Um, crafting guild rep tokens is _NOT_ limited by your rank in the guild, but by your crafting tier. In other words, you can be at the lowest guild rank (initiate, iirc) and still craft T7 tokens and turn them in for guild rep, just so long as you have T7 crafting skills.
Also, +rep accelerator stuff from store works with guilds, too, if you are in a hurry and flush with tp/cash.
Tiger got to hunt,/ Bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder, 'Why, why, why?'
Tiger got to sleep, / Bird got to land,
Man got to tell himself he understand.
In effect, you hit a glass ceiling for Rep, which can be opened by purchasing with TP.
Another option is to buy VIP for one month, which removes these barriers for that time. Any Crafting Tiers you open during this month stay open permanently. (Not a bad idea to store-up Rep items so you can simply scream up to max Rep once the door is open.)
This also opens MANY other features - Traits, 2 extra item bags, no Gold Cap, etc. Highly recommended (and it's only $10 - support the game, treat yourself!)
No. Not unless you buy craft guild access from the store while you are not VIP. Like quest packs, VIP only rents the permission to advance.
TY for the info. Sounds like for me and my playstyle it makes more sense to put an Ultimate game card on my account for points than to use it to buy a month of VIP. Then I can just unlock the crafting access when I am ready for it.