The Guild Custom Shop represents the very finest in pure Guild craftsmanship and well over half a century of heritage as a premier U.S. guitar maker. From the picturesque and pastoral environs of Guild's traditional New England home to the peerless skills of its luthiers, and from the elegance and sonic range of its instruments to its reverent dedication to old-world guitar craft, the Guild Custom Shop presents the best of Guild's best for the world's most discerning guitarists.
The tone, look and playability of Guild Custom Shop guitars are as beautiful as their birthplace and as rich as the region's history. The U.S. Northeast has long been one of the world's greatest acoustic guitar-making centers, with a wealth of fine native tone woods and traditions of handmade guitar craft. Guild was founded there in 1953, in New York; later moving to New Jersey and then Rhode Island.
The Guild Custom Shop resides in a wonderful centuries-old brickwork mill in New Hartford, Conn., on the banks of the Farmington River amid beautiful Northeastern woods. There, Guild's most talented luthiers take great pride in crafting the finest Guild guitars ever offered. Through their devoted passion to building the highest-quality guitars possible, Guild Custom Shop instruments themselves seem imbued with the area's beauty and history, and with 60 years of Guild tradition and acclaim.
Playing a Guild Custom Shop instrument is an exquisite experience. From the most delicate musical passages to the most forceful ones, they respond and speak with a voice unequaled in purity, a feel unequaled in comfort, a look unequaled in elegance and a heritage unequaled in richness.
The Guild Custom Shop's first creation is the 60th Anniversary model—a limited-edition run of 60 finely appointed acoustic guitars designed in celebration of Guild's 2013 diamond anniversary. Based on the venerable Guild F-30 orchestra model, it has a beautiful 5A koa top, back and sides; red spruce bracing; an elegant mother-of-pearl rosette; abalone top purfling; rosewood body and neck binding; and a genuine diamond headstock inlay. Its rich and articulate tone is as stunning as its appearance.
Handcrafted in the United States to exacting vintage detail by Guild's most skilled guitar makers, the new American Patriarch series pays homage not only to the Guild legacy, but also to the birth of the modern electric guitar and the timeless music that ensued.
Guild American Patriarch models are hand-built to order at the Guild Custom Shop in New Hartford, Conn. Premium features include select woods and inlay materials; precise late-1950s body shapes, arch radii and neck profiles; meticulous recreations of original pickups and parts; and more.
Guild's beautifully crafted and rich-sounding Orpheum series guitars come from the talented hands within the Guild Custom Shop in scenic New Hartford, Conn. In traditional dreadnought, jumbo and orchestra models, each instrument stylishly evokes the golden 1930s-era of U.S. acoustic guitar design and construction.