Guild Guitar

Charlie Gracie was an early Rockabilly performer who recorded three charted songs in 1957, right in the heart of the golden era of rock and roll.  His biggest tune "Butterfly" was followed by several other hits over his career including "Fabulous."  Since the beginning of his career, Charlie has...
Carlo Greco was known throughout the world as one of the premier guitar luthiers. Yet, if you ever got to meet him, he was a very humble man who brushed off compliments with a smile. After a long association as chief designer for Guild Guitars, Carlo joined his dear friend, Alex Carozza, in New...
Neil Lilien has been a life long supporter of the arts, playing music since he was a child and growing up to own one of the finest names in stringed instruments. Neil worked for Guild Guitars for nearly 20 years before purchasing Meisel Stringed Instruments in 1984. The company, which had also been...
David Magagna had an incredible career selling guitars for some of the biggest names in the industry.  He worked for the government out of high school and attended college in Georgetown before coming into the music industry by way of the C.F. Martin & Company.  The year was 1962.  David became...
Jerry Muenchow a veteran of the music industry worked in music retail for five years before joining the famed Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI) as a field sales representative in Michigan. Jerry held that position for 10 years before becoming a Regional Sales Manager for Fender Musical...
Jay Pilzer is the founder of New Hope Guitars and has been very active in the vintage guitar market for several decades.  While earning his doctorate and teaching history, Jay became fascinated with guitars.  As a musician he enjoyed playing them and as a history professor he enjoyed learning about...
Ramon Portal moved from Cuba to the United States in 1962 and heard of an inventory job at Guild Guitar and, as he often has said, his American dream came true.  Ramon worked his way up within the company until he was appointed Vice President.  Ramon was connected with the company during many major...
Tommy Roe wrote most of the hit songs for which he is best known, such as "Dizzy," "Sheila," "Everybody" and "Sweet Pea." Each were hit songs in the 1960s and were part of the early days of his career, which included a tour with the Beatles in 1963. Tommy later formed a music publishing company and...
Tim Shaw is the Chief Engineer-Guitars for Fender Musical Instruments, helping the company create guitars, pickups and other products. Tim’s career began when Charlie Wicks hired him to repair guitars for his retail store. He found his way to R&D at Gibson in Kalamazoo in 1978 and worked with...

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