Why Players Know Guild: Robert Marr

Robert Marr vividly remembers the moment a Guild D-55 fell into his lap.

“It was 1976,” said the guitarist, who lives in Fenton, Mich. “I walked into Ron Zehel’s Guitar Land in Amherst, Ohio, and I was looking for an acoustic with a balanced sound. I played every guitar on the wall, and the D-55 gave me just what I needed.”

But buying the classic Guild model wasn’t exactly easy—Marr had to trade in a Gretsch Tennessean for it, ending a longstanding electric guitar phase.

Although the Gretsch was hard to let go of, the sacrifice paid off. Marr learned a lesson or two, and he became the proud owner of a beautiful Guild acoustic guitar.

“Don’ t get rid of your favorite guitar,” he said emphatically. “Ever. My Guild will be passed on to future generations. My kids are very heavily involved with music, and my D-55 is going with them at end of the road.”

Marr enjoys writing songs on his Guild, and has released six self-produced albums since 2005.

To learn more about Marr, visit www.robertmarr.com.

Phil Collen Performs Acoustic Manraze Tracks

Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Manraze recently put an acoustic touch on two songs from Manraze’s current album PunkFunkRootsRock.

Alongside the soulful vocal stylings of Debbi Blackwell-Cook, Collen played “All I Wanna Do” and “Closer To Me.”

Watch the duo in the video below:

Blackwell-Cook can also be heard on Manraze’s fiery dance/rock mashup “Take On The World” featured in the Mark Sloper directed film I, Superbiker II: The Showdown, a film about the rise of BSB racing champion Tommy Hill.

For more information, visit Manraze’s official website.

Shiflett Gears Up At Guild Artist Showroom

Chris Shiflett and Luke Tierney of The Dead Peasants stopped by the Guild Artist Showroom last week to grab some gear for their upcoming shows.

After Shiflett returns from South America with the Foo Fighters, The Dead Peasants will be playing all over California, so stay tuned for more info.

Check out Shiflett (R) with a Guild F30 acoustic guitar in the photo below:

For more information, visit the band’s official Facebook page.

The Maine Releases Live Footage For ‘Saving Grace (Take 2)’

Last week Arizona rockers The Maine released some excellent live footage of a performance of “Saving Grace” off their 2010 release, Black and White.

The show was filmed during a New York City stop of their latest tour in support of Pioneer.

Watch The Maine in action in the video below:

For more information, visit The Maine’s official website.