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Comment by Jud Hair on September 15, 2011 at 12:40pm
I played a lovely Taylor 12-string over lunch today at Guitar Center.  Was priced at $1,200.  I love GC ... they are so willing to let you window shop and "kick tires" without giving you a hard time.  You cannot beat them for price nor variety of instruments in stock.  One of these days I'm going to have to actually buy something from them.
Comment by Jonah Lake on September 13, 2011 at 4:16pm
I wonder how much these companies pay? There must be dussins of guitar makers out there that will beat these guitars any day for half the price. How many brands do they try out and who is aloud to try them out?
Comment by Christopher Cozad on September 13, 2011 at 9:11am
Has anyone here seen the Acoustic Guitar 2011 Player's Choice Awards (October Edition of the magazine)?

Jumbo Award
Gold: Gibson J-200
Silver: Martin J12-40E
Silver: Taylor 455
Bronze: Guild F-50

Gold: Taylor GS6-12
Silver: Martin J12-40E
Bronze: Guild F-512

My jumbos are all 30+ year-old Guilds, however...


(Feeble, qausi-evangelistic effort)


Let it be known hereafter that, if I were in the market for a brand new guitar, I would most certainly be purchasing a New Hartford Guild (of course, it would *most certainly* be a jumbo... and I would need a 6 string and a 12 string... I just can't decide on maple or rosewood as I love them both...)

(I will bet there are some New Hartford Guild owners out there that can do a whole lot better than that.)



Comment by Ginger on September 12, 2011 at 10:28pm

John - did you happen to come across this site? I had it saved but haven't read it thoroughly. But he seems to know a lot about both Guild & the on Musictoworshipby.

If he doesn't have the info you're looking for right there on his page, you still might be able to ask him about yours & he could know...let us know too if you find out anything?

Comment by John Bingham on September 12, 2011 at 8:06pm
Thanks for the reply. I am still having trouble finding anything about the Madeira line. My guitar is the Madeira A-12 by Guild. Anyone know where I should look for info on this particular guitar?
Comment by Edward Sparks on September 11, 2011 at 6:09pm


If you go to the Guild Guitars website there is a place you can l;ook up serial numbers to find out age of your guitar.  There is also a Guild book out with lots of great info and history!  



Guild site:


Date your Guild here:


The Guild Book:



Comment by John Bingham on September 11, 2011 at 4:35pm
I just bought a used Madeira A-12 by Guild seriel number 76060489, Can anyone help me find out more about this intruments age, quality and value?
Comment by Edward Sparks on September 10, 2011 at 1:43pm
Hi Ginger, I thought you'd like that!  Edward
Comment by Ginger on September 9, 2011 at 10:05am

OMG, thanks Ed! That's the same 12 string Framus that George Harrison used to play all the time very early Beatles. It is from the Framus Western series like mine. He also used to play a Hagstrom that on video. ~*grin*~    Ground Control to Major Tom....

Comment by Christopher Cozad on September 9, 2011 at 9:40am
What a guy, good for him! Saw your post on the Gibson form, and found your video on YouTube (PJ's and all!). The guitar sounds super! Great job, keep practicing (especially on the 12 string - it builds strength in your hand and makes playing the 6 string feel like butter).  ;~}

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