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Episode 18: 1975 Guild Acoustic Guitar

December 3, 2019


Alright, here I go again. So this guitar makes me want to play
that Jay Farrar… And he didn’t write that song, I did.
That’s a G and a C, I came up with that. Mmm, you came up G and a C? A G, C– Congratulations. Even a D, I came up that– You came up with D? That also sounds good. Thank you, it does. You did a really good job coming up with them chords. I’ve been working on that for a while. But um, this guitar is one of the
best-sounding guitars that I think I’ve ever played. It just just has… It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s so rich and full, and it has– the brights have, like, a warmness about it. Like,
there’s nothing stark or sharp or weird, but it’s not dull, you know? Yeah. It is one of the better-sounding acoustic
guitars I think I’ve ever heard, actually. It’s just so nice. This guitar belongs to a friend of ours
named Ashley Peeples. Ashley is a wonderful guy. He’s in all kinds
of bands including Gasp. G-A… You can probably just Google
“Gasp,” take you right there. I think it’s G-A-R-T. I’m not sure how to spell it.
But anywho, Ashley let us borrow this guitar. This is a 1975 Guild D-55, and it’s
absolutely gorgeous. It’s got the nice, you know, aged kind of quality about it.
It’s um– the sunburst is really beautiful. It’s a dreadnought body style. It’s got
the– I think that’s Indian rosewood, I believe, and then it’s got these, you know,
separators and binding. I mean it’s just– just the decorations on it are incredible. Sorry, because I’m completely ignorant about this kind of thing. Indian
rosewood. What the hell does that mean? Often you see nice acoustic guitars
are gonna have, for their back — for their sides and back — are gonna have either
mahogany or Indian rosewood as their sides and back. And then on the front, if
you have kind of a spruce, it’s gonna be a brighter guitar — and I believe this is
spruce — and if it’s an all-mahogany guitar — back, sides, front — it’s going to be
a… you wouldn’t call it dull, but a warmer sound. It’s a warmer kind of sound. So usually you’re gonna either have
mahogany or the Indian rosewood as kind of your sides and back of a nice,
well-made guitar. Now, you know, mahogany has a lot of negative
implications around, like, socio-cultural things. Like, you know, it’s being
pulled out of South America under the same kind of conditions that, you know…
That movie came out, Blood Diamond, you know, about how diamonds would come out
of Africa and, like– I haven’t actually seen the movie, but is it a good movie, have you seen the movie? I have, it’s a good movie. Well some of the mahogany that’s coming out
of Central America and stuff is under the same kind of conditions. So there’s laws
around moving mahogany around. You don’t see the same kind of stuff with the
Indian rosewood, it seems to be a cleaner market channel to buy out of. But you do
see sustainable programs in the mahogany world, as well, that people are working
on. But anyway it’s an upscale wood– In the 70s, it was… Oh yeah, people don’t care in the ’70s. “Whatever. I don’t care where
this where this wood comes from.” Just throw your trash out the window
when you’re driving. Your kids are laying up in the back. I used to lay
up in the back of the car, like up by the window behind the backseat, like up
there while we drove when I was like 4. Geez. Yeah, no seat belts or anything. I would wear roller blades and
I would have the, like, rope– There were no roller blades. You gotta
wear four skates on your skates, dude. I was wearing four skates. I mean four wheels on your– I was hands-and-knees with the four
skates behind the station wagon. A chain, tow chain, went in my mouth. Yeah, it was a pretty fancy act. I think I just bumped this. I don’t know
if you folks at home heard that. Yeah, no, I doubt it. I don’t think anybody’s watching. I don’t think anyone’s at home watching this. So anyway, this is a Guild. Guild was a
company that was formed in the ’50s. So at the same time that, you know, Leo
Fender was putting out the Telecaster and the Stratocaster, Guild was… They were
actually a company before that, but they started making guitars in
the ’50s because they saw all the, you know, the profitability and
fruitfulness in guitars. And they made some pretty amazing — both acoustic and
electric — guitars, and they were real popular in… They actually outsold
Fender in the ’50s, which is crazy. Then in the ’60s, they got adopted — kind
of like Gretsch — they got adopted as this kind of like… I don’t know, rockabilly or other… I’ve always associated them with Gretsch. Yeah, yeah, they’re kind of like Gretsch
in that sense. They got– the brand got lumped together with Gretsch in the ’60s. They both start with “G.” Yeah, and, like, Duane Eddy played a Guild before
he went to Gretsch, so it’s a lot of that rockabilly old stuff. And then, they
went on to start making just the best sounding acoustic guitars.
