Formed in Manhattan in 1952, before moving to Hoboken, New Jersey, Guild quickly became established as a maker of great archtop electric guitars and then folk guitars, with their 12-string guitars particularly gaining a solid reputation. In 1966, Guild moved to Westerley, Rhode Island, whose reputation remained high. Tim Buckley and Richie Havens (famously at Woodstock) and Eric Clapton used Guild 12-strings, Muddy Waters and Zal Yanovsky (Lovin Spoonful) used the electric Thunderbird, Nick Drake is holding a Guild M20 on the cover of ‘Bryter Layter’. A Guild Starfire has pride of place on the Kinks album ‘Kinks Kontroversy’, and was played by Jerry Garcia in the Grateful Dead. The SG-like S100 was used by Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil. More recently, Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys has been using the T-Bird. Other famous users include Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Bob Marley, Brian May, Slash, Tom Petty and many more.

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