Back in the late '70's and early 80's, Connecticut had a lot of player's using Guild acoustic guitar's.
The folky clubs were filled with them....
Heck yeah! What's not to like. Never owned one yet but played a few both old and new and they were great sounding and playing guitars.I have heard many, many good things about Guild acoustic guitars and thought I might need some help.
A lot of them are very very expensive, but some of the cheapest I have seen are somewhere between $400 and $600. That's a decent enough price.
Martin and Ovation also make some pretty good 12 string acoustic guitars. Guild is also pretty good on basses, electric guitars and acoustic 12 string guitars.
I just love the shimmering, shimmering sound of 12 strings. The strings harmonize very well. Very flatwound sounding strings.
Part of the reason why I want a Guild 12 string acoustic is because Roger Hodgson of Supertramp uses them on his solo tours. He must really like Guild instruments. Tom Petty, Peter Cetera, David Gilmour and Stevie Ray Vaughan also used to play Guild back when they had 12 string guitars.
I currently own a First Act Acoustic guitar (which has 2 strings broken off of it, so I guess it can now be converted to a 4 string acoustic tenor guitar.)
I also own a natural finish Epiphone J200 acoustic guitar that I received from my mother as a Christmas present. My friend Ben also owns an Epiphone J200 acoustic guitar. I've heard that Guild acoustic guitars are better played with a natural finish, but I have also seen black and sunburst colored guitars.
If you agree that I should ask my parents for a Guild acoustic guitar for Christmas, please let me know. I have an acoustic amp. A few instrument stores in my city carry Guild guitars. I really wish that Fender still owned the rights to the Guild brand, because I thought that Fender did a pretty good job distributing the sales of Guild guitars. And Guild 12 strings are less expensive than Guild 6 strings.
And if you have any pictures of a Guild guitar, I'd like to see them.
Some of the old Guilds are very expensive. Like the F30 I used to have. They’ve become pretty collectible. I’d like to try one of the new ones sometime.I have had opportunity to play older Guilds, both 6-and 12-string jumbos, (I played them in the early 90s, but actual vintage unknown) and they were both spectacular instruments. Given the apparent under-valued nature on the used market they definitely bear consideration if you're searching for a nice Guild.
If a great-sounding 12-string is actually what you desire, I own an MIK Takamine 12-string jumbo that I really enjoy. If I had to complain, a) the batteries don't seem to last very long, but that might just be because I don't actually plug it in much, and b) the thing is LOUD. Most of my buddies use 'stage acoustics' these days, thin bodies, small tops, expected to be amplified, and my Jumbo 12 can easily "drown out" 3 of them.
I am currently reeeeeally GASing one for the new Guild 8-string Baritones. I have yet to get my actual hands on one, but if it can provide half the experience of the Taylor at a quarter of the price, I'll be a happy lad, indeed. My local is expecting delivery soon.