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The Best Are Back & Better Than Ever! Authentic Guardala Classic and New Designs

Dave Guardala Changed Saxophone Mouthpiece Making Forever

Johnny Ferreira

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.

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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:

Accessories Included With Your New Guardala Mouthpiece:

guardala-mp-lig-fullIncluded with your Guardala Mouthpiece:

  • carrying bag
  • ligature
  • mouthpiece cap
  • mouthpiece rubber guard

A Few Customer Comments…

… THANK YOU JOHNNY!!! IT IS SWEET! I played in the low register first and I was amazed immediately at how nice the tone is.  I never would have believed it would be so free blowing. Low Bb sounds easy and better than any other MP I have played.
WOW.  All I can say is get one! You were right – the search for the ultimate MP is finally over.
– Dazza, Australia (MBII)
… Just got the new MB2 Fatboy [Tenor]. The craftsmanship looks great…the tip and rails look clean, symmetrical and consistent. This mpc projects! I often play un-miked, so this will easily fill any venue I’ve played in thus far. For me, this is a free blowing mpc, with great response. The horn responds nicely, including the sometimes problematic [for me] lower register.

– Nick, USA (MBII Fatboy)

… Johnny! LOVE the new mouthpiece! I’ve only been playing 11 months now, but it is VERY easy to blow! Easier than my Yanigisawa metal mouthpiece!  I instantly noticed a more rattley/raspy sound! Whoever I tried to growl… Oh man it popped!  Thanks for turning me on to this!

– 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.

The MBII plays awesome! Not as laser beam as the studio because of the open chamber, but SO MUCH more body. I love it! Just as as was hoping to expect! Perfect!!!
– Nicholas Tucker
– thanks, Andy
Hi Johnny. Thanks again for the great site. As you know I have purchased the MBII FatBoy. I use a Fribrecell 3 1/2 reed on it with a Rovner Versa ligature. I was playing at a Blues jam night and someone came from the crowd to talk with me. They said I have a very similar sound as King Curtis. That, was an awesome compliment so say the least. I would not trade to another mouthpiece and wish I had this one years ago from the Berg Larsen 120/2 that I played. Thanks again for all the great info and techniques.

-Rick Wysynski

… I’m finally playing my tenor fatboy!!! … really feel this is my mouthpiece now! My shiva that I was previously playing is gonna hit the auction block with about 10 other pieces I have accumulated. This thing is the real deal!!! Also the lig is a fantastic match with it.
– Jake, USA (MBII Fatboy)
… Hi Johnny. been playing my new MB2 FatBoy mouthpiece. It plays similar to my Dukoff but better. Better sound easier to play better range deeper tone and easier in the altissimo range. Should have ordered one years ago
– Rick, Canada (MBII Fatboy)
… My Fatboy arrived today, April 26. Sounds great. is easier to play and I can play it softer, not so loud and then I can blow it very loud. The Fatboy wins 1st chair in the orchestra. Thanks for everything Johnny.
– William, USA (MBII Fatboy)
Hey Johnny,
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
Sahil 🙂