Since the age of 11, Jerry Frazer of Long Beach, CA has been playing the Guild F–30. And not just any F–30 – the very same guitar his grandfather, Andrew Frazier Sr. owned and then passed down to Jerry. Back in 1976, the two set off together to several guitar stores, and after trying out many acoustics, they agreed that the Guild was “the one.”
“It just felt really good,” Frazer says. “It has nice resonant tone. I like the way it sings, and it just plays really well, even after all these years. In fact, I think it’s even better now. The tone just gets better with time – it’s fantastic.”
Frazer grew up in a house full of instruments with a father who also played guitar, so he was exposed to music from an early age. He recalls visits to his grandparents’ house, and the excitement and anticipation of knowing the F–30 was there. “I used to go visit them and I couldn’t wait to play it. I just absolutely loved that guitar.”
Frazer plays mostly blues and rock ’n roll, and has been in several bands over the years. But even after all his experience with different music and different guitars, he still comes back to the Guild as his go–to guitar.
“As far as an acoustic, the F–30 is all I need. I’ve never had the urge to go and buy another acoustic. And I’m hard on them, believe me – I beat them up,” he laughs.
Frazer has an eight–year–old son and a six–year–old daughter, who he reports have taken up a strong interest in the guitar. “I’ll hand the guitar down to my kids at some point, I’m sure,” he says. “I started playing as soon as I could walk, and to see them so interested already is amazing.”
– Jerry Frazer, Long Beach, Calif.