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Comment by Antonio Cotichini on August 18, 2014 at 9:03am

Ok, I'll post this here... I would say something about the strings I'm using now and have some opinions, just if any of you guys and galls have ever tryed them. I've always used D'Addario Ph.Br. 13/56 (anyway... in the past 15 years). Recently I wantet to re-try 12/53 because I'm a little scared about top bulging (I know that no flat top guitar is really flat... but... lesser stress... lesser bulging!). I found the D'Addario EFT16 semi-flat Ph.Br. Well... my Guild D50 Bluegrass Special gained in sound quality as well as my Suzuki SDG40! The sound is warmer an mellow, without the typical buzzing in changing chords and sliding with my fingers. The only regret is the prize... almost doubled! Luckily I'm not a sweater hands, so they last long enough without breaking my wallet. Anybody knows/use these strings? Impressions? Thanks.

Comment by Elton Bloye on August 18, 2014 at 7:51am

Hi all. New to the group. I'm GASSIN for a F30rce, even though its a little over budget. But I see they don't make this model in the US anymore. You can get the F130rce, which is the new GAD model. Anyone know why they discontinued it? Anyone have one? 

Comment by ra harris on June 11, 2014 at 9:41am

I have a 1980 D-46 and a '63 M-20 -- a dreadnought and a parlor, built here in the US. Due to health issues I can only play small guitars now, and my other is a Martin VS-18 in perfect shape.  The M-20 is all banged up and such, but it's my go-to guitar.  Had a GAD 12-string and I didn't sell it because of sound -- it sounds great.  But whadda I know?! I'm but a wee lad among adults ;-)

Comment by Nick Caruso on June 11, 2014 at 8:26am
2011 F-212XL STD - 5.2 lbs
2013 D-55 with DTAR - 5.2 lbs.
2012 F-30 Aragon with DTAR - 4.2 lbs.

2011 F-47 RC with DTAR - 4.6 lbs.

To compare...

1972 Gibson J-40 - 4.2 lbs.

2003 Gibson J-200 - 4.8 lbs.

2001 Gibson Hummingbird - 4.8 lbs.

Comment by Kurt Chandler on June 11, 2014 at 6:56am

Do the Guild guitars from New Hartford weigh as much as the old Westerly RI Guild guitars? I saw someone saying they were very light. I had just recently read about why they needed to be so heavy was to make the sides heavy and stiff, so that only the top projects the sound, which also explains why my Westerly Guilds have rounded backs, to make them project better

Comment by Dave G on June 11, 2014 at 5:24am
Good to hear, Nick.
Comment by Nick Caruso on June 11, 2014 at 4:25am

The Guilds coming out of New Hartford are exceptional. I just took possession of #3 and #4 last week. My 2013 Guild D-55 is hands-down the best acoustic guitar I've played. Folks from the Let's Talk Guild site who have a lot more experience with older Guilds than  I do also love them. I hope Cordoba maintains (or builds on) the quality of the brand.

Comment by Dave G on June 10, 2014 at 7:56pm

Interesting to know that my first guitar, bought for me by my teacher, the great Buddy Merrill, was a Guild offshoot.  Didn't know at the time Orpheum was a Guild product, but I was only 15 in '65.  The rest of my Guilds were Hoboken born and eventually I bumped up (?) to the old Gibsons and Martins I now attach myself to.  It's sad to see any transformation out of true craftsmanship for the sake of affordability, but it's in keeping with the principles of what's going on these days in America.

My advice, if you have the do-re-mi, is to buy those old Hoboken Guilds and stash 'em.  I feel lucky to have had my share.  The new versions will never sound as good.

Comment by Kurt Chandler on June 10, 2014 at 7:19pm

I don't know much about the new Guilds. Both of my Guild guitars were built in Westerly RI before the Fender takeover. I have an F5CE  built in 1996 and a JF30 12 string built in 1993. Both are very nicely built great sounding guitars. They are heavier than other brands. I am not sure whether that has anything to do with the tone or volume or not. I have several Gibson guitars, and love their tone. Even with the company changes and manufacturing location moving from Kalamazoo to Bozeman Montana they try to make the new ones just like the originals, keeping tradition alive.  Why Fender didn't choose to do that after they bought Guild puzzles me. My guess is that most the changes are cost cutting measures to reduce hands on time and associated labor costs. That is common to all companies. Why the new ones are lighter puzzles me. My guess is saving the cost of materials. Cutting material costs troubles me, because the woods selected directly relate to tone, as well as durability.

Comment by Bob Crain on June 10, 2014 at 5:57pm

Ted...no new guitar made today is going to be the same as guitars made 20, 40, 60, 80 years ago...no matter the name they put on it. Things change and nothing we can do about it and whilst I agree with you to a point I also think that it is good to retain the "family name" in some manner least Guild be forgotten entirely. Hang on to the old ones because the new ones will never be the same.

 

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