Luthier Ferguson to Lead Cordoba's Guild Line


Posted on May 15, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

Guild guitars will be reuniting with its heralded guitar maker of recent years, as luthier Ren Ferguson will be joining Cordoba Music Group as head of manufacturing for the Oxnard, California-based company’s soon-to-be-acquired Guild line.

Cordoba CEO Tim Miklaucic announced the hiring today, describing Ferguson as “an incredible resource and a national treasure.”

Cordoba is currently working out the details for its pending purchase of the Guild line from Fender Musical Instrument Corporation—a move, announced May 6, which left many industry watchdogs wondering what the future held for the storied acoustic brand founded in 1953 by music-store owner Alfred Dronge. The brand enjoyed a heyday of high exposure in the 1960s, as Guild guitars gained particular popularity within the East Coast folk movement and on the West Coast psychedelic scene.

The hiring of Ferguson is likely to be music to the ears of Guild admirers; the 68-year-old guitar maker joined Fender in 2012, as chief engineer of its acoustic-guitar lines which, along with Guild, have included Ovation, Takamine and Fender guitars. Ferguson had previously spent more than 25 years as the primary luthier for Gibson’s acoustic-guitar division.

According to Cordoba officials, Ferguson “will oversee all production of Guild acoustic and electric guitars” at its Oxnard manufacturing facility.

Adds Miklaucic: “We’re excited to usher in a new era of Guild guitars with his leadership.”

For more on Ferguson and Guild, check out the above video about the Guild Custom Shop.

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