« Guild Guild D-55 »Publié le 12/06/02 à 15:00
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.
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