Guild Fan Spotlight: Michael Rapp

Michael Rapp

Michael Rapp of San Diego is a retired chef with the highest degree of culinary expertise. As such he’s no stranger to the stressful life of the restaurant business—he ran bustling restaurants for more than 25 years, working long, strenuous shifts.

But once the kitchen lights were turned off, Rapp’s chops moved from the cutting board to the fretboard.

“I’ve always worked with musicians in the kitchen,” said Rapp. “After working for 12 straight hours, we’d want to play music. It was great camaraderie, and it was a good way to relax and unwind.”

Rapp owns three Guild guitars, a GAD-25, F-47CE and F-412. Of the three, the F-412 is his beloved favorite.

“It just plays well,” said Rapp. “It’s a working guitar with a real elegance to it.”

Rapp bought all three Guild models at Rick’s Guitar Shop in San Diego, and said he couldn’t beat the value.

“The way the guitars were set up made them easy to play,” said Rapp. “I didn’t have to re-fret the guitars or get any work done on them. I got a good deal, and they are fun to play.”

Rapp enjoys playing jazz and bluegrass, and currently plays in a jazz quintet called Two Flights Up.