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stratcowboy
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Oct 23rd, 2009 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They started in NJ, I believe and I've never heard much bad about the Corona Guilds. They are now in CT, FWIW...

Solomio

Canada/Montreal

Oct 25th, 2009 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Strat- No. New York.....
The first Guild workshop was located in Manhattan, New York, where Dronge (who soon took over full ownership) focused on archtop jazz guitars, both electric and acoustic. Rapid expansion forced the company to move to much larger quarters, on Newark St. in Hoboken, NJ in what is now the Newman Leather building

The Corona's dont' get much respect, at least last time I was an avid Guild follower.

Conneticutt ? You mean they moved again !!

...In 2004, FMIC acquired the assets of Washington-based Tacoma Guitar Company and all American Guild acoustic production has since been moved to Tacoma, Washington

solomio

(This message was last edited by Solomio at 02:38 PM, Oct 25th, 2009)

stratcowboy
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Oct 25th, 2009 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check your calendar...they've been in CT for at least a year now (officially, if not productively, for more like a year and a half).

Yes...I do remember the bit about starting in Manhattan prior to the NJ digs. But in late 2007 they stopped making Guilds regularly in WA. There might have been a few that trickled out in mid '08 as they were having a hard time ramping up production in CT. But now that Guild is *somewhat* regularly available (for the most part), that is because they are being brought back to full production in CT. Yes...CT.




As a side note, when my F47RC needed a new neck due to the factory neck being defective (a Tacoma-build), it was taken care of at the Fender/Guild lutherie shop (just a small collection of artisans there...) in Nashville. And they did a sensational (that's putting it mildly!!) job.


Take a look here...

Solomio

Canada/Montreal

Oct 26th, 2009 04:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Moving to CT noted. Thanks for the update.
solomio

76Strat
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Apr 2nd, 2010 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FWIW, I played a Tacoma D-55 and a new Connecticut D-55 at Matt Uminov's in NYC. I thought the Tacoma model sounded better. The CT model reminded me a little of the GAD series in it's construction.

reverend mikey
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Apr 6th, 2010 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does anyone here know if the USA Guilds are available left-handed? (Guild used to offer most, if not all, of their acoustics in left-handed versions...but I don't know if Fender is allowing that.)

There is only one Chinese made Guild lefty - a dreadnaught...which is fine, but I'm curious about made in USA models.

Florida Mike
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Jul 31st, 2010 11:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree with 76 Strat I too played a CT built D55 and compared to my 2007 Tacoma built it was very different, thinner in sound, and did not have the solid feel of mine at all. I have never played any other Guilds except my Tacoma built D55 and the latest Ct version so I cannot comment on earlier Guilds. Also my Tacoma built smells great, you can actually tell how great the quality is by the smell, you just want to stick your hooter in the soundhole and take a whiff...the CT model had no such magic aroma of quality.

bluebear
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Apr 26th, 2011 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Evidently. I've been searching for one that sounds as nice as the one I should have bought in the mid 70's."

I agree with this 100%. I was lucky enough to find a used 76 D40 about 20 years ago in RI. Still have it and I'll never get rid of it. I think it stands up well to a lot of very expensive big name guitars. And I just really like the idea of playing a guitar that is this good and is now 35 years old.

6L6
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Apr 26th, 2011 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in my fifth year now of solo gigging with my '06 Tacoma-built D-55. I had a Fishman Matrix pup installed when I bought it.

Couldn't be happier!

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My '06 D-55

(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 02:59 PM, Nov 28th, 2012)

Florida Mike
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May 15th, 2011 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

6L6 - Have you ever played a Tacoma built D55 DTAR model...I love mine EXCEPT the big dumb looking thumbwheel for the battery area (2 AA) but it does sound great. BTW my Guild D55 is a 2007 was that the last year for Tacoma?

stratcowboy
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May 15th, 2011 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...my Guild D55 is a 2007 was that the last year for Tacoma?"

Yes. My Guild was built in August of 2007. There may have been a few still built late into the fall, but not many. By the end of the year, Guilds were basically impossible to find (I know...that's when I was shopping around for one and kept pursuing it for months into the spring of 2008--when I finally found my August 2007 F47RC). They then said they'd have guitars in May or June 2008. Which never happened. You basically didn't start seeing any new American Guilds until at least late summer of 2008.

Jeffty

Austin TX

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Apr 13th, 2012 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Guild D55 has been my dependable & stalwart companion since I bought it new back in 1975. It's overbuilt but rock-solid. It's not the brightest or the loudest or the most articulate box I've ever heard but it's got a wonderful and full voice all its own and I cannot imagine trading it for anything.

stratcowboy
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Apr 13th, 2012 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Misplaced comment...sorry...

(This message was last edited by stratcowboy at 05:17 PM, Apr 13th, 2012)

6L6
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Apr 25th, 2012 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"6L6 - Have you ever played a Tacoma built D55 DTAR model..."

Florida Mike: Nope, I've never played the D-Tar system.

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