Guild


The Guild Guitar Company is a USA-based guitar manufacturer founded in 1952 by Alfred Dronge, a guitarist and music-store owner, and George Mann, an ex-executive with the Epiphone Guitar Company.

Guild guitars The first Guild workshop was located in Manhattan, New York, where Dronge (who soon took over full ownership) focused on archtop jazz guitars, both electric and acoustic. Rapid expansion forced the company to move to much larger quarters, on Newark St. in Hoboken, NJ in what is now the Newman Leather building. The advent of the folk music craze in the early '60s had shifted the company into production of an important line of acoustic folk and blues guitars, including a dreadnought series (D-40, D-50 and, later, D-55) that competed successfully with Martin's D-18 and D-28 models, and jumbo and Grand Concert "F" models that were particularly popular with blues guitarists like Mississippi John Hurt and Dave Van Ronk.

Notable also was the Guild 12-string guitar, which used a Jumbo "F" body and dual truss rods in the neck to produce a workhorse instrument with a deep, rich tone distinctive from the chimier twelve-strings put out by Martin. The company continued to expand, and was sold to the Avnet Corporation, which moved production to Westerly, Rhode Island in 1966. As the folk scene quieted, a new generation of folk-rockers took Guild guitars on stage; the most notable Guild performance of that era was the D-40 upon which Richie Havens opened the Woodstock Festival in 1969.During the 1960s, Guild also moved aggressively into the electric guitar market, successfully promoting the "Starfire" line of semi-solid guitars and basses; a number of early West-Coast psychedelic bands used these instruments, notably Jefferson Airplane's bassist, Jack Casady. Attempts at solid-body electrics fell flat in competition with Gibson and Fender; those instruments, eccentric in design, are now viewed as collector items.

The decline of the folk and acoustic market in the later 70's and 80's put severe economic pressure on the company, and instrument specialists generally concede that quality suffered, as it did with Guild's other American competitors in the acoustic guitar market. All Guild production was moved to a factory in Corona, California after Guild was purchased in 1995 by Fender. In 2004, FMIC acquired the assets of Washington-based Tacoma Guitar Company and all American Guild acoustic production has since been moved to Tacoma, Washington, while production of Guild electric guitars was discontinued. In 2005, Fender introduced the Chinese-built Guild GAD series acoustic guitars. Most recently, Guild has moved into a newly acquired facility in New Hartford CT in 2008, where hand-production of the top-end Guilds has significantly reclaimed the reputation of the company.

For a short time, reissues of 1960's and 1970's Guild instruments were manufactured in Korea under the DeArmond brand name. Models included the Starfire, Bluesbird and Pilot Bass Series. These instruments display the DeArmond inlay on the headstock while the truss rod cover shows the Guild name and logo.

Guild reentered the solid-body fashion in the 1980s with a series of superstrat-style solid bodies including models such as the Flyer, Aviator, Liberator and Detonator, the Tele-style T-200 and T-250 (endorsed by Roy Buchanan) and the Pilot Bass, available in fretted, fretless, 4 and 5-string versions. These guitars were the first Guild instruments to bear slim pointed headstocks, sometimes called "pointy droopy", "duck foot" and "cake knife" for their distinctive shape. Pilot basses were revived by DeArmond in the 1990's (including a 6-string through-neck version with fancy exotic woods) and discontinued along with the DeArmond brand in the early 21st century.


