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gravydb

PA

Sep 16th, 2009 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So I am jonesing for a Guild Bluesbird in the worst way. I've played a couple, years ago, and loved them, but they were too steep for me at the time. I think I can just about swing a used one now.

Any suggestions, besides ebay and craigslist, on where I might find some for sale? And in the meantime, I'd love to read some general info about them, specs, etc, but I'm having trouble finding anything online.

Thanks!


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(This message was last edited by gravydb at 11:17 AM, Sep 16th, 2009)

Tom B.

USA

Sep 16th, 2009 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For more info, two things to try:

1. Google "wayback machine" and search the site: www.guildguitars.com.

2. Search this site for 'bluesbird' in the thread title, 'active forum', 'any date'. You'll find about 200 threads.

Good luck and enjoy.


gravydb

PA

Sep 17th, 2009 06:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Tom! I forgot all about those archives. Perfect!


BuddyDog
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Fresno, California

I can mangle that tune in 3 notes
Oct 28th, 2009 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not affiliated with the seller, but here's a local (for me) one...

Bluesbird FS

Tall-Fir
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Fridley, Minnesota

Oct 29th, 2009 09:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

gravydb--I am requesting that you email me. TF

Bad Dog
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The Golden State

Simplify. Simplify.
Nov 14th, 2009 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've loved them since the early '70's, and been a proud owner since '85 or so. See profile.

How's the hunt?



gravydb

PA

Nov 16th, 2009 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh I'm still hunting. And gathering info. I certainly have not lost any interest.

The "pre-fender" Bluesbirds seem to be more desirable. Is there really a difference?

Vince Mendoza

Canada

