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Comment by Steve Kline on September 15, 2011 at 5:24pm
Kinda mis-read that, didn't I?  Helps to pat attention.
Comment by Jud Hair on September 15, 2011 at 4:41pm
Thanks Steve ... Floridagull was curious about them.
Comment by Steve Kline on September 15, 2011 at 3:05pm
Jud, are you talking about the maker being Craviola.  I have a Gianini Craviola that was my first acoustic guitar.  It plays well and it's sound is about average.  I bought it because it was the best playing guitar that I could afford at the time.  The guitar, because of it's shape, is extremely comfortable to play.
Comment by Jud Hair on September 15, 2011 at 1:09pm

Rick ... I believe it was a GA-3 12, but not positive.  Actually your comment on small shops is why I have never bought anything at GC.  I am really into supporting small business when I can, so I bought both of my guitars from small local shops.  Both small shops were willing to come close enough to GC prices to make me feel guilty not buying from them.

Floridagull ... Yep.  Apex is a bedroom community for Raleigh.  I'm not familiar at all with Craviola.  I shopped Harry's several times when I was buying the Martin.  He runs a great shop.  If I get back over there I'll try to look for a Craviola to test for you.  Not sure when I'll be there though.  He carries Eastman and I really want to try out several of those, because I hear so much good about them.  Went to High-Strung in Durham too, but all they had was a few Blueridge guitars.  Never saw anything like a Craviola there.

Comment by Rick Heenan on September 15, 2011 at 12:56pm
Hey Jud, thats what I paid for my Taylor 12, 5 or 6 years ago.  It listed for 1795, I got it for 1195.  Not at GC though, Jackson Music on Grand Island, NY.  One of my favorite places, always willing to give you the best deal they can.  (shameless plug)Its nice to see a local family operated business succeed.
Comment by FloridaGull on September 15, 2011 at 12:56pm

Hey Jud -

Check out my discussion above re: the Tacoma and the Craviola.  Have you ever played a Craviola?  I haven't, but would like to.  Trying to see if any shop around me carries one.  There are 4 in NC:

Harry & Jeanie West 116 East Broadstreet Statesville NC 28677 (704) 924-8909
Harry's Guitar Shop 616 Glenwood Ave Raleigh NC 27603 (919) 828-4888
High Strung Violins & Guitars 1116 Broad St Ste 101 Durham NC 27705 (919) 286-3801
Moore Music Company 615 West Market Street Greensboro NC 27401 (336) 274-4636


Ever heard of any of these?  Apex is close to Raleigh, no?

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?


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