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.

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.