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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Sid Nitzerglobin, May 2, 2021.
Congrats on that one, that color has made me swoon and pine a bit for one. Enjoy!
Have a happy, and a great new guitar day! Enjoy!
These look like a really cool thing, congrats and Happy Birthday Sid.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday!
Thanks for the congrats & HBDs everyone!
It wound up arriving early enough this afternoon that I had time to swing by the shop & swap the stock .011-.049 strings, bridge, vibrato spring & strap buttons & do an initial pass at setting her up. There was some semi-major drama when the head on the front strap button screw stripped & I wound up having to cut the head off & spend ~ a half hour extracting the remains w/ a needle nose channel lock, but nothing too major went wrong in that process so I'll count myself lucky
Grabbed a multitude of pics as well:
They seem to have upped their case game compared to the one for my Newark Street Aristocrat. Still not quite as nice of hinges, clasps, & fit & finish as a TKL, but the tolex looks nice & seems like it will be a good bit more durable:
I've only got ~45 minutes in w/ it so far, but initial impression is I'm gonna love this one I'll update once I get to properly put it through its paces.
Yummy, I feel all tingly inside!
Damn beautiful, second best G brand. Congrats.
That's really nice.....I always say that Guild's deserve more love.....I've got a D-40 Traditional acoustic and I love it more every day...... and my dream guitar is a USA Guild 12 string... I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.
Wow, that looks sharp. ¡Felicidades!
What are the pickups? Do they call them Dyna-Sonics, or DeArmond 2000, or what?
For the update: so far so good, seems like a veritable rockabilly/spaghetti/surf-y tone machine & seems to excel at swanky jazz sounds for me as well so far. Seems really inspiring to play acoustically for me too w/ a very warm sound from the player's perspective & seems a bit quieter than the couple other full size archtops I've got (Epi ES175 Premium & '57 Streamliner). It winds up a good bit brighter & louder when you're hearing someone else play it however.
Output of the Dynas seems fairly low, maybe a bit higher than the HiLo set in my 6119-1962HT & a bit lower than the Dyna in the Streamliner , but w/ a boost they work very well for me for edge of breakup into the fairly clean-ish amps at conversational volume. Who knows when I'll get to use it in a band setting, but so far it seems surprisingly resistant to feedback at a decent volume w/ some moderate gain involved. It's definitely a big guitar & my right shoulder winds up complaining some after ~45 minutes - an hour of playing it seated but the experience of playing it is well worth the minor discomfort for me.
Aside from them leaving the nut fairly square edged & tall, I'm finding the whole thing to be really well executed. I think the thing I keep marveling at the most is what a great job they did on the fretboard & inlays. The dynamic color from the refracted light playing against the arches & curves is a thing of beauty as well.
They're the new-ish DeArmond Dynasonics. They seem a bit lower output than the one in my Streamliner but compare pretty favorably otherwise to my ears so far.
I absolutely love my Guild 12-strings! I have six including a Starfire, ‘69 F112, ‘64 F212, ‘75 F312 & ‘70 F512. The Starfire is newer, but duplicates one I played in the mid ‘60s. (I replaced it when I was in MY mid ‘60s... lol) The photo is of the F12 and F312.
Sure does look even better in your photos. That blue pops really nicely!
I may have already told this story....but, back in the early 90's, a year or so after I graduated from college, a buddy of mine came up to visit for a few days, and we went over to Vermont and happened upon this music store that used to be on Church Street (if memory serves)......they had a fair number of various acoustics....I had been kind of window shopping for one.....I tried several....then saw their 12 strings.....
They had some really nice ones, I recognized the Martin name as being a very well respected brand....and tried it out.....it was...ok....really nice, actually....but...it didn't really do anything for me....I tried a few others (some names I recognized, some I didn't)....and then saw a Guild.....I picked it up and strummed a chord on it.....and, I did you not, there were probably 4 other people in the shop, plus my buddy who was looking around...and EVERYONE's head turned right to me (well...to the Guild, actually, lol)...
My buddy, was a lefty, so couldn't play it.....but he watched as I sat with that guitar for probably 10-15 minutes.....I looked at the price, and it was $1200....which, for me, at that time, it may just as well have been $12,000....I couldn't afford it, or I'd have walked out with it that day.
But....nearly 30 years later....my buddy and I STILL talk about that guitar....
I don't know what model it was...if it was a USA or import (not sure what $1200 would have bought back then).....but it was one magical guitar.
Ever since then, I've wanted a 12 string....but ONLY a Guild will do......and in my dreams, a USA model....but, I might have to be realistic and get their mid-line import model, which is supposed to be pretty nice, as well.
Yours look fantastic.....
Where are these currently being produced?
They're made in Korea, I believe at the Samick factory.
Congrats on a very generous birthday gift.
I usually get some socks or a tie.
Congrats and enjoy.
Beautiful guitar. My knees are weak!