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I looking at a late 1970's  early 80's Guild D35. Is there anyone who is fimilar with the model and could tell me about its playablity, volume, and tone. How is it?

My friend found it but I haven't play it or any other one (D35). I am interested in any information about the model and its tone. What's a good price also? and how does it rate as an acoustic guitar.

thanks,

Skip

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Hi Skip,

I will be anxious to hear what you think of it once you play it...I am not really familiar with this model as I have a few other dread brand guitars and am currently a big fan of Gibson and Guild Jumbos, of which I own two a 6 and a 12.  I did find this series of owner ratings at this link: http://www.betterguitar.com/equipment/guitars/player_opinions/guild...

 

  1. Average Ratings
  2. Performance: 9.2
  3. Sound Quality: 9.9
  4. Construction: 9.2
  5. Ratings Key
  6. 10: Excellent
  7. 0: Useless
  8. Company
  9. Guild

Guild D35

  1. Name: Henry Davis

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1971

  4. Price Paid: $180

  5. Performance

  6. Bought this guitar when it was one year old through a friend who worked at a Guitar store. The tuning pegs were never bad but somewhere along the line I put a set of Grovers on it because I thought it was the right thing to do. Made a few mistakes, like getting it over heated, which caused the saddle to loosen. Also managed to put a small crack in the soundboard. Both these were professionally repaired and this guitar is still going strong these 40 years later.

  7. Performance Rating: 9

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Most guys will put medium gauge stings on this guitar but I like to use light gauge D'Addarios. Still great resonance and the clear highs will tear your hear out. For this price range guitar the tones are amazingly sweet. Plenty of volume too. This is not in inaudible instrument.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. I kept it in a hardshell and still managed to beat it up a bit. She's a tough ol' gal. Fairly light but well constructed.

  13. Construction Rating: 9

  1. Name: Terry Mitchell

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1977

  4. Price Paid: $385

  5. Performance

  6. I bought this guitar new in 1977, and it just keeps getting better and better. In the early years it seemed a bit stiff in the wound strings but I don't notice that anymore. I've used it for bluegrass, in stage orchestras, solo concerts, instrumentals, accompaniment, recording, live performance for 50 - 50,000 people. It has never let me down.

  7. Performance Rating: 8

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Outstanding! The overtones and upper harmonics are especially rich, carry well through a mike, and are easily audible on recording. Overall, the sound of this guitar continues to amaze me and now, at age 32, I'm looking forward to many more years of good sound.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. I've been having a bit of trouble with the neck over the past few years, but it hasn't affected the intonation or playability except in very high positions (beyond the 14th fret), really a very small problem. After 3 decades, not too bad.  Original tuners still fine.

  13. Construction Rating: 9

  1. Name: Mike Miskowiec

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1972

  4. Price Paid: $350

  5. Performance

  6. I purchased this guitar in 1972. It was new. It has a sunburst body. This guitar has traveled all over the country with me and it still plays well. I have looked at newer guitars just to play something different. But none compare to the overall feel and sound quality that I still get from this old girl. I wish my women could hang around this long. She's been with me now for 37 years. What a friend to have on a cold and lonely night.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. A nice warm sound. The bass is deep enough and the highs are clean and clear.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. I don't know exactly what woods are on this guitar. But the overall construction is extremely good. Accidently, this guitar in its case was placed in the back of a moving truck by the roof of the storage compartment. I went from Los Angeles to New Orleans. The temperature out side in Arizona that summer were 117 degrees. When I got to my destination and realized what had happened I knew she would never be the same. The face of the body behind the bridge had warped inward. Causing the strings to be raised slightly. Somehow over the next year it corrected itself. It now plays as good as ever, no buzz, just a warm rich sound. There is a God!

  13. Construction Rating: 10

  1. Name: Mike Wawrzkow

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1973

  4. Price Paid: $220 US

  5. Performance

  6. I bought this guitar new as a kid and have had it ever since. The first few years it went with me on quite a few camping trips, and I had it one complete summer in my tent in Montana back in '79. I love this guitar and will never part with it. Not that I haven't thought about selling it many years ago, as I found the high action caused me grief at times.

  7. Performance Rating: 9

  8. Sound Quality

  9. But the sound, the sound....pure heaven.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 9

  11. Construction

  12. I've had a bit of work done on it: had to reset the bridge a couple of times cause it was pulling off and warping the top (medium strings will do that), but that was easily dealt with by a competent luthier. Also had the truss rod professionally adjusted, and the frets filed. Other than that it is a solid, beautifully crafted instrument, and every bit worth its weight in gold.

  13. Construction Rating: 9

  1. Name: Michael

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1982

  4. Price Paid: $372

  5. Performance

  6. I brought this guitar in 6/82 and love it from the first day. It performs better as it ages.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Sound is deep and loud, no need for a pickup. I mike it when I used it on stage. Has a great output.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. Lacquer around the tuning knobs bubbled within 6 months after I owned it. I sent it back to Guild who repaired it with no problems.

  13. Construction Rating: 9

  1. Name: Hugh Hunt

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: $385

  5. Performance

  6. I purchased this guitar used in 1975. It has gone trough a lot over the past 31 years but still sounds and plays great.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. This guitar has incredible resonance, whether strumming hard or picking.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. This guitar has pick marks around the pick guard a few nicks and bruises, but I swear it gets better with age.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

  1. Name: Randall Royer

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1968

  4. Price Paid: $156 (gift)

  5. Performance

  6. This was my first “serious” guitar and I’ve had it since new. It is starting to show its age a bit, but whenever I play it, people comment on its wonderful, warm tone. Spruce top, mahogany body and neck. Tuners have been replaced (what were they thinking?), Fishman matrix installed. It never disappoints. Love it!

