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In fact one of the most iconic group of guitars produced by Guild was the Starfire series.
However in my opinion, Guild electric guitars were every bit as good and in some cases superior to the products being put out by their competition.In fact Guild fouder Al Dronge was not looking to copy the Les Paul, as his attention was bent towards Jazz guitarists and their needs.The pickups on this guitar looked like P-90 soap bar models, but were made by the Franz company of Astoria New York and were of a lower output.In 1952 his friend George Mann suggested they team up as partners in a guitar business. Around this time period the company was facing upheavals by employees who wanted to unionize.To put a halt this the Stathopoli Brothers left their manufacturing facility in New York City and set up shop in Philadelphia leaving many craftsmen without work.The Guild Guitar Company was founded in 1952 by Avram “Alfred” Dronge, a guitarist and music-store owner, and George Mann, a former executive with the Epiphone Guitar Company.
Dronge immigrated with his family to the United States in 1916 and grew up in Manhattan, near the Music Row district, around West 48th street. He eventually opened a music store in the same part of town back he grew up in.
By 1956 the company set up shop in Manhattan, but soon moved to Hoboken, New Jersey due to expansion.
The men were fortunate to hire seasoned people to run the operation such as Bob Bromberg, who was the plant manager, Carlo Greco, who was an exceptional luthier, Gilbert Diaz, who was in charge of final assembly, and Fred Augusto, a finishing specialist.
Because of Al Dronge’s ties with the New York Jazz scene, where he played guitar at clubs during his younger days, he was able to get a lot of input from players like Johnny Smith, Son Armone, Carl Kress, and Barry Galbraith on the needs of a jazz player for an electric guitar.
In fact Johnny Smith worked with the factory to develop a signature guitar which became the Artist Award.
In 1959 Gibson Guitars first produced their double cutaway hollowbody model known as the ES-330.