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  • Good Guild are back

    Guild D55Publié le 11/14/14 à 02:45
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    Notice to the public: I posted this notice in the twisted section Guild D55 50th Anniversary in December 2013. I just noticed the error in trying to add a word. So I rectified. Sorry.
    December 2013:
    Ovation in manufacturing in the workshop of New Hartford, Connecticut US.
    Fender after the purchase of the brand closed the traditional workshop Guild located in Westerly, Rhode Island.
    After trying to locate the assembly in the workshop of Corona, California, Fender finally after the acquisition of the parent company Kaman Ovation, referred the matter back on the East Coast.
    So it's serious and quality workshops Guild, given to the top with Martin's in year 60 is still there.

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    Notice to the public: I posted this notice in the twisted section Guild D55 50th Anniversary in December 2013. I just noticed the error in trying to add a word. So I rectified. Sorry.
    December 2013:
    Ovation in manufacturing in the workshop of New Hartford, Connecticut US.
    Fender after the purchase of the brand closed the traditional workshop Guild located in Westerly, Rhode Island.
    After trying to locate the assembly in the workshop of Corona, California, Fender finally after the acquisition of the parent company Kaman Ovation, referred the matter back on the East Coast.
    So it's serious and quality workshops Guild, given to the top with Martin's in year 60 is still there.

    Caisse Rosewood, spruce top, mahogany neck, ebony buttons inlaid with pearl two-tone. Very classic but very well done. Impeccable polish. Golden GOTOH lifts.

    UTILIZATION

    Handle relatively thin (as often with Guild) is a Dreadnought see
    https://fr.audiofanzine.com/guitare-folk-western/editorial/dossiers/choisir-sa-guitare-acoustique-folk.html
    So it sounds but it is cumbersome.
    Flawless mechanics.
    Detail, it takes a perfect match for weeks without broaching: this is a sign.

    SOUNDS

    December 2013
    Deep bass and treble elegant, this is a sign of high skyscraper in range of Folk Guild. If I had to describe it: balance.
    In Rhythmic is perfect and deep bass picking is a delight as soon as we know modulate growth.
    Originally it is mounted with a heavy pulling, so fingers hurt at first, then got used to it. You must play to hear opening. This is for me the type of Folk of the 60s and 70s. Never loud, we did not get enough.

    Added November 2014: Beware of changing strings. The original strings have an excellent record on the instrument which is not the case with other strings (Eg. Ernie Ball). Unfortunately, it seems difficult to find in France - (Strings, Guild® M-450C Standard Tension Coated Phosphor Bronze, Gauges .056-013). According to the forums on the subject, John Pearse 700M Medium are great too, the D'Addario phosphor bronze phosphor bronze or Elixir Nanoweb in the same draft should do the trick. Avoid pulling down the guitar like being in detention.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I pampered for a two years, it is always good to play it and it's even better. I'm going up in a microwave.
    The price is more than adequate for the quality of the instrument, especially compared to a Martin of the same level.
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  • Guild D55

    Guild D55Publié le 08/13/04 à 15:00
    i was given this guitar by my grand ma afore she passed. And I'm thinkin she paid alot fo it cause she did'nt eat much afta she gave it to me.

    I like this guitar cause it just keeps on tickin. I broke a few strings, but she still sounds great. It was them tiny strings that broke. I dont much care for the way they sound any way. Also, my dog... she chewed the neck part a lil and that ol guitar just keeps on soundin real good

    I cant think a much I dont like. Maybe they could make all the strings fat so they dont break so easy

    this guitar is built like a brick s..t housse if ya get my drift. Sometimes i leave it out overnight and the top got a lil lumpy but she still plays great

    ya......
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    i was given this guitar by my grand ma afore she passed. And I'm thinkin she paid alot fo it cause she did'nt eat much afta she gave it to me.

