Guild 55 vs Martin D28

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hey, Bill! You still hanging out here? Can't you think of ANYTHING better to do?

    It was and is a '71 D-28, and it's mine. '71 was a great year: all of the sound of a sixties Martin and none of the grossly inflationary collector cachet.

    I could use another amp camp. I got started on my first build last year and am in a rut so deep daylight is just a slender sliver of blue high above me.

    But you'll be glad to know we got a new set of smoke detectors - including one for the basement for when I'm soldering!
     
  2. Bill Ashton

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    I will agree, you have to buy the best as it sounds to you, playing as well as feel.

    I had a Collings D2H, very much the best guitar that I had ever had my hands on. My opinion, build-quality way better than Martin. However I just couldn't get on with the neck. I tried and I tried, got to the point it was my best guitar to look at but I just could not enjoy playing it. It was my problem, not the Collings, just a stunning guitar.

    At Kaufman Kamp last June a vendor had a Huss & Dalton TD-R "Pilgrim" at his display. Love at first sight. I don't even like the looks of torrified guitars. But I had sold the D2H and a Guild F512 (another I loved to look at but just couldn't get into playing...my problem) and SWMBO'd said "Put it on your credit card." GAWD, I love that woman! :):):D Its the guitar that I always pick up now...

    But this brings us back to, GET THE ONE THAT SOUNDS GOOD AND FEELS GOOD TO YOU!

    PS: And though very much a zombie-thread, Charlie, SET UP THAT WORKSHOP! :D

    PSS: I must add another thought. Very much comes down to what style of music you are playing...singer/songwriter, fingerpicker, the Guild D55 should be on your short list...bluegrass? Unless its maybe the D-50 or DV-52, not the best choice...too "balanced" a tone.

    And yet another: BIG difference between an HD-28 and D-28, mostly due to the shaved braces in the HD-28 and the straight braces in the D-28. Each is good, but you have to decide what you are looking for...both are bluegrass guitars. If you hafta, hafta have a "strummer," look at the D35...but still try out a Guild ;)
     
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  3. Charlie Bernstein

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    The Guild. Short of a booteek handmade instrument, the D-55 is as good as a flattop gets. To me, Guilds play, sound, and look better than the other major brands.

    Comparing flattops to electrics:

    - A Martin flattop is like a Les Paul: balanced, full-ranged
    - A Gibson flattop is like an ES-335: loud, resonant
    - A Taylor flattop is like a Paul Reed Smith: stylish, predictable
    - A Guild flattop is like a Tele: twangy, expressive

    Since TDPRI is Teleland, you're probably a Tele person. The Guild and you would get along great.

    And keep in mind that Martin and Gibson make you pay for their names!
     
  4. Charlie Bernstein

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    Yikes! Fell for it again! A 2011 thread! That I've already answered.

    Sheesh . . . .
     
  5. Bill Ashton

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    Did he ever tell us what he bought?

    ...and Charlie, still waitin' on that Amp Clinic ;)
     
  6. Harry Styron

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    Every time I hear people playing those amplified dreadnaughts, I wonder why they don't choose different guitars. There is no excuse for all that booming and muddy bass. My Gibson slope shouldered J-50, my Guild F-47, and many other guitars are just as loud on the middle and high strings, without the blurry boom. Martin's non-dreads are great also.
     
  7. Charlie Bernstein

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    That amp clinic was so far over my head I couldn't even see it!

    The D-28 is gone. Decided the Guild is my Forever guit. That plus two mandos, two resos, three electrics, and a brace of harps keep me busy enough.

    Still trainspotting?
     
  8. Bill Ashton

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    Charlie, reading over all these posts I seem to have missed it, you have a Guild? Good for you! Love my New Hartford D55, feel it's better than the Tacoma-build I started with, have to put it in will for my son, LOL.

    Haven't chased trains in a long time, though not disinterested, wife and I have been on a few short-line trips plus one long Amtrak voyage since my retirement...out to Seattle and Wintergrass...see how I got this back around to acoustic guitars? ;)

    PS: Went back and found it, a D-35, nice!
     
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  9. Charlie Bernstein

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    Since this is a 2011 thread, I doubt if anyone will mind that we've hijacked it. Like stealing an abandoned car: There's got to be a statute of limitations!

    Yup, I'm on my second Guild - my Forever Guitar, that above-mentioned '76 D-35, hot-rodded with Grovers, a K&K pickup, and bone saddle, nut, and bridge pins. I've had Gibsons and Martins, which ranged from good to terrific, but I've liked Guilds the best.

    The Bernstein Guitar Acoustic-To-Electric Equivalency Chart:

    Gibson humbuggers = Martin acoustics (balanced, loud)
    PRS electrics = Taylor acoustics (youthful, stylish)
    Strats= Gibson acoustics (all-purpose)
    Teles = Guild acoustics (expressive, twangy)

    Wintergrass sounds like a blast, expecially via Amtrak. I once took Amtrack from Boston to Seattle to LA to San Antonio to Charlotte to Boston. Whew!
     
  10. Bill Ashton

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    :):):)

    Well, we've been waiting for the past several years for Guild in Oxnard to have an open house like the Lets Meet Guild fete's they had in New Hartford, and Sirkku and I would be on Amtrak so fast! Take the routes west we haven't done yet.

    But then, they haven't invited us (Lets Talk Guild) yet so they probably won't, sadly...
     
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  11. Charlie Bernstein

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    Just speaking for me: because I like dreads. Simple! Got no time for those skimpy little whatchacallits.

    It's not too hard to roll off the bass and push up the mids. Then it sounds just like a guitar.
     
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