I've heard success rates were much improved when using the guild tools. Just wondering if it makes a significant difference. If so, I need to rethink my starting point!
That's true but while I was at the Cooking Guild and when I purchased the rights to use their equipment, I found that I wasn't getting a single point of XP in Culinary. After asking around, it looks like you don't get to advance your job's skill when you purchase the guild's buffs. But I found the crafting buff at Bearded Rock was different. You will earn both crafting & physical XP for your synth efforts.