Considering a Guild F-40 jumbo

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Rock Lajoint, Jun 9, 2021.

  1. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Synchromatic

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    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    I'm in the market for a new Guild jumbo, the F-40 or maybe the 'Traditional' version are in the frame. Has anyone got any experience of them? I had been looking at Gibsons but I think the Guilds give more bang for buck.

    I play solo gigs and open mics - 50s r'n'r, country and other roots stuff. Currently playing a Martin DM, I want something with the strumming 'boom' but also suitable for finger picking.
     
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  2. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

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    I can't speak for the F-40 Traditional, but I have a D-40 Traditional, and absolutely love it. It's all subjective, of course, but for me, the neck is just right, the action was just right...if "felt" good, and sound-wise....it just makes me smile every time I play it.
     
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  3. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
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    Guilds can be a great bang for buck. Hoboken NJ or Westerly RI built. Many of them play very easy the neck feeling a lot like an electric. I've not had an F-40.
     
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    I have a '68 D-35. It'd be hard to find a better acoustic than a Guild.
     
  6. Groutsch

    Groutsch Gretschie

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    Jun 9, 2018
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    Try to get your hands on one for some firsthand experience. The old Guilds are highly regarded, so some people always recommend them, but the new ones are also good and are less likely to need their necks reset.

    You can get more info on the Let's Talk Guild forum.
     
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  7. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

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    After reading both Swivel's comment and Groutsch's comment, regarding old vs new and factory location, I wanted to clarify, mine is one of the new Oxnard, California models.... and again....it's been a wonderful guitar for the (roughly) 3 years I've had it.

    I've mentioned before, but my dream is to finally get a USA made Guild 12 string....but, at the moment, they are WAY out of my price point.....I've even heard good things about their Chinese made 12 strings...so.....if I finally decide that I can't swing a USA model, I may go for the import.....after playing my Gretsch 5420T, my opinion on import guitars has changed quite a bit. (I believe my next electric may very well be a Japanese made Gretsch Proline :) )
     
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  8. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

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    Is the envy and jealousy I felt when I saw your post wrong? Maybe....but I can't help myself... ;-)
     
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  9. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Synchromatic

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    Nov 16, 2014
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    The guitars I've been looking at are new Oxnard production. I say 'looking at' but I've only had hands on the regular F-40. In fact the F-40E, although I don't want the electronics it comes with. The Traditional model is too far to travel to try, also too close to my sister-in-law's house so I'd be forced to visit if I did do the journey. So I'd be taking a chance on buying that remotely and returning if unhappy, although I doubt that would be the case.

    This would be the most I've ever spent on a guitar, more even than my proline Gretsches.
    As I've been working from home for the last year, I've been putting my usual monthly train fare in a 'guitar slush' account and it's added up nicely.
     
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  10. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Synchromatic

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    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    OOH! I pulled the trigger! Guild F-40 Traditional.

    The prices went up significantly today on the other models I'd seen. I dunno if that's some sort of exchange rate thing. So I decided to take a chance before everything was bumped.

    Should be with me Monday. How Madame Lajoint will smile...
     
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  11. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

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    Very nice! I'll be interested to hear your opinion on it, after you've had a chance to play it a bit.
     
  12. guitarfarm

    guitarfarm Country Gent

    I have a 1974 F50R that plays beautifully and sounds like a grand piano. Very full, robust sound. Lots of projection. Body wise, it is very deep for an acoustic. Very good bang for the buck. Good luck with your search.

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  13. Misty Mountain Hop

    Misty Mountain Hop Gretschie

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    Feb 14, 2012
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    I love my 1978 F50. A lot of guitar and built like a tank, but awesome tone. Had to do a neck reset which is not uncommon nor cheap as Guilds are as I said, built like tanks….


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  14. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Synchromatic

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    Nov 16, 2014
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    F-40 Traditional arrived today. Oh My Lord what a sound! It doesn't 'boom' so much as 'rumble'!
     
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  15. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

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  16. Congrats on the guitar! Sadly i have not played many guild or even martins or Taylor acoustic. Probably a few more guilds than any. The ones i tried played well, but i am always looking for a well playing a cannon. Martin always comes to mind as they compete with those gibson cannon banjos. But i never thought about guilds for shear volume, and as one described it, rumble. I would like an acoustic that is so loud it rumbles.
     
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  17. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Congrats! I'm a big fan of the Guild Jumbos, wonderful guitars.

    Enjoy!
     
  18. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Nice! Congrats, looks like a loud guitar.
     
  19. gretschbigsby

    gretschbigsby Electromatic

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    chicago
    Congrats! Happy owner of a late 90's Westerly JF-30. Built like a tank, sounds awesome.
     
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