And then in the ’70s, you have a lot of the bands that when they, like, do their
acoustic song, it’s gonna be on a Guild. So, like, the Eagles, you know, the
Eagles playing all these electric guitars, and then when it’s
time for the acoustic song– Bring it on home… Yeah, right, they bring out the Guild acoustic
guitars. And it really had a reputation for just being a really excellent sounding
acoustic guitar, and man, [strums] This one is ridiculous. I don’t know if you folks
at home, with the children gathered around the television, can tell, but it’s so loud. It is loud, yeah, it’s like a cannon. Yeah, I mean this thing is just
like [strumming] It’s so warm! I don’t know about the power of
YouTube to translate that, but it’s just a– If you’re not wearing headphones
then yeah, you won’t get it. It’s just a huge, warm sound. And like I was saying before, the
brights aren’t shrill in any way. They’re soft and warm. Yeah, it’s really nice. It’s bright without being that,
sort of, just tinny, kind of… Absolutely. And Ashley, whose guitar
this is, he said this is his main acoustic guitar, and he plays out
a lot at restaurants and different environments where it’s just
him and a guitar and singing. This thing will really get in your face
if you’re, like, trying to eat pizza. Yeah, right. But seriously, like as a “by yourself”
instrument, this thing fills up the tonal spectrum for sure. So it’s a good choice. Yeah, if you’re a big loud singer… Yeah, if you’re telling jokes… Yeah, real loud jokes. “GUY WALKS INTO
A BAR.” Sorry, that might be a bit loud. And, look at the– silent Micah’s like, “Stop.” “That’s not gonna work.” Yeah, we’re cutting all of this.
This episode won’t even air. So this one has electronics that were put into it. Oh yeah, there’s a 9-volt battery just floating around
in there. Swimming in an ocean of open guitar– And I wish Ashley was here to tell us about the
electronics, but– I’m glad he’s not, man. But he’s not… I don’t want him getting in my face
about this thing, being all loud. I’m just kidding, Ashley’s a really awesome dude. He’s terrible, don’t fake it. So it just sounds amazing, and it looks amazing, and,
again, it’s from ’75. It’s just really– the era of, like… Jaws! That’s what I was gonna say. How did you know
that? That’s weird. We hang out too much. The era of, like, excellent sound.
You know, like, if you think about it man, like, you know, that the ’60s was about
breaking through in a lot of ways, and it wasn’t necessarily about
excellent sound. It was about breaking through and rock ‘n’ roll and stuff. Sticking it to the man. It was about sticking it to the man. But the ’70s
it was like, “Let’s take it into the studio. We got, like, better technology.” “Let’s rock the man!” Let’s rock the man. Let’s invite the man in. Let’s let the man enjoy himself a little bit– –a little bit while we’re sticking it to him. –while we’re sticking it to him, but we
can entertain him with this loud guitar. Exactly, and we can, you know,
but like, you know, you imagine how nice the studios would have been
that eventually, let’s say, the Eagles were recording in. You know, just
top-of-the-line, not like the old Sam Phillips places where Elvis was
walking in off the street. I mean, you know, it’s like– We’re talking, like, just very,
very nice, top-of-the-line microphones, German microphones that would
have cost, you know, $20,000 each and all that stuff. And the guitars at that
point were just made to perform, sonically, at levels that were just– They had
to sound really, really nice. It was all about that, you know? Whereas the,
you know, we did an episode on the Gretsch Rancher, which sounds great
but it’s really about it being cool and looking cool. It’s just look,
it’s just awesome. This is about just optimal sonic quality, you
know, really is. It’s a beautiful, beautiful guitar. So thank you,
Ashley, for letting us borrow it. Thank you very much. Yeah, and y’all check out Gasp,
which is Ashley’s band. They’re phenomenal. And I guess
that’s it, man. Anything else, Chris? Nope. Ashley, I really– thank you very much for having this guitar. I was kidding,
it’d be awesome if you were here, but we understand you’re preoccupied. Making a living. Micah, don’t let this be in the video, but
Chris is not kidding, he hates Ashley. Can’t stand him. If he was in
here, I would smash this guitar. I would Smashley. I would smash… I would
Smashley Peeples this guitar. That one Peeples. That’s what they’d be calling him then. Actually, god I hope that people
call him that. Smashley Peeples. If he has a Myspace, that’s probably
what his name is on there. Yeah, anyway, if he hadn’t patented that yet, he can do that now. Alright, I guess we’ll see
you next— in 20 minutes on The Local Pickup. Don’t move. We don’t have anything else, what do you want?

1 Comment

  • Reply Joey Kelly December 2, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Sounds great! Never looked into Guild guitars much, so it's nice to see them pop up on this channel.

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