All-New Guild Acoustic Design Series Introduced

Guild is proud to announce the debut of its all-new GAD series (Guild Acoustic Design) guitars, which introduces new model types and continues a tradition of acoustic excellence by offering the latest in modern, performance-driven features and exceptional value.

GAD series guitars feature all-solid tonewoods, dovetail neck joint construction and slim satin-finish necks for smooth feel and effortless playability. The series consists of 19 guitars in six- and 12-string dreadnought, six- and 12-string jumbo (including a new cutaway jumbo), orchestra (including a new cutaway model), concert and classical models. Several of these include versions with Fishman® electronics.

The D-125 dreadnought and its 12-string counterpart, the D-125-12, feature all-mahogany construction with a slim satin-finish mahogany neck; rosewood fingerboard, bridge and head cap; and mother-of-pearl rosette and inlays. Both produce a lush, balanced sound with clear, tight bass and warm, airy highs.

The D-140 dreadnought and its cutaway electric counterpart, the D-140CE, feature a spruce top with a mahogany back and sides; the D-150 dreadnought, also available in left-handed (D-150L) and cutaway electric (D-150CE) versions, features a spruce top with an Indian rosewood back and sides. All feature ivoroid binding, mother-of-pearl rosette and inlays, rosewood fingerboard and bridge; electronics-equipped models (D-140CE and D-150CE) feature the Fishman® Sonitone™ pickup system.

The F-150R jumbo is inspired by the classic jumbo guitars Guild is long famous for; a full-bodied acoustic masterpiece with a solid spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides that deliver rich, powerful sound and exceptional volume. Other features include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, ivoroid body and neck binding, and mother-of-pearl block inlays. Its F-150RCE version features a Venetian cutaway and Fishman® pickup system. Its 12-string counterpart is the F-1512 (and electronics-equipped F-1512E) jumbo, also with a solid spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides

The F-130 orchestra model resonates with a strong, balanced and articulate voice, with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, ivoroid binding and mother-of-pearl rosette and inlays. It’s also available in a cutaway version with the Fishman® Sonitone™ pickup system (F-130CE). A model with rosewood back and sides is available in standard (F-130R) and cutaway electric (F-130RCE) versions.

Don’t be fooled by the M-120 concert model’s diminutive size; it boasts distinctive presence and excellent projection. Features include all-mahogany construction, 24 ¾” scale length, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and mother-of-pearl rosette and inlays. Also available in an electronics-equipped model (M-120E) with the Fishman® Sonitone™ pickup system.

Two classical guitars round out the lineup. The GC-2 is a traditional model with a solid cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides that produce warm and articulate tone with great balance and dynamic range. Other features include a satin-finish mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, rosewood binding and bridge, and wood mosaic rosette. The GN-5 is designed specifically for live performance and has identical features, along with a Venetian cutaway and Fishman® Sonitone™ pickup system.

Dealer Spotlight: 8th Street Music, Pennsauken, N.J.

Family owned since 1940, 8th Street Music in Pennsauken, N.J., is a longstanding music store with a colorful history and a vibrant selection of the finest instruments.

When founder Albert Hershman first opened shop, he had a small pawnshop, located on 8th and Market streets in downtown Philadelphia, that sold jewelry and a few musical items.

Philadelphia was also home to hugely successful television show American Bandstand, bringing some of the most popular music acts to town. The city itself also spawned some of early rock’s best-known vocalists, including Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, James Darren and Bobby Rydell. This thriving ’50s and ’60s music scene would determine the fate of 8th Street Music, which began selling musical instruments exclusively in the 1960s and is now a music megastore.

8th Street Music called Philadelphia home for 27 years, but after outgrowing its location there it was moved to South New Jersey, with a warehouse and showroom to complement its website.

Aside from being the first music store to do online sales in the mid-1990s, 8th Street Music was also one of the very first Guild dealers in the 1950s.

Current owners Randy Segal and Mark Hershman continue to stock Guilds.

“They’re unique and iconic guitars that have been around for a long time,” they said.

8th Street Music has everything from limited edition models to best-selling Guild guitars such as the GAD series.

“They have a particular voicing that people really enjoy when they play them,” Segal noted.

And he should know; he’s a seasoned guitarist who has been in the business for more than 30 years.

The store serves all types of customers, from beginners to professionals.

“I’ve had some customers who are really fine players and have never played Guild, and when they pick one up, they say, ‘Wow! What’s this?’” Segal shared.

8th Street Music has also enjoyed special visits from famous musicians such as Jason Bonham and James Taylor. A U.K. MTV crew also filmed there for reality television show MTV Road to the World Stage.

8th Street Music
7815 Airport Highway
Pennsauken, N.J. 08109

Acoustic Guitar Reviews Guild F-30CE

Acoustic Guitar magazine features a review of the Guild F-30CE Standard guitar in its September issue.

“It is evident that great care was taken in the making of our F-30CE, a product of Guild’s New Hartford, Conn., production facility, which has been in operation since 2008,” notes reviewer Adam Perlmutter. “The gloss finish on the body is perfectly applied and buffed, and the neck’s satin finish is similarly well executed. The frets are impeccably crowned and polished, and the bone nut and saddle cleanly cut, precluding the adjustments commonly needed to make a brand new guitar more playable. A peek inside the guitar reveals no hint of laziness, either; the bracing and kerfing are smoothly sanded and undetectably glued.”

The review also includes a breakdown of its sound, playability and D-TAR® Wave-Length™ electronics. AG‘s review concludes with:

“It has a superb, balanced tone when fingerpicked and works nicely for strumming as well. A great-sounding electronics package makes this fine guitar even more of a winner.”

The magazine also offers an online video review here.

Why Players Know Guild: Kurt Grotyohann

Kurt Grotyohann of Freehold, N.J., has a mind-blowing collection of Guild instruments that easily seems to exceed the Guild inventory of most large music shops. In fact, his gargantuan collection of all things Guild is so large that he just might hold a world record for owning the most Guild products ever.

Get a load of this: Grotyohann owns 102 Guild instruments. That’s 72 guitars (including 13 acoustics, six of which are 12-string models) and 30 Guild basses. Not to mention 18 Guild amps (!) and all sorts of Guild accessories and collectibles.

Grotyohann’s collection dates back to 1967 when his father bought him his first Guild—his beloved 1966 T-100D in sunburst.

“The more I learned about Guilds, I said, ‘Gee, it’d be nice to have one of everything,’” Grotyohann said, describing how he developed such a massive collection. “I like them because they’re American-made. Guild always seemed to be the underdog, and I followed the underdog. Besides, I love the neck on a Guild; there’s nothing like a thin, fast Guild neck.”

Out of his 102 instruments, the T-100D is his all-time favorite.

“It’s my favorite guitar because it was my first guitar,” Grotyohann said. “I think a lot of people out there wish they still had their first guitar.”

After that, he narrows his favorites down to the top five.

The rest were purchased from music stores, through classified ads and on eBay.

“The ones I like the best are the rarest ones,” he said. “The S-200, S-260 Sprint, Nightingale, Studio 24, and the M-85 hollow-body bass.”

Grotyohann, a professional musician with over 20 years of experience, is very involved in Guild forums and is well known among Guild aficionados for his massive collection.