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IMHO, the quality of the Guild GAD series, Walden guitars, and Eastman guitars are all very high for the price you pay and a Chinese-made instrument... :-)
Ron - is your Guild a GAD D-150?
The GAD series (all-solid-wood, Chinese made) are really nice - I've played a 12 string or 2, a dread, and the M-120 - http://www.guildguitars.com/instruments/details/?partno=3818100821 - which is my favorite of the ones I've played. However, I have yet to play the F-130 or 130R - http://www.guildguitars.com/instruments/details/?partno=3810210821 - http://www.guildguitars.com/instruments/details/?partno=3810310821 - both have a 1 3/4" nut width - I might already have captured an M-120 if it wasn't 1 11/16" at the nut... ;-)
I am not sure exactly what type of Guilds these were one got picked up for $150 and the other $300 by 2 different guys. I played one of them but didn't really inspect it...suspect they were both Chinese made but the one I played was really smooth and sounded great full dreadnaught no cut away, the other is a cut away and the guy plays it on stage and it sounds great. Unfortunately I am not allowed to talk about my Guild here because it is only a semi-acoustic .... '62 Starfire .... red....don't tell anybody, there are some photos on my website www.bobcrain.com.au.
Thanks Bob, I have owned a couple of Taylor's but they just didn't do it for me but when I strummed the D-150 I was honestly amazed by the sound and the action right off the wall. The owner did mention that he does adjust his guitars if need be but not this one. I have always been a huge Dreadnought fan ever since I first saw Hank Williams Martin on an album cover a few short years ago. (50)
Congratulations Ron....lately I have heard of 2 (now 3) people getting incredible deals on Guilds both from closing down sales....always pays to keep your eyes open in the guitar shop. I have never been terribly impressed with Taylors lots of people swear by them and maybe I have just never played a good one but they don't feel or sound good to me.
Ron,I still have my 74' D-25. Its in semi retirement. Always lookin for a good deal though. I'm sure you'll enjoy many years on your D150. All my favorite guitars started with that same enthusiasm.
My friend and I went to the local music store to try out their new line of Taylor guitars. We tried half a dozen but nothing really stood out, I agree they are good guitars but too pricey for me. Just before we left I spied a nice looking Dread on the wall, it was a Guild D-150, I took it down and gave it a good test drive, I was amazed at the sound and the action on this guitar. Looking at the price I was sure it was solid spruce top with laminated Rosewood back and sides, to my surprise it was solid Rosewood back and sides, priced at $749.99.
This quality of this acoustic cannot be found for this price but I found one and I had to have it. After talking to the store owner and asking for the seniors best price I walked out with my D-150 for $700 total, tax included. Ask me why I am so happy today. O yes, I had never played a Guild before and now I'm a proud owner. PTL
Yeah plenty of new reissued ones available, note they are mostly cutaways....they didn't do that in the '60s. The original models had what they call a "tone bar" which was a brass or bronze bar which went through the body of the guitar and was visible in the sound hole..... I want one of those. Played on in New York and should have bought it there and then....but the divorce would have been costly..... I can just see you in an Elvis Tribute Band.
Bob, funny you should mention this kind of guitar and Elvis. I actually use to play lead guitar in an Elvis impersontor's band way back when. We even did "Clambake", I'm so very sorry to say. But it all was during the "disco" hey day and he got gigs steady during those lean club years. Here's one I just say on ebay...
Clambake Fender Kingman
Whilst any of you are trolling around the guitars for sale sites if you see a 1960's vintage Fender Kingman for sale please let me know I am interested in getting my hands on one and no I am not doing an Elvis impersonation show.
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