In the 1980’s Dave Guardala raised the bar for the saxophone mouthpiece industry. Working closely with one of our greatest jazz saxophonists Michael Brecker, Guardala took his new creative ideas to the more precise, never before used CNC (Computer Numerical Control Milling Machine) which had never been used prior to this in the industry. It opened the doors to a previously unheard level of precision in mouthpiece-making technology.
I purchased my first Guardala MB mouthpiece from Dave in 1990, the 2nd one, a Guardala King a few years later and have been using these exclusively ever since.
Since Dave got away from the business these mouthpieces have been heavily sought after and selling privately and on eBay for prices reaching up to and above $2000 USD.
Say Hello to Guardala Reborn
Master craftsman Nadir from Germany has now not only perfected Dave’s original models, but has given us more models of his own creation. His Fusion mouthpiece for example is a combination of several Guardala models and sounds and plays beautifully.
I bought my original Guardala MBI and King models from Dave way back around 1990 and have recently added 2 of Nadir’s models to my collection: MBII and MBII Fatboy. Not only do these mouthpieces play as easily and beautifully as the originals but they give even more in projection and tone, especially the Fatboy.
I recorded a video review testing all 4 mouthpieces mentioned above:
Available only for Tenor in Handmade Gold
The MBI model is the exact replica of the mouthpiece that Dave Guardala made for Michael Brecker. It incorporates a moderately high baffle with a large bore.
It’s not as bright as the Studio Model but brighter than the Traditional Model. It’s ideal and suited for any kind of contemporary pop, blues, rock and jazz.
Available only for Tenor in Silver or Gold
Has a tip opening of 114”. This mouthpiece is a hybrid of the Studio and the original Guardala Michael Brecker model. It has the high baffle of the Studio model with the large bore of the original Brecker model. This makes it easier to get more volume and brightness in your sound. It’s great for any kind of contemporary pop, blues, rock and jazz playing.
Guardala MB II “FATBOY”
Available only for Tenor in Silver or Gold
Original Chamber ( 8* or 0.116″ ) FATBOY mouthpieces are fatter than the original made by Dave Guardala. It’s elliptical shape allows the mouthpiece to have a larger size, with a lesser increase of weight. The resulting size/weight ratio is the only way of producing a “BALANCED SOUND” with a mouthpiece larger than Dave’s original 1980’s model.
Guardala King – R&B available for Alto and Tenor
This is the second brightest and compact of the Alto models. It’s designed to reproduce the sound of King Curtis, the king of rock and roll and R&B sax. This mouthpiece incorporates a high baffle with a small chamber. This mouthpiece can be used for the same types of Music as the SuperKing/ R&B. For players who are acquainted with high baffle small bore mouthpieces, it can be used for Mainstream Bebop, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock & Roll and Contemporary/Pop.
This is the second brightest with the King Curtis sound of the Tenor models. It’s designed to reproduce the sound of King Curtis, the king of rock and roll and R&B sax. This mouthpiece incorporates a high baffle with a small chamber. This mouthpiece can be used for the same types of Music as the SuperKing/ R&B. For players who are acquainted with high baffle small bore mouthpieces, it can be used for Mainstream Bebop, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock & Roll and Contemporary/Pop.
Studio “FATBOY” For Alto
Available only for Alto in Gold or Silver with 6* or 7* tip opening
The FATBOY models are bigger than the Dave Guardala’s original mouthpieces. The elliptical shape allows the mouthpiece to have a larger size, with a lesser increase in weight. The resulting size/weight ratio is the only way of producing a “BALANCED SOUND” with a mouthpiece larger than the original Dave Guardala Mouthpiece.
Alto sax only Studio Fatboy LT Handfinished and Handmade by Nadir Ibrahimoglu . Tip openings #6 (078) and #7 (086)
Accessories Included With Your New Guardala Mouthpiece:
A Few Customer Comments…
WOW. All I can say is get one! You were right – the search for the ultimate MP is finally over.
– Dazza, Australia (MBII)
– Nick, USA (MBII Fatboy)
– Shane, USA (MBII Fatboy)
… Hi Johnny,
I had to just take a moment to write you on how great this new Fat Boy mouthpiece has been. It is the real deal. It’s much better than any other mouthpiece that I have used over the years. It’s response and ease of use are incredible. It’s easy on my embrochure and it forms a perfect seal. I have found it to be very responsive especially when I wet the table and the rails of the mouthpiece before use. I wish I would have had this years ago. Thank you for your recommendation and your web site. It’s making all of us better players.
– Nicholas Tucker
IT IS EASIER WITH MORE VOLUME AND BRIGHTER, I LIKE A BRIGHTER SOUND
– thanks, Andy
– Jake, USA (MBII Fatboy)
– Rick, Canada (MBII Fatboy)
– William, USA (MBII Fatboy)
My Guardala Fatboy arrived today, and it sounds amazing! Nice and bright, and a very full sound overall. Thanks for posting these helpful videos and keep up the great work