Guild has traveled a long and winding road to become the company they are today, and as a result they have an outstanding pedigree in a variety of areas. When the company began manufacturing guitars in New York around April of 1953, they focused on building jazz boxes. They excelled at this pursuit, and they snared most of the best jazz players in NYC as endorsees. In the ’60s, Guild flat-tops gained traction among the folk and blues crowd, then exploded in popularity after Richie Havens played his D-40 at Woodstock in ’69. Legendary tunesmith Nick Drake also made his mark with a Guild in his hand, clutching his favorite M-20 on the cover of his seminal album Bryter Larter. Later, in the ’70s and ’80s, Guild focused on building a sterling line of electrics while maintaining their acoustic arsenal. By the time the ’90s rolled around, Guild some of the biggest musicians in the world hit the stage with their Guilds. Rockers like Slash, alternative darlings like Johnny Rzeznick of the Goo Goo Dolls, and grunge masters like Kim Thayil of Soundgarden all toted their Guilds to the top of the charts. Nowadays, you can find Guilds in the hands of everyone from Sheryl Crow to Dan Auerbach!