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Excellent. Balanced, full, warm, consistent, responsive, you get the idea. Is there better tone?

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. Have never needed repair, solid as a rock!

  13. Construction Rating: 10

  1. Name: Joe Markley

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1981

  4. Price Paid: $495

  5. Performance

  6. I’ve had this guitar for 25 years and the actions is still awesome. It’s works great for both finger picking and hard strumming. Easy to play.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Loud booming base, solid mid and nice clear treble. This guitar has a great “ring” to it. Mellow when you finger pick and nice and loud when you strum it hard.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. Solid as a rock, I have had this guitar for 25 years and the only part I had to replace was a broken nut. Extremely well made and has aged extremely well. Sounds better all the time. I LOVE MY GUILD D35!

  13. Construction Rating: 10

  1. Name: Soeren Lindgaard

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1974

  4. Price Paid: $450

  5. Performance

  6. It’s getting better and better and has a strong bass if you use heavy gauge strings. In open chords it is very powerful.

  7. Performance Rating: 8

  8. Sound Quality

  9. I like it, very nice overtones.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. Solid, solid. I have been shifting the frets, that’s all. The tuners are not the greatest things, but they keep the guitar in tune.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

  1. Name: Pieter Hounslow

  2. Band: Kiva

  3. Model Year: Unknown — late 70’s, early 80’s

  4. Price Paid: £200!

  5. Performance

  6. This has been my main steel string acoustic for the last 20 years and I still adore it — it has quite a few dings and scrapes from gigs and travels around Europe but still plays beautifully. The neck is a bit chunky if one is not used to it (I am now) but responds beautifully to fingerstyle, hybrid picking and strumming.

  7. Performance Rating: 9

  8. Sound Quality

  9. With phosphor-bronze she sounds gentle and sweet with that classic jangle (imagine strumming the opening chords to Take It Easy). I recently had the Fishman Natural Matrix II installed (the one to compensate for boomy bass). It has a very solid bass response which is ideal for live acoustic work and the Matrix tames this when playing amplified. Recently I decided to experiment with coated strings and put on D’Addario extended play bronze wound. This has led to a much more solid and tighter sound in the bass with a slight drop off in the upper middle and top range. Although I am not reviewing the strings here they still sound and look good after a few weeks!

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. Although not the prettiest guitar in the world it is very solidly built — you can tell as soon as you pick it up after having handled mid-range guitars from certain other manufacturers. It feels solid, well-built and lovingly made. Tuners are original sealed units, not the prettiest but they work as they should, no slippage during gigs or rehearsals — and I bang it around pretty hard in our country line-up! I got this guitar from my Dad who originally bought it new as a back up to his Gurian jumbo/replacement for Gibson J45, so you can imagine the competition it was up against at the time. In the 20 years I have had it I have never needed any structural work of any sort — and in fact the recent string buzzing that may have needed attention from a luthier disappeared when said luthier installed the Fishman! It’s only now that the nut need a bit of a file to stop the D string catching. I haven’t tried one yet, but I hope Fender build the new ones to this standard.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

  1. Name: Jack Roberts

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1973

  4. Price Paid: $450

  5. Performance

  6. Very good action and incredibly responsive after slightest truss rod adjustment. Very easy player. I was looking for a guitar for folk and bluegrass with a strong bass for rhythm. Couldn’t imagine a better one for one third the price of a Martin D28 repro. And it sounds more like a Gibson to me. Which I like better for back-up. The treble is well balanced with the bass.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Very clean. Loud bass. Strong for chords. A real sweet bassy feel though you may find a sweeter treble, it’s just fine for lead playing. The treble is very clean and I think soulful. Only a shade less than five.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. Pretty darn solid for a thirty year old guitar. It’s been played a lot but holds up under intense flatpicking. The finish is good but a little sloppy on the neck which is comfortable. On the whole, a well made guitar. This one was built in the Westport RI factory when Guild left CN in 1971. While I’ve been told that some of the Guild produced in 71 and 72 are a little shaky, this 73 sounds as good as an early sixties D45 I’ve played. If you can find one of these for under $600 - $700, you’ve got a steal. I was lucky that the seller was moving toward electric and had a Gibson too.

  13. Construction Rating: 8

  1. Name: John A. Fagerquist

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 1973

  4. Price Paid: -----

  5. Performance

  6. I find the action to be very good, and even though it has what I would call “cheese-eeeee” machines, they keep it in tune pretty well.

  7. Performance Rating: 8

  8. Sound Quality

  9. It has a very warm sound, possibly lacking on the high end, but extremely powerful on the lower. An E chord on this thing is nothing short of breath-taking, with some of the best sustain I’ve ever come across.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 8

  11. Construction

  12. I really have no complaints about the D35’s construction. It’s solid as rock. The neck is a bit fat for my hands, but nothing unbearable.

  13. Construction Rating: 6

I found more opinions by owners of this year/model here: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-291113.html

Keep us posted as to what you do, and if you do get it, please post pics!  Thanks, Edward

I have owned a D-35 (a1977) since 1979. They are basically stripped down D-40s. Mine is everything you want from a dread. Volume, big bass, glassy trebles and great playability. I have not researched one lately, so price, as is beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. In regard to my guitar I have been told by a long time musician, sound engineer and Petros guitar owner, "you don't need a Petros." (see: petrosguitars.com)

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