guitars. I'm becoming a cranky, stubborn, old fart in my young age.
The brand name currently exists as a brand under Córdoba Music Group. Shine a flashlight in the soundhole and examine the sides. A , shows that all steel string acoustics featured the curved top. You aren't Buying an Epiphone. The professional series, designated by the letter P, were the top of the line.