New to the group,,,
Here's the story, I was shopping with wife and I was waiting..of course I get talking to another husband and learn that he too plays the guitar. So, we start talking, what style we liked, what guitar we had and things. Anyway I say I just love the Guild guitars especially the 1970's and 1980's from Westerly, Rhode Island. He say, "hey I know a guy that use to work there..." Would you like to meet him?" Yes,,,yes and yes. So he calls him and we are suppose to go meet him next Saturday.
It's next Friday and I get a call from the guy and he says he can't go but the guy is waiting to meet you..so he give me him name and address. I call the guy, John, and we are going to meet the next day at 1pm. I drive about 1 1/2 hour and pull up in the driveway and John comes out to meet me. We talk a little then he says, want to come in and see my Guilds. We go down to the basement and there they are about 15 guilds, beautiful, wonderful guilds. He has some D's and 3 different F's a couple Starfires, a 12 string starfire, and an Artist and some early 70's solid bodies. I am floored , I have never seen so many wonderful guitars. I ask him questions about what it was like to work there.. he tells me some stories, and gives me about why the place got in money troubles. Then he says hey you want to see my workshop. He make his own guitars too, he shows me some mostly solid body. Then I look in the corner and there something that catches my eye, there a pile of bodies over there, dusty. Hey, are those yours too. No, they're not those are old guilds... Old Guilds from the 1970's to 1980's.. yes there about 30 F bodies, about hundred tops and backs, some necks, fretboards, and other things. that he explains he saved when guild moved out of Rhode Island. So I tell how much I would love to own a piece of history, we talk and I end up with a a Duane Eddy top, Rim and Back and a neck, and X150 top, back and rim and two D bodies with a neck... I have a great new friend who save these pieces of history and now I have a pieces of them too. I hoping to find someone to help me put them together and complete this dream...
Great story but, was it just me, or did anybody else, when reading the narrative where your friend told you about the guy, then backed out and you drove by yourself an hour and a half to meet a total stranger named John and then go into his house and then down to his basement ... (I couldn't help but wonder where it was all leading) ... then you told the part about looking over in the corner and seeing a pile of dusty bodies ... yikes! LOL ... I know you didn't mean it that way, but right up to the very last, it sound like the plot from a crime novel. Glad you're okay! :-)
Seriously, though ... neat story. Would love to know what you're able to put together.
Yes....a great story! The second guitar I ever owned was a Guild "Duane Eddy" #104 w/ gold plated hardware and a Bigsby tremolo that simply said "patent pending" WOW...the ones that got away (my first guitar was a '56 Strat that I traded towards the Guild...sigh)
So...does your new friend want to see some wood (says the "I can't help myself wood vulture")?
I would love to help. Give me a call.
Jerry, Sounds like you need to find a local luthier quick! My suggestion is to do a Google search for luthiers in your area. You might even be able to find reviews of their work online. Have an idea of what you want the end product to look like (personalize here man, you may never get a chance like this again...have them price out what you want and get at least as many quotes form whoever you find that will be interested. These troubled economic times have driven down prices, so shop around! Another suggestion is to check with Acoustic Guitar magazine...every year they publish a list of luthiers in the magazine and I bet they would know how to go about finding the ones near you. I saw where one guy wrote a book about the process of having a custom guitar built... In any case, in exchange for this free advice you must promise to keep us posted on your progress and post some pictures of the work!
Okay, I was getting a little creeped out too as you talked about him taking you into his basement and workshop! But it looks like this one is going to have a happy ending!
Hey, I would even like to see some pictures posted of the "stuff" you got!
Very cool. Pictures would be nice. It will be interesting to see if all the parts can be made to fit together. If there are Guild markings you may want to remove/obscure if you put something together. Although he probably won’t take the project Cumpiano’s shop is up in Northhampton, Mass last time I visited. He may be able to put you onto someone local who would like the work. Good luck. Post before and after if things work out.
I thought you guys would enjoy the story and understand how excited I was about the find..
I'll post some photos soon
I just thought it was too cool, to own a piece of history whether they get back together or not..
I love talking to my new friend about the times and listening to him tell me about different stories about the plant and the people.
Here's a couple of photos...
the first is the X 150 marked on the inside and on back, I do have a neck for it.
the second is the Duane Eddy 400 which is marked on the top, and he thinks he has a neck for it.