Premier Guitar Spotlights Vintage M-75 Aristocrat

Guild M-75

Premier Guitar spotlighted the 1958 Guild M-75 Aristocrat in its December’s Vintage Vault feature.

The article traces the origins of this vintage guitar, which was reissued by Guild in 2013 in an Antique Burst finish.

As PG notes, the 1954 Guild catalog described the M-75 as follows: “The use of an exclusively developed lighter semi-solid body construction gives the Guild Aristocrat a magnificence of tone never before achieved in a guitar this size.”

PG goes on to detail the specific features of the 1958 model, and shares the current value for the vintage guitar.

Read the article here.

In related news, Guild has recently released a special run of the M-75 Aristocrat in Cherry Sunburst. 

Laura Marling Performs Exclusively for Guild

Prior to a recent headlining show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling gave an exclusive acoustic performance for Guild in the venue’s VIP room.

Watch below as the lovely Marling performs “Love Be Brave” off her fourth album Once I Was an Eagle. The 2013 album has been shortlisted for the coveted and highly influential Mercury Prize.

The Head and Heart Perform on Fallon

Seattle’s indie folk-rock outfit the Head and the Heart recently took to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform new single “Shake” and “Another Story.” The tracks appear on their upcoming sophomore album Let’s Be Still, due out Oct. 15.

Rolling Stone is now streaming the album in its entirety here.

Premier Guitar Reviews Guild Starfire Bass

Guild Starfire Bass
Premier Guitar recently posted an in-depth review of the new Guild Starfire Bass reissue, as well as an audio demo.

“The original Starfires were intended to offer up an easy playing neck, and the vintage spec’d, skinny neck of this bass is no different,” noted reviewer Rich Osweiler. “The fret dress was super clean and the neck felt fast and comfortable as I spent some quality time working the Starfire unplugged. And while doing so, I found this semi-hollow can resonate like there’s no tomorrow.”

Osweiler’s final verdict?

“The new incarnation of the Starfire bass is a nicely constructed instrument and it’s hard to find much fault with it,” he wrote. “It won’t appeal to slap stylists, those looking for super-modern tones, or more aggressive players who might find the dual finger rests a nuisance. (They can be removed.) The Starfire, however, could become a go-to for many players because its rich, warm, mellow tones are more than fitting for R&B, jazz, and of course, rock ’n’ roll. This bass has a little bit of history there.”

Head here to read the full review and check out their audio file below.

Scott Matthews Featured in MusicRadar

Scott Matthews

U.K. singer/songwriter Scott Matthews was recently featured in MusicRadar. The Ivor Novello award winner for songwriter discusses his inspirations, gives tips on songwriting and arranging instruments and dishes on his favorite gear.

“I’ve always been drawn to Guild, partly because most of my influences played them,” Matthews tells MR. “I remember buying my first Guild – a 1977 D-25. It’s without doubt the one guitar I can take into battle and still come out with unscathed. It’s built like a tank and sounds as sweet as a blackbird at the crack of dawn. The new Guilds are even better. I’ve been fortunate to try the new prototype Orpheum series. They’re unreal; light yet rock solid, and the attention to detail is insane. They sound like nothing else, and the ’30s-era design ethos also ticks a big box for me.”

Read the entire interview here.

Watch Keith Urban’s Acoustic Performance on WSJ Café

Keith Urban

Country star Keith Urban’s new album Fuse edged out Weeknd’s Kiss Land to debut at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Prior to his album release, Urban dropped by WSJ Café for an acoustic performance of “Little Bit of Everything.” Watch Urban in action with his Guild Orpheum below, and click here to order his latest effort.