I just discovered your site...wow, very cool! I've been a fan of Guild Guitars since college. Guilds have a great resonance and voicing that no other guitar can match.
I presently own two. The first is a 1987 D-60 (from the Gruhn/Walker years). It's my all time fave instrument. I bought it used for a song, and didn't realize what it was for a long time. It just keeps sounding better and better!!
The second is a 1990 D-25 12. It's a huge body, a little difficult to handle for someone my size...but oh, the sound. It has the arched back, and such resonance from bass to treble. Sometimes I'm tempted to trade it on an easier-to-handle guitar, but no other brand that I've played can match the D-25's sound.
Love the site, love the discussion!!!
Love me some Guilds too Jack. Started with a 2001 Westerly F-47RCE.
I now also have an 1981 D-25M; a 1983 F-45CE; a 1999 F-47RCE; a 2007/08 CV-2C (Tacoma, WA); and a 2011 GAD-25 (China).
I have featured most of these at http://acousticpickers.blogspot.com/
Welcome to the site. Eric
P.S. Be sure to also check out letstalkguild.com if you have not already.
Hi Jack, great to meet you here in the AG Community! I own a 1980 JF2121XL, the one with the 17" wide body. I bought it new and ahven't had it out of my site until last year when it was stolen, but it was recovered (along with my Hofner Beatle bass). It has been my main stage 12 string since I bought it. It listed in 1980 for about a $1000 and I paid $800 for it and the case, a Hamilton hanging stand (which brand new at the time) and two new sets of strings. I also have a 1993 Guild JF30. I guess I am a sucker for big bodies! I keep the JF30 tuned down a whole step for covers like "Yesterday" by McCartney. My main stage 6 string is a Gibson J100. Looking forward to posting more Guild "stuff" here...
It's probably been covered in these threads at least 1000 times....but I'd like to hear your take on the Guild vs. Gibson thing. What are the high points and low points?
Even if it may have been covered here, I am always up for talking guitars!!!
I think that while they do have a minor sound/tone difference, the bigger difference is in the "feel". Playability is excellent on both to me, but the Guild does have a little heftier neck! Both my Guild JR30 and Gibson J100 extra are the same dimensions in terms of body size and depth and top woods...spruce. The Guild is an all maple body and the Gibson is mahogany back and sides. I think the Guild may be a little louder, but that's the maple "talking!" I use the Gibson as a main stage guitar and the Guild, as I said above, is tuned down a whole step with a custom string set. It has a wonderful clear, yet bassy tone (if that makes sense). I think the maple helps keep it clean and the lower tuned heavier strings give it the bass response. One of the things I love about my Guild JF212XL 12 string is the mahogany back and sides, which to me gives it a tone brighter than the rosewood on the more expensive models, but keeps the octave strings from sounding tinny. I string it with extra lights and keep it tuned to concert pitch, not worrying since it has two truss rods in the neck! I have a Martin D-28-12 12 string that is getting a neck reset as I type this and it will be tuned a whole step down too when I get it back and I can't wait to compare the sound with my Guild 12 Jumbo.
I have a Martin D-28 Dread and a Gibson J160E Dread, both the same size, but with different back and sides (Martin = rosewood and Gibson = mahogany) and they sound and play VERY, VERY different! The D-28 is great for both fingerpicking and flatpicking (of course), but the Gibson is really best for strumming with a flatpick. But, what I always say is "Big or small, I love them all!"
Here is the link to my website Guitar Gallery, just in case you are interested in more! Thanks, Edward
i started with a couple GADs, & had to sell them a couple years ago (i also had a Martin D18 which i kept)
the D18 met an untimely end, & when i went to replace it there was a choice i had: there was a similar-year
D18, & a 96 Guild DV6.after A/B-ing both of them, the clear winner was the Guild. Miles ahead as far as i was
concerned in both tone & playability. to this day its my only guitar, altho i would like another 12 string when
I have a jf3012. just checked out pricing for these and was shocked to find that in good condition they sell for more now then when I bought it 12 years ago. unfortunately mine is in very used condition. Does not matter because I would not sell it as the sound is just starting to become really sweet. I did not play it foa while as the bridge was was coming off but just had it reglued and wow it sounds sweet. My lutier also introduced me to 80/20 bronze to match the Maple.
Newly acquired F512.
I see your strap button is on the side above the neck. Is there a reason for this placement?
When my D125-12 is delivered I will post selfies of it.
If you want to see my Seagull check out my photos on my page.
It's a pretty cool box. 25th Anniversary Edition, Spruce and Mahogany, only about 1000 made mine is number 19. Sounds better than every new Martin I have played. Stays in tune for days. Makes me a big Seagull fan. Has LR Baggs passive iBeam Transducer which I really like. If I like this Guild half as much as I like my Seagull I will be as pleased as punch. Can ya tell I a little worried about this guitar?