Why Players Know Guild: Kurt Grotyohann

Kurt Grotyohann of Freehold, N.J., has a mind-blowing collection of Guild instruments that easily seems to exceed the Guild inventory of most large music shops. In fact, his gargantuan collection of all things Guild is so large that he just might hold a world record for owning the most Guild products ever.

Get a load of this: Grotyohann owns 102 Guild instruments. That’s 72 guitars (including 13 acoustics, six of which are 12-string models) and 30 Guild basses. Not to mention 18 Guild amps (!) and all sorts of Guild accessories and collectibles.

Grotyohann’s collection dates back to 1967 when his father bought him his first Guild—his beloved 1966 T-100D in sunburst.

“The more I learned about Guilds, I said, ‘Gee, it’d be nice to have one of everything,’” Grotyohann said, describing how he developed such a massive collection. “I like them because they’re American-made. Guild always seemed to be the underdog, and I followed the underdog. Besides, I love the neck on a Guild; there’s nothing like a thin, fast Guild neck.”

Out of his 102 instruments, the T-100D is his all-time favorite.

“It’s my favorite guitar because it was my first guitar,” Grotyohann said. “I think a lot of people out there wish they still had their first guitar.”

After that, he narrows his favorites down to the top five.

The rest were purchased from music stores, through classified ads and on eBay.

“The ones I like the best are the rarest ones,” he said. “The S-200, S-260 Sprint, Nightingale, Studio 24, and the M-85 hollow-body bass.”

Grotyohann, a professional musician with over 20 years of experience, is very involved in Guild forums and is well known among Guild aficionados for his massive collection.