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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / Just aquired a '79 D35NT

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Feb 11th, 2009 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hello all,
So far, I really love it, but have not tried new strings yet. It has a fresh set of Elyxir's on it, not quite sure how I feel about them yet.
I bought it from the original owner and it is in absolutely perfect condition, with case and manual.

Out of curiousity, what are your opinions of this guitar? It's been a long time since I was accoustic shopping, how do these rate?



Frank Hudson
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Tone is stuck on my fingers
Feb 12th, 2009 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tell use what you think. I've not owned one. Spruce top/'hog back and sides, right?

When I was coming up, Guilds like that were known as solid, a bit on the heavy side guitars. Not so much for the gentle finger-picker but great for the heavier strummer or hard flat picker.

Hank Hill
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I melted wax

to fix my wings
Feb 12th, 2009 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

My first Guild was a D-35 purchased new in 1974. Absolutely loved it! The only thing I ever did to it was change out the 3-on-a-plate tuners for some Grover Rotomatics.

It was my only acoustic for 21-22 years or so, and I had to sell it in a time of extreme financial difficulty. Always regretted doing that too.

But it was *the* guitar that got me hooked on Guilds and I knew they'd be on my list to check out when I could afford another acoustic. That happened in 2000 when I got my DV-52. And that was after playing a Lot of Martins, Taylors, and Gibsons. Kept going back to the Guild and it was a no-brainer to me.

As for the strings, keep those Elixirs on there and wear them out, then change to something else. Personally, I don't like Elixers at all. Been using D-Addarios forever, so that's what I've stuck with. Nowadays I use their coated EXP set (whatever is the .012-.052 set) and they're great.

Enjoy that D-35 and play the heck out of it!

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Feb 12th, 2009 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Frank, I agree, this thing is very solid and a bit heavy. It sounds wonderful but frets out a little when I dig in, could be the strings too. I haven't tweaked yet, still gettin to know it.

Hank,I've been playing the heck out of it since I got it, love it! It certainly is a great flat pickin guitar.

Thanks guys!


Hank Hill
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I melted wax

to fix my wings
Feb 13th, 2009 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, that fretting out thing might be the strings, or maybe it just needs a good overall set up - checking the nut, fret height, and all that. That can make a world of difference too.

Guilds are kind of heavy, but I prefer to call that "solidly built" or "not so fragile." ;-)

Also, I'm one who's never really subscribed to the notion that dreads are only for flatpicking or strumming - probably half my playing is fingerpicking and I've always found my Guilds sounded excellent for that too. Just depends on playing technique I guess.

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Feb 13th, 2009 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am planning a full setup soon, may replace nut and saddle. I realized (after checking the serial number) that it is a 1980. It's in fine condition, but needs some minor attention. I don't know much about these guitars but I am loving this one more each day.


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a little out of tune
Feb 26th, 2009 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have one, an '80 D35NT, ser. no. DB 101397

It's a sweetie!

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