Country crooner David Nail has got a new video out for his infectious single “Whatever She’s Got” and we’re thrilled to see him rocking his Guild D-55. Purchase the single here on iTunes.
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.
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Collen auctioned off a one-of-a-kind guitar that was played on Def Leppard’s Rock of Ages tour for $15,000 and added $5,000 of his own money.
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Get a fascinating up-close look at the making of fine Guild acoustic guitars as you watch this photomontage, which is the next best thing to actually touring the Guild factory in New Hartford, Conn., yourself. Every meticulously crafted step is seen here, a great deal of it done by hand—including initial wood selection, body and neck shaping, bracing and inlay work, fret placement and dressing, sanding and finishing, and more.
Seattle’s Ed Diaz went a long way for his Guild D-44.
Diaz, who has played for nearly five decades and enjoys composing music, was living in upstate New York in the mid-’70s when he and a friend hitchhiked 70 miles to famed Manhattan retailer Manny’s Music. It was there that he purchased the richly resonant dreadnought model, which was introduced in 1965 with an unusual pearwood back and sides, with maple offered in 1971.
“As soon as I walked into the area displaying acoustic guitars, I saw the D-44 in a glass case,” recalled Diaz. “It did not take me long to make the decision to purchase it. It played and sounded fantastic!”
Diaz got exactly what he was looking for. The long trek had paid off.
“The maple body gave the guitar the brilliance and volume I wanted,” said Diaz. “The action was perfect and the Guild neck felt great.”
Almost 40 years later, Diaz said his Guild still plays like a charm.
“It’s got outstanding tone, playability, looks and craftsmanship,” said Diaz. “I especially like the neck.”
Further, Diaz – who calls his D-44 a “dear old friend” – has a few words of advice for those who don’t own a Guild yet.
“Do not hesitate to try a Guild when you are looking to purchase an acoustic guitar,” he said. “You hear so much about the ‘other’ big name brands, but if you don’t try a Guild, you’ll have no idea what you’re missing.”
Ludlow Guitars in Manhattan’s Lower East Side is a class-act New York destination for connoisseurs of fine instruments.
“In a supermarket, you can get 18 different kinds of sliced white bread,” says owner Jan Howell. “And if you know what you want, then that’s a perfectly good place to go. We’re not the supermarket; we’re the corner store.”
But Ludlow Guitars doesn’t discriminate. Although the store attracts mostly discerning musicians, its doors are open to all. Besides, it’s hard for the average bystander not to be captivated by the bedazzling eye-candy mounted on the store’s walls.
“Our objective is to get customers inside our store, and show them what we’ve got,” says Howell. “Then we want to wrap their arms around something they like, rather than having them end up with an instrument that might not be for them.”