Marley x Guild Present Bob Marley Signature Acoustic Guitar
10/05/2021 by Press Release
Guild Guitars and the Marley Family unite to bring back the guitar Bob Marley used at home in Kingston, jamaica as his primary songwriting guitar through the seventies.
Cedella Marley: "Wherever Daddy went, his guitar was right beside him. The guitar he used at home for his songwriting through the 70s was a Guild. We found a way to recreate this guitar for a new generation, so they could share the same jo my father had."
Based on Bob Marley’s at-home, songwriting guitar, the Guild A-20 Marley is a worthy tribute to the reggae legend. Many of Marley’s hits through the seventies were written on his Guild Madeira acoustic guitar. The A-20 Marley reintroduces Marley’s beloved dreadnought to the world along with a few modern appointments.
"When we were asked to do this project, we explored the history and looked for that particual model. We successfully found one and decided to replicate that to the extent possible with whatever modern changes we thought we could make to make the guitar a little better. I gave my design team complete authority to do whatever it took to get as close as possible to that guitar." (Tim Miklaucic, CEO Guild Guitars)
Built with a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the full-bodied and powerful tone of this dreadnought provides Marley fans and songwriters alike with an easy-to-play, well-balanced acoustic guitar. The C-shaped neck with 24 ¾ scale length allows for a relaxed and comfortable feel. Unique features include a vintage-correct, flat, round-cornered headstock with vintage Guild script logo, custom pickguard with Bob Marley signature, and a MARLEY script inlay on the 12th fret. Additional features include a pau ferro fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, and a matte polyurethane finish. Available in Natural. As a continuation of Bob Marley’s love for music and planet, the guitar includes a premium Marley X Guild gig bag made from recycled nylon.
"Designing and working on this guitar was quite an interesting task for the team. There's a lot decisions of making sure that it still felt like the same guitar it stilll sounded like the same guitar but also implementing any kind of changes that could to improve it along the way." (Josh Chapman, Director of Product Management Guild Guitars)
Additionally, Guild has partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every Marley guitar made. The included booklet contains the history of Marley’s Guild Madeira, first-hand stories from his family, details on how the A-20 Marley was made, and official chords for one of Bob Marley’s biggest hits. Three custom guitar picks display a lion and Guild G-Shield in gold ink. Finally, an exclusive poster featuring Bob Marley and his original Guild is included to commemorate the legacy of one of the world’s greatest songwriters.
Ziggy Marley: "Daddy played the guitar all the time. Just for fun sometimes, just playing around jamming. A day won't go by we don't hear the guitar, listening to him writing a song."
The Guild A-20 Marley guitar is available for $555 (MSRP) through any Authorized Guild Dealer (Find a dealer via GUILDGUITARS.com)