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

Dealer Spotlight: Rocktown Music, St. Cloud, Minn.

No other music store will rock your world like Rocktown Music in St. Cloud, Minn.

Founded in 2009, the 2,400-square-foot guitar haven carries more than 400 acoustic and electric guitars, making it the perfect destination for rockers and acoustic players alike.

Owner Joel Knutson says he’s proud of what his shop offers.

“We have a great, serious guitar selection,” he said. “Although we carry drums, pianos and band instruments, we decided to specialize in guitars.”

A full-fledged guitar player and collector, Knutson has a strong penchant for the instrument that’s especially noticeable when he’s talking about Guild.

“I love Guild guitars; they’re the best thing for the buck,” he said. “They’re lifelong instruments, and some of the oldest models around out-perform new guitars from other brands.”

Knutson boasts a personal Guild collection of more than 15 distinctive models, including a 1969 F-212, a 1972 D-25 and a rare four-string CE-100. His collection is so fine, in fact, that Mark Dronge, son of Guild founder Al Dronge, personally inquired about a few of the models.

“I’ve got so many Guilds that Mark called me to ask about a specific model in my collection,” Knutson said. “I have so many that it’s hard for me to even remember what I have.”

Knutson’s preference for Guild is apparent on entering Rocktown. He has devoted an entire wall to the brand and made it his store’s main acoustic guitar line.

So if you’re a Guild fanatic looking for Guild guitars sold by a true Guild connoisseur, your best bet in the upper Midwest is Rocktown Music.

Rocktown Music
305 3rd St. N.E.
Waite Park, Minn. 56387

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.

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