Sunday, October 31, 2010

A fancy Guild from Jason Krekel!!!

I finally got to hang out with Amy and Jason from Mad Tea Party this weekend, it has been way too long! The are from Asheville, NC and play some awesome folky garage rock on ukulele and guitar. I have always known Jason to play a 1960s Silvertone, but on this trip he also had his father's Guild Starfire along. Jason's dad, Tim Krekel, was an amazing songwriter and guitarist from Kentucky. He passed last year and Jason inherited his main guitar. Here is with the Guild.
And here Jason is with the Guild and the Silvertone, both of which were made around 1964-1965, FYI.

Ok, now some pics. Notice the gold plated Bigsby Tremelo and Rotomatic tuners. Also, two single coil pickups and all original hardware, except for a missing finger rest. The whole thing is really awesome maple with a reddish sunburst. The neck is maple/walnut/maple and feels great. People pay the custom shops big bucks nowadays to fake the kind of mojo that Tim put into this guitar, but this is the real deal! Also, check out the two color pearl inlays and celluloid bindings!

It was really special to see Tim's guitar and learn more about him. I think for the next blog post I will feature Jason's silvertone!


  1. I used to love when Tim sat in with us, (the Metro Blues All-Stars). He made that Guild sing. A really tasty guitar player and a great songwriter. Our world here in Louisville is much smaller with Tim's passing. I'm glad to see Jason carrying the family tradition.

    1. Hey folks, it's Tommy Goldsmith, who played with Tim K in the early 1980s. When I first played with Tim in 1979, he had a Starfire VI with a blond finish that was a stone killer. I think he'd had it for a long time. Tragically, it was stolen when we were playing on Boston in maybe 1980. Years later, I don't remember when, I ran across the guitar in this picture somewhere for about $400. I bought it, then turned around and sold it to Tim for my cost, as the world needed Krekel to have another Starfire. Final piece of this story: I had a red 1960 ES-345 and _it_ got stolen. I always wanted another ES style guitar and came across a sunburst Starfire VI, which I bought for myself maybe 10 years ago and own to this day. It's a killer, too. So it's great that Jason has Tim's guitar out and around again. I'm on Facebook as Thomas Goldsmith in case anyone wants to connect. All best, trg, Raleigh, NC.

  2. I am seriously drooling over that Guild guitar.

    That baby tells a thousand stories!


  3. looking forward to the Silvertone pics and info--I have a bit of a thing for the Silvertones--and if im gathering guitars...they are cheap...if you gotta go cheap though..go w soul..the guild is has it all....! thanks for sharing that.