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Guitars

A-50
Aragon F-30
Aragon F-30 NT
Aragon F-30 R
Aristocrat M-75
Aristocrat M-75 Tenor
Artist Award
Artist F-312 12-String
Bluegrass D-25/D-25M
Bluegrass D-25-12
Bluegrass D-35
Bluegrass F-40
Bluegrass F-47
Bluegrass Jubilee D-40
Bluegrass Jubilee D-40C
Bluegrass Jubilee D-44
Bluegrass Jubilee D-44M Bluegrass Special D-50
Bluegrass Special D-50 Reissue
Blues 90
Bluesbird M-75 Hollowbody
Bluesbird M-75 Solidbody
Bluesbird M-75 Solidbody Reissue
Bluesbird Reissued
Brian May BHM-1
Brian May Pro
Brian May Signature Red Special
CA-100 Capri
Capri CE-100
Capri CE-100D
Capri CE-100T Tenor CO Series
Cordoba A-50
Cordoba T-50 Slim
Cordoba X-50
Custom F-412 12-String
Custom F-512 12-String
Custom F-612 12-String
Custom Shop 45th Anniversary
CV-1C
D-4 Series
D-6
D-15 Mahogany Rush
D-15 12-String
D-16 Mahogany Rush
D-17 Mahogany Rush
D-25
D-30
D-40
D-40 Bluegrass Jubilee
D-40 Richie Havens
D-40C NT
D-46
D-55
D-60
D-64
D-66
D-70
D-100
D-212 12-String
D-412 12-String
DC-130
DCE True American
Del Rio M-30
Detonator
Duane Eddy Deluxe DE-500
Duane Eddy Standard DE-400
DV Series
Economy M-20
F-4 CEHG
F-5 CE
F-30
F-30 R-LS
F-45 CE
F-46 NT
F-47M/MC
F-47 RCE Grand Auditorium
F-50
F-65 CE
F-212 12-String
F-212 XL 12-String
F-412
F-512
Freshman M-65
Freshman M-65 3/4
FS-20 CE
FS-46 CE
G-5 P
G-37
G-41
G-75
G-212 12-String
G-212 XL 12-String
G-312 12-String
GAD Series (Guild Acoustic Design)
Georges Barnes AcoustiLectric
GF-25
GF-30
GF-40
GF-50
GF-60
Granda A-50
Granda X-50
GV-52
GV-70
GV-72
Jet Star S-50
JF-30
JF-30E
JF-30-12
JF-50R
JF-55
JF-55-12
JF-65
JF-65-12
Johnny Smith Award
Johnny Smith Award Benedetto
Liberator Elite
M-80 CS
Manhattan X-170
Manhattan X-175 Sunburst
Manhattan X-175B Natural
Mark I
Mark II
Mark III
Mark IV
Mark V
Mark VI
Mark VII Custom
Navarre F-48
Navarre F-50
Navarre F-50R
Nightbird
Nightbird I
Nightbiard II
Nightbird X-2000
Polara S-100
Roy Buchanan T-200
S-50
S-60/S-60 D
S-65 D
S-70D/AD
S-90
S-100
S-100 Reissue
S-250
S-261
S-270 Runaway
S-271 Sprint
S-275
S-280 Flyer
S-281 Flyer
S-284 Starling/Aviator
S-285 Aviator
S-300 Series
S-400
Savoy A-150
Savoy X-150
Slim Jim T-100
Songbird S Series
Standard F-112 12-String
Starfire I
Starfire II
Starfire III
Starfire IV
Starfire IV Special Custom Shop
Starfire V
Starfire VI
Starfire XII
Stratford A-350
Stratford A-350B
Stratford X-350
Stratford X-375/X-350B
Stuart A-500
Stuart A-550/A-500B
Stuart X-500
Stuart X-550/X-500B
Studio 301
Studio 302
Studio 303
Studio 402
T-250
Thunderbird S-200
Troubador F-20
TV Model D-55/D-65
Willy Porter Signature
X-79 Skyhawk
X-80 Skylark/Swan
X-82 Nova/Starfighter
X-88 Flying Star Motley Crue
X-88 D Star
X-92 Citron
X-100/X-110
X-150 D Savoy
X-160 Savoy
X-161
X-200/X-220
X300/X-330
X-400/X-440
X-600/X-660
X-700

Bass Guitars

Ashbory Bass
B-4 E Bass
B-30 E Bass B-50 Acoustic Bass
B-301/B-302 Bass
B-500 Acoustic Bass
Jet Star Bass
JS I/JS II Bass
M-85 I/M-85 II Bass (Semi-Hollow)
M-85 I/M-85 II Bluesbird Bass (Solidbody)
MB-801 Bass
SB-201/SB-202/SB-203 Bass
Sb-502 E Bass
SB-601/SB-602/SB-602V Pilot Bass
SB-608 Flyign Star Motley Crue Bass
Starfire Bass
Starfire II Bass
Starfire II Bass Reissue
X-701/X-702 Bass

Amplifiers

Double Twin Amp
Master Amp
Maverick Amp
Model One Amp
Model Two Amp
Model Three Amp
Model Four Amp
Model Five Amp
Model Six Amp
Model Seven Amp
Model 50-J Amp
Model 66 Amp
Model 66-J Amp
Model 98-RT Amp
Model 99 Amp
Model 99-J Amp
Model 99-U Ultra Amp
Model 100-J Amp
Model 20-S Stereo Combo Amp
Model RC-30 Reverb Converter Amp
Superbird Amp
SuperStar Amp
Thunder 1 Amp
ThunderBass Amp
ThunderStar Bass Amp
ThunderStar Guitar Amp

Effects

Copicat
DE-20 Auto-Rhythm Unit
Echorec
Foxey Lady Fuzz
Fuzz Wah FW-3
HH Echo Unit
VW-1