Premier Guitar’s Acoustic Guitar Issue Includes Guild M-120 Review

Premier Guitar‘s July issue focuses on acoustic guitars, and it wouldn’t be complete without reviewing a Guild guitar.

Gear editor Charles Saufley tested a Guild M-120, calling it “breathtakingly beautiful.”

“For a lot of players, few guitars are lovelier than an all-mahogany orchestra or auditorium model,” he noted. “And the M-120 is a shining example of how a mahogany flattop can look breathtakingly beautiful.”

Watch the magazine’s video demo below, and read the full review at PremierGuitar.com.

Learn ‘Happy’ in New Lesson From the Maine

The Maine have been on the road in support of their latest album Forever Halloween, but guitarists Jared Monaco and Kennedy Brock still found time to lay down a lesson teaching fans how to play one of their new songs, a head-nodding rocker titled “Happy.”

Not only did the guys explain the chord progressions in a handy YouTube lesson, they also  synched the track’s tablature to a real-time playback.

Grab your guitar and take a stab at the Maine’s “Happy” by utilizing the tools below.

Visit the Maine’s official website for more information.

Scars on 45 Perform ‘Heart on Fire’ from MTV Rooftop

English indie rockers Scars on 45 recently participated in the O Music Awards’ 24-hour marathon of live performances at a steep altitude.

The band was perched on the roof of MTV’s headquarters in Times Square while they played their song “Heart on Fire,” which comes off their 2011 EP of the same name.

Watch the video below and visit Scars on 45′s official website for more information.

Mudhoney Comes Back to TV on Fallon

In celebration of Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary, Mudhoney recently performed a set at the Space Needle in Seattle, playing some of their grunge classics.

A day before their hometown show, Mudhoney also appeared on television for the first time in 18 years on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

For their Fallon gig, Mudhoney pulled out the track “I Like It Small” from their new album Vanishing Point, recalling their early 1990s sound.

Watch both performances below and visit Mudhoney’s official website for more information.

Guitarist Hunts for his Former Guild

Robert Shulman with his Guild

By Jimmy Smith 

Many musicians today find it quite satisfying to go to their local music shop to trade in their old instruments for newer ones. Usually because they believe it is an upgrade, most musicians feel no remorse letting go of their old equipment. However, there are those times where shortly after making a trade, a musician realizes that the grass is not always greener and soon regrets the move. This story is one of those times.

Meet guitar player Robert Shulman. Shulman, a 63-year old professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has been on a longtime hunt to reclaim his very first guitar. Shulman has become so desperate that he has recently purchased an ad in the June issue of Vintage Guitar.

“Sorry I sold it!” headlines a photo ad featuring a teenaged Shulman with his circa 1965 Guild T100D guitar.

Shulman’s history with the Guild dates back to 1965 when he was a 15 year old learning to play guitar. Tired of borrowing his sister’s guitar, Shulman cleaned backyards and did pretty much anything he could in order to save up for his own instrument.

“Eventually I saved enough that my parents had my guitar teacher bring over two guitars for me to try out,” said Shulman.  “One was a sunburst Guild T100D. The other was a red Gibson ES345. My teacher played them both and declared that the Guild sounded better.”

Shulman didn’t have quite enough saved for the guitar, but thankfully his parents came to the rescue.

“My teacher left, and I went to my room to do homework,” recalled Shulman. “My parents called me down a few minutes later and on the kitchen table lying in the open case was the Guild. They had paid the difference. That was one of the most exquisitely happy moments in my life.”

During his college days a few years later, Shulman traded in his Guild for a Gibson. It didn’t take long for Shulman to regret his hasty decision.

“By the time I realized I had made a big mistake, the Guild had disappeared,” he shared.

In recent years, Shulman has taken advantage of Vintage Guitar’s free ads in hopes of being reunited with his guitar. Finally, he opted to up the ante.

“I decided I’d go for broke and place the big ad when I found the picture of me with the guitar in my room,” explained Shulman. “I still have the hangtag. Now and then, I get a call from someone commiserating or trying to sell me one like it.”

Shulman, who still plays in a cover band that performs at parties and weddings, hopes he’ll receive a legitimate lead some day soon.

In the meantime, as he noted, “The love of playing never dies.”

Shulman sold the Guild, serial number 40761, to Rhythm City in Atlanta circa 1969.  In the event you have any information about this guitar, please contact Shulman at  RSHULMAN@BCM.EDU.

Ryan Bingham Performs Live on Conan

Ryan Bingham’s latest album Tomorrowland has been getting a lot of buzz, and the singer/songwriter has tour dates coming up this summer with Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Bob Dylan.

But before he embarks on that journey, he stopped by the set of Conan to play one of his newest tracks, a rocker called “Beg for Broken Legs.”

The Lumineers Light Up Bonnaroo

The Lumineers were definitely one of the highlights of this year’s Bonnaroo music festival, which took place mid-June in Manchester, Tenn.

The Denver-based band played in front of a massive crowd, with frontman Wesley Schultz even jumping into the crowd to perform a few songs.

Check out a highlight reel from their set via Billboard below and visit the Lumineers’ official website for more information.

Scott Matthews Performs Two Songs in the Guild Lounge

When singer/songwriter Scott Matthews recently visited the Guild Lounge, he played a brand new song called “Virginia” and the title track off his 2009 album Elsewhere. In both clips, Matthews is playing a new Guild Orpheum Jumbo.

Watch both performances below and visit Matthews’ website for more information.