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.
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.