THE LEGENDS WHO PLAYED A GUILD

The the 1960’s was a decade defined by Woodstock, experimental music from legends like

RICHIE HAVENS

Richard Pierce Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He had an intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), and played soulful covers of pop and folk songs.

  • Hometown – Brooklyn, New York City, USA
  • Career Highlight – Opened Woodstock in 1969
  • Best known songs – Freedom, Here Comes The Sun, All Along The Watchtower

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The folks that put on the Woodstock had no idea this would draw so many people and were totally unprepared. Havens was the first act to perform. His performance was extended to 3 hours that day, since many of the other per-formers that were unable to reach the site due to the teaming crowd. Much of what he sang that day was improvised on the spot.

Throughout his career Richie Havens played Guild guitars. Perhaps he may have been influenced by the fact they were made in New York City. His favorite model was our Guild D-40. Because of his heavy-handed right hand attack, Havens Guilds were usually badly scarred on the top.

GUITAR MODEL

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JERRY GARCIA

Jerome John Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for being a principal songwriter, the lead guitarist and a vocalist with the rock band the Grateful Dead, of which he was a founding member and which came to prominence during the counterculture of the 1960s. Although he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or “spokesman” of the group.

  • Hometown – San Francisco, California, USA
  • Career Highlight – As one of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire 30-year career.
  • Best known songs – Casey Jones, Truckin, Friend of the Devil

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Garcia was also renowned for his musical and technical ability, particularly his ability to play a variety of instruments and sustain long improvisations with the Grateful Dead. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing, and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” cover story in 2003.

GUITAR MODEL

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ERIC CLAPTON

Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stones list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009.

  • Hometown – Ripley, Surrey, England
  • Career Highlight – Clapton has received 18 Grammy Awards as well as the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
  • Best known songs – Layla, Tears In Heaven, Change The World

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In his solo career, Clapton has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

GUITAR MODEL

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Paul Simon

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. Simon’s musical career has spanned over six decades. He is widely regarded as one of the best songwriters in popular music history.

Simon formed the duo Simon and Garfunkel with his schoolfriend Art Garfunkel in 1956. They released five studio albums and became one of the most acclaimed groups of the 1960s.

  • Hometown – Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Career Highlight – In 2006 he was selected as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time.
  • Best known songs – Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, Graceland

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Simon has earned sixteen Grammy Awards for his solo and collaborative work, including three for Album of the Year (Bridge Over Troubled WaterStill Crazy After All These Years, and Graceland), and a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: first in 1990 as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and again in 2001 for his solo career. In 2011, Rolling Stone named Simon one of the 100 greatest guitarists, and in 2015 he was ranked eighth in their list of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time.

GUITAR MODEL

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JACK CASADY

John William “Jack” Casady (born April 13, 1944) is an American bass guitarist, best known as a member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Jefferson Airplane became the first successful exponent of the San Francisco sound. Casady, along with the other members of Jefferson Airplane, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

  • Hometown – Washington D.C. USA
  • Career Highlight – Casady performed live on stage with Jimi Hendrix in 1968, he also played bass on Jimi’s song “Voodoo Chile”, from the Electric Ladyland album released in the same year.
  • Best known songs – White Rabbit, Somebody To Love, It’s No Secret

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Casady stepped beyond the conventional rhythmic and chord-supporting role of rock & roll, in order to explore other possible melodic ideas offered by the rhythm and chord progressions. His impact is immediately evident on Airplane debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off(1966) on tracks such as “Let Me In” and “Run Around”.

The live Airplane album “Bless Its Pointed Little Head” recorded in 1968, demonstrates Casady’s unique walking line style to the fullest, as his Guild Starfire bass signal was delivered through a Versatone amplifier which gave his instrument a distinctive growling sound when played in the higher register.

GUITAR MODEL

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