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Mar 6th, 2009 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's the first new D-55 I've seen for sale that was made at the new facility in New Hartford, CT. Note the new pickguard shape...

Gotta say, I think it REALLY needs a traditionally-shaped pickguard in BLACK.

What say ye?

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New Hartford Guild D-55

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Mar 6th, 2009 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the T-S pickguards on Guilds - wish my DV-52 had one instead of black.

But you're right - that shape is just plain wrong. Not to mention goofy looking.

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Mar 6th, 2009 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Gotta say, I think it REALLY needs a traditionally-shaped pickguard in BLACK.

+1

Same goes for the F-50's as well. The one in your link is....well...fugly.

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Mar 13th, 2009 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You could row a boat with that headstock. Were d-55 headstocks always that shape or is that new.

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Mar 13th, 2009 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

AFAIK the D-55 headstocks were always like that. Could be the photo angle that makes it look weird.

To me it looks the same shape and size as my old D-35, but that one was plain (no binding) so it looked a bit smaller to me. I'm thinking we're seeing a bit of an optical illusion and they look smaller/more normal in person, but I don't know for sure.

As much as I liked my old long gone D-35, I like the headstock shape on my DV-52 a lot more.

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Mar 13th, 2009 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's pretty much the classic traditional Guild headstock. I like it a LOT better than the goofy looking smaller ones they started using in the '80's.

I think most of the higher-end Guilds (D55, F50, etc.) still use the traditional headstock.

Heck, that's one of the things that makes a Guild a Guild!

:)

Here's a shot of my F50NR.

(This message was last edited by kego at 11:42 AM, Mar 13th, 2009)

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Mar 13th, 2009 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Kego, that's a classic picture! Looks like Barney's saying "Get on with the intro, I'm ready to sing!" ;-)

But yeah, I agree that the traditional headstock is definitely "one of the things that makes a Guild a Guild."

And so does the traditional shape of the pickguards too. Which is why that new shape is wrong/goofy looking.

Back to headstocks - I'm with you on those small '80s headstocks. They were approaching "pointy" there for a while - I'm thinking the Gruhn design.

My DV-52 headstock is narrow(er) than "normal" too, but it's wider and nicer than those Gruhns for sure.

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Mar 13th, 2009 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...Heck, that's one of the things that makes a Guild a Guild!..."

Keith, when I saw your Guild at one of the AGF jams, my first thought was "Did they accidently use a 12s headstock?"

;-)


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Mar 13th, 2009 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think for the photo in question, it is the angle that the photo was taken at that exaggerates the weird looking size of the headstock.

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Mar 16th, 2009 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got my 2007 Guild from the Tacoma factory, a D55 in Natural with the fabulous D-Tar pickup system. Love the guitar, and LOVE the headstock. It is a classy instrument. Personally I am happy I got one from Tacoma during the last year of production and wouldn't buy one from any factory that is used to making Ovations, at least not for a few years, but that's just me being me.

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