    I like this guitar cause it just keeps on tickin. I broke a few strings, but she still sounds great. It was them tiny strings that broke. I dont much care for the way they sound any way. Also, my dog... she chewed the neck part a lil and that ol guitar just keeps on soundin real good

    I cant think a much I dont like. Maybe they could make all the strings fat so they dont break so easy

    this guitar is built like a brick s..t housse if ya get my drift. Sometimes i leave it out overnight and the top got a lil lumpy but she still plays great

    ya gotta get one of these great guitars.
    afore they dont sell em no more I really love mine. wish I new more bout that finger pickin stuff.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Guild D-55

    Guild D55Publié le 07/15/03 à 15:00
    I've owned and sold four of these since 1974. The first one cost me $750 and was purchased in Studio City CA. The last one cost $1800.

    In a word, everything. I won't repeat the other reviewer's comments because they're all accurate, but I do have one qualification to add.

    Up until the late-1970's Guild produced some of their D-55s (not all) using pre-CITES, Bahia-region Brazilian rosewood. This is the "inky-black spider vein" wood that was eventually logged out of existence in Brazil. These D-55s had bass, sustain and harmonics that were just short of supernatural. In comparison, the current Indian rosewood D-55s are still excellent, but nowhere near the same.

    I have fairly big......
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    I've owned and sold four of these since 1974. The first one cost me $750 and was purchased in Studio City CA. The last one cost $1800.

    In a word, everything. I won't repeat the other reviewer's comments because they're all accurate, but I do have one qualification to add.

    Up until the late-1970's Guild produced some of their D-55s (not all) using pre-CITES, Bahia-region Brazilian rosewood. This is the "inky-black spider vein" wood that was eventually logged out of existence in Brazil. These D-55s had bass, sustain and harmonics that were just short of supernatural. In comparison, the current Indian rosewood D-55s are still excellent, but nowhere near the same.

    I have fairly big fingers so I would have preferred a slightly wider nut, but I've adjusted to it over the years.

    What can be said? It's very close to perfect. Guild recently produced an anniversary edition of the D-55 (50 units) in Brazilian rosewood, and if I had $6000 to spend right now I'd definitely try and get one of them.

    It's an outstanding guitar. Every time I come across a vintage D-55 I get this nauseous feeling in my gut. My first D-55 was made from Brazilian rosewood, and I was forced to sell it because of money problems just a few years after I bought it. As superficial as it sounds, that's probably the biggest regret of my entire life. I really loved that guitar.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Guild D-55

    Guild D55Publié le 04/24/03 à 15:00
    I bought this Guild D-55 in 1971 for $500 because my friend who bought it new for $600 didn't like the sound. Of course it wans't broken in yet you clod!

    Well here it is the year 2003 and I've been playing this guitar since. Since I am a finger picker this guitar is in imaaculate condition. The action, tone, resonance and harmonics of this beautiful crafted guitar is beyond description. You have to play one to experience the wonderful sound of this machine. This guitar is like toal heaven on earth.

    Not a thing.

    From 1968 through 1972 this guitar was a special made order only. Because of it's popularity it was then put into mass production. I believe this was a special time to buy......
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    I bought this Guild D-55 in 1971 for $500 because my friend who bought it new for $600 didn't like the sound. Of course it wans't broken in yet you clod!

    Well here it is the year 2003 and I've been playing this guitar since. Since I am a finger picker this guitar is in imaaculate condition. The action, tone, resonance and harmonics of this beautiful crafted guitar is beyond description. You have to play one to experience the wonderful sound of this machine. This guitar is like toal heaven on earth.

    Not a thing.

    From 1968 through 1972 this guitar was a special made order only. Because of it's popularity it was then put into mass production. I believe this was a special time to buy this guitar because they were rare at that time and I believe the makers took extra care to make such a fine instrument. I will never sell this guitar. I will take it to my grave and be jamming with Elvis in heaven with it.

    Anyone who buys a Guild instrument will not be disatisfied. You are buying a masterpiece that will only increase in value over the years. The sound only gets better. Jamm On!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Guild D55

    Guild D55Publié le 04/04/03 à 14:00
    I purchased this guitar brand new through a friend who works for Fender.
    I got the "inside" price - and let's just say that I got a sweet deal.
    Normally, these list for $2600.00, street price is around $1700.00.

    This was THE guitar I lusted after for years. I would try other guitars here and there,
    but none matched the quality, resonance and feel of this D55. I was finally able
    to purchase a nice Corona made sunburst rosewood model and I've been in guitar heaven ever since!

    Nothing - everything is great. Oh, well, the hardshell case is first rate, but I wish Guild
    stuck to their older arched Guild embossed hardshell cases...the new Corona cases
    are simply black. The logo would have......
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    I purchased this guitar brand new through a friend who works for Fender.
    I got the "inside" price - and let's just say that I got a sweet deal.
    Normally, these list for $2600.00, street price is around $1700.00.

    This was THE guitar I lusted after for years. I would try other guitars here and there,
    but none matched the quality, resonance and feel of this D55. I was finally able
    to purchase a nice Corona made sunburst rosewood model and I've been in guitar heaven ever since!

    Nothing - everything is great. Oh, well, the hardshell case is first rate, but I wish Guild
    stuck to their older arched Guild embossed hardshell cases...the new Corona cases
    are simply black. The logo would have been nice.

    AAA solid spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge,
    abalone and mother of pearl inlays on the neck and rosette. First rate quality
    materials and construction. This thing is solid and heavy - a tank. The playibility and
    neck, however, are smooth and rich and easy to fret. The smell - it's dark, nutty and woody -
    real wood here! Everything is awesome about this guitar!

    The best guitar for the money on the planet. It outbooms Martins, Larrivees and higher end
    guitar makers like Santa Cruz and Collings. The D55 is a warrior and the thick, smooth
    and resonant sound of this thing when it plays is wonderful. I can't say enough good things
    about this precious Guild D55!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Guild Guild D-55

    Guild D55Publié le 12/06/02 à 15:00
    MARS going-out-of-business sale $1199.00
    with Hard Shell Case

    The D-55 is the Dreadnaught equal to my 30 year old Guild F-50R. The Inlay pattern on fingerboard is identical as is the binding around the fingerboard and headstock. The Look is distinctive and clean. The D-55 has
    Abolane inlay around the sound hole where as the older Guilds do not. Martin is the "touchstone" by which all acoustics are measured and in this respect the Guild holds-up well in quality and sound, though the classic Martin "Bell Clean" highs are not as well pronounced as the mids, the sustain is equal. The depth of the mids are good but still not quite the same as the Martins in the 40's series - but then again......
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    MARS going-out-of-business sale $1199.00
    with Hard Shell Case

    The D-55 is the Dreadnaught equal to my 30 year old Guild F-50R. The Inlay pattern on fingerboard is identical as is the binding around the fingerboard and headstock. The Look is distinctive and clean. The D-55 has
    Abolane inlay around the sound hole where as the older Guilds do not. Martin is the "touchstone" by which all acoustics are measured and in this respect the Guild holds-up well in quality and sound, though the classic Martin "Bell Clean" highs are not as well pronounced as the mids, the sustain is equal. The depth of the mids are good but still not quite the same as the Martins in the 40's series - but then again - the price difference is quite remarkable being that the Craftmanship [ fit and finish ] is in the same plane. Medium strings seem to give much better voicing to any Dreadnaught and will play equally as well as lights with proper set-up. With Guitars is this range, it is wise to have a good luthier do the set-up rather than the "Neighborhood Music Store". The case fit is good and snug and is very sturdy. The Guild "Sound" is more cutting than Martin [ which tends to be very warm, rounded, and balanced ] and has more tendency to accent the low to mid range at the expense of the "Bell Tones" of the highs as one would find in the Martin 40's. Guild has been around a long time and will continue under Fender - which is no slouch in the electric field - Right, Eric ? By the way - Eric Clapton was pictured on the front of a Guild publication in the early 70's playing an F-50 Maple.

    Clean lines , great projection, sustain and voicing give the D-55 a place in the Market. Value is in the eye of the player.
    The Quality is there and the country segment has been taking notice and "Taking it to the Street" and on stage almost everywhere. Guild is a great price break for professional quality guitars.

    Construction and quality are excellant.

    Before you drop the " Big Bucks " , you owe it to yourself to at least sit down with one and play it a while. You might walk away with a new axe - a big smile on your face and some cash left in your pocket.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Guild D55

    Guild D55Publié le 11/22/02 à 15:00
    While searching for an upgraded guitar to buy, I asked the salesman which would he want to play. He went straight for the Guild D55. I asked why that one and not one of the over $4,000 Martins. He began to play, and I began to see why. Beautiful. I bought it on sale for $1899 and got an additional $190 instant cash back rebate from a Fender rep. who was promoting Fender stuff.

    It's sound is amazing! The tone, the sustain, the volume are all way better than any of the Martins in the store or any other guitar in the shop, many of which were much more expensive. The workmanship is flawless, it is a very striking guitar. I got the antique sunburst. I can't say enough about how great this......
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    While searching for an upgraded guitar to buy, I asked the salesman which would he want to play. He went straight for the Guild D55. I asked why that one and not one of the over $4,000 Martins. He began to play, and I began to see why. Beautiful. I bought it on sale for $1899 and got an additional $190 instant cash back rebate from a Fender rep. who was promoting Fender stuff.

    It's sound is amazing! The tone, the sustain, the volume are all way better than any of the Martins in the store or any other guitar in the shop, many of which were much more expensive. The workmanship is flawless, it is a very striking guitar. I got the antique sunburst. I can't say enough about how great this thing sounds, and it is a joy to play. Great action with an easy playing neck. It also feels just right when held.

    What I don't like is that I'm taking a small chance on Fender's Corona, CA factory. The rep. present said they took some wheight out of the thing at the headstock and other places, and I really hope it proves to be as sturdy as the original Guilds. Time will tell, but obviously I have enough faith to plunk down my hard earned cash! It is VERY well made. I think Fender is trying really hard to live up to the Guild legacy, the attention to detail and the sound shows it.

    I have to say the guitar is flawless! I went over it with a fine tooth comb and I was happy to find it made so well. The fit, finish and craftsmanship are above what I expected. I live in AZ where the humidity ranges from 12% to 30%-pretty low for a guitar. Guild's tank like reputation appealed to me, as well as it's sound. Like I said, time will tell how sturdy it is, but it seems stronger than the other makes I looked at by a long shot.

    I really love this guitar. It is gorgeous to look at, a pleasure to hold and play, and it sounds fantastic. A full well ballanced tone that is rich and bright at the same time. How do they do that? I could swear there are ghosts inside the way it sustains. I know I'm gushing, but hey, I'm in love. I got an awesome guitar for about half the price of anything that sounds close to this one. It blows other brands at this price out of the water.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Guild D55

    Guild D55Publié le 08/22/02 à 15:00
    I recently purchased this guitar at Carpenter's House of Music in Hagerstown, MD. I've owned a Guild D40 for several years and wanted to move up to a rosewood dreadnaught. Paid $1400 w/ hardshell case.

    This D55 was made in the Westerly, RI factory. It's extremely well balanced, with punchy bass, solid mids, and bell ringing highs. The ebony fretboard is smooth, and the tone is really outstanding. The bass response of the D55 just knocks me out. This guitar is one of the last ones built in Westerly.

    There isn't anything I don't like about this guitar.

    Guild has been making this model
    since 1968 and it remains their top of the line dreadnaught. AAA Sitka Spruce top, rosewood back......
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    I recently purchased this guitar at Carpenter's House of Music in Hagerstown, MD. I've owned a Guild D40 for several years and wanted to move up to a rosewood dreadnaught. Paid $1400 w/ hardshell case.

    This D55 was made in the Westerly, RI factory. It's extremely well balanced, with punchy bass, solid mids, and bell ringing highs. The ebony fretboard is smooth, and the tone is really outstanding. The bass response of the D55 just knocks me out. This guitar is one of the last ones built in Westerly.

    There isn't anything I don't like about this guitar.

    Guild has been making this model
    since 1968 and it remains their top of the line dreadnaught. AAA Sitka Spruce top, rosewood back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge, grover tuners, three piece- mahogany/maple/mahogany neck. Beautiful abalone fret markers and rosette. Classic and elegant looking. Interior is scallop bracing and neatly put together.

    I've owned Gibsons (used 1963 Hummingbird)played a Martin (D35)in the late 60's, but didn't purchase my first guild until 1989. For a hand made factory guitar, the D55 will hang with any of the custom mades. The Guild personality is characterized by a surprising tonal range, a gut busting bass response and its built like a Mac truck with singing gears.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Guild D55Publié le 01/27/07 à 08:21
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    Made in the United States

    UTILIZATION

    Channel comfortable for an acoustic
    through access to acute because of the lack of cutaway
    its enormous, impossible to take another skyscraper after this one

    SOUNDS

    I play blues and it makes no problem, this skyscraper is as sensitive as my 335 GIBSON, go all the nuances including ghost ratings, toout with the volume and balance incredible, and what low
    impossible to less than 100 in 10 Note, that is largely at a luthier from scratch or a big Gibson see above for Gibsons

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 1 month (thank you papa noel)

    what I like most .... ALL finishing the game its not easy to sort ...
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    Made in the United States

    UTILIZATION

    Channel comfortable for an acoustic
    through access to acute because of the lack of cutaway
    its enormous, impossible to take another skyscraper after this one

    SOUNDS

    I play blues and it makes no problem, this skyscraper is as sensitive as my 335 GIBSON, go all the nuances including ghost ratings, toout with the volume and balance incredible, and what low
    impossible to less than 100 in 10 Note, that is largely at a luthier from scratch or a big Gibson see above for Gibsons

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 1 month (thank you papa noel)

    what I like most .... ALL finishing the game its not easy to sort
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  • Guild D55Publié le 10/18/07 à 08:41
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    Guild D 55 United States

    UTILIZATION

    Channel agable enough, but it will be nine high enough to settle a
    no pan coupbr /> good shape and holding enjoyable balance of the fund on the leg
    I am not DSOL the "sound" of my normment no bass no sound projection
    her silent little too new to be but in any case I sold away and I just received a Martin D35 and it's frankly poustouflant the sound is remarkable what guitar! I recommend it for same price range

    SOUNDS

    Very hard to say because with a scratch that does not sound it
    very difficult to play his style

    I like the bass and especially the projection none of this on the guild dsolbr /> otherwise it is very beautiful...
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    Guild D 55 United States

    UTILIZATION

    Channel agable enough, but it will be nine high enough to settle a
    no pan coupbr /> good shape and holding enjoyable balance of the fund on the leg
    I am not DSOL the "sound" of my normment no bass no sound projection
    her silent little too new to be but in any case I sold away and I just received a Martin D35 and it's frankly poustouflant the sound is remarkable what guitar! I recommend it for same price range

    SOUNDS

    Very hard to say because with a scratch that does not sound it
    very difficult to play his style

    I like the bass and especially the projection none of this on the guild dsolbr /> otherwise it is very beautiful violin making is impeccable

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have kept and sold 8 days
    It caused my normment
    -My first was a Martin D1 then I had a Taylor 414 CE not satisfied either c'tait better than the guild but not low and the system of blowing terribly prampli
    Guild D 55 then and now this morning the Martin D 35 I wanted to test other high-end guitar and I came back to Martin
    Quality-price ratio hard to tell reading above
    - I do not refer this choice more than taylor and guild
    I keep my Martin D35 plus she is very beautiful but her!
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