Eric Larson of San Jose, Calif., has been playing his Guild D-50 for decades. But it was a chance sighting at a neighborhood yard sale that put a classic all-mahogany M-20 in his hands, and he quickly realized he´d found a welcome addition to his Guild collection. Eric relates:

“A few years back, while setting up my daughters´ snowcone stand for a neighborhood yard sale, I happened to look over the hedge and spied the headstock of a guitar. Turned out to be a Guild M-20. It had seen better days – the top was warped, the back had a couple of long cracks, and there were scars from a long-removed pickup installation at the sound hole. I immediately asked my neighbor ‘How much?’ She replied, ‘Three dollars – and the money from my yard sale is going to breast cancer research.’ I fished in my pocket and handed her $10 – a steal even at $10! I took it home, cleaned it up, put a new set of strings on it, and even in its weathered state, it plays great! It now proudly sits next to my D-50 that I´ve owned since the mid-´70s.”

Eric reports that the M-20 is a joy to play, considering its less-than-perfect condition. “It has a nice, bright sound, and great playability.” And his enthusiasm for the guitar was contagious. His oldest daughter taught herself to play on it, and he has since passed the guitar down to her.

As for the D-50, Eric has played it loud and proud over the years through stints in different bands, and always playing for enjoyment. “I got it in 1974, and it has held up great – that thing is build like a tank. It has great sound across the board from the bass to the treble, and it´s easy to play. The D-50 is just a cannon. It´s so loud!”

Eric came to own the D-50 when he was looking to learn classical guitar. He ended up trading his classical model for the Guild on a local guitar shop owner´s recommendation, and he has never looked back. He says, “The Guilds have held up over the years, and I look forward to many more years of enjoyment with them.”


Since the age of 11, Jerry Frazer of Long Beach, CA has been playing the Guild F–30. And not just any F–30 – the very same guitar his grandfather, Andrew Frazier Sr. owned and then passed down to Jerry. Back in 1976, the two set off together to several guitar stores, and after trying out many acoustics, they agreed that the Guild was “the one.”

“It just felt really good,” Frazer says. “It has nice resonant tone. I like the way it sings, and it just plays really well, even after all these years. In fact, I think it’s even better now. The tone just gets better with time – it’s fantastic.”

Frazer grew up in a house full of instruments with a father who also played guitar, so he was exposed to music from an early age. He recalls visits to his grandparents’ house, and the excitement and anticipation of knowing the F–30 was there. “I used to go visit them and I couldn’t wait to play it. I just absolutely loved that guitar.”

Frazer plays mostly blues and rock ’n roll, and has been in several bands over the years. But even after all his experience with different music and different guitars, he still comes back to the Guild as his go–to guitar.

“As far as an acoustic, the F–30 is all I need. I’ve never had the urge to go and buy another acoustic. And I’m hard on them, believe me – I beat them up,” he laughs.

Frazer has an eight–year–old son and a six–year–old daughter, who he reports have taken up a strong interest in the guitar. “I’ll hand the guitar down to my kids at some point, I’m sure,” he says. “I started playing as soon as I could walk, and to see them so interested already is amazing.”

– Jerry Frazer, Long Beach, Calif.

Why Players Know Guild: Dan Moore

If the house was on fire and my family was safely outside, the first thing I would grab would be my 1980 F–30 Guild acoustic guitar. Safe to say, out of all the instruments I own, this old beauty is far and away my favorite. It´s a smaller guitar with a bigger bottom. All of the varnish is worn off on the back of neck; it´s got spider web cracking on the front from the time I left it in my VW Bus on a freezing night in Bend, Oregon; it´s got a hole down by the bridge where my pick repeatedly attacked; and with new strings, it rings like an antique music box, each note an inspiration. My Grandma gave it to me when I was 11 years old. My first guitar. I have written so many songs on that guitar; I played a lot of shows with it. And on the coolest trip I ever took in my life, I brought this guitar along.

In 1995, my friends and I bought a newly retired Crown school bus. It kind of looked like a larger version of a VW bus. We remodeled it and drove from Southern California to Costa Rica, traveling through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador on roads that inspired frequent songs and prayers at about the same rate. The first part of the journey we were well off the beaten path, camping on secluded beaches, surfing, writing, learning songs, working out harmonies, woodshedding, and playing music every day and every night. As we drove further down we would stop in towns that attracted surfers and people from all over the world. These little towns, and some not so little, are part of the gringo trail, a trail of towns stretching down through Mexico and Central America. Towns with cafes and bars and everyone is on vacation. It´s a great place for a musician with a good guitar. We didn´t have a PA so we had to find places that had natural amplification. Good thing I had my F–30 Guild. It had no problem projecting it´s sweet sound. Every place we played, we would attract a crowd. The owners of these places would pay us with food, beer, and cash. Man we had it made, and this little guitar accompanied me every step of the way. – Dan Moore San Clemente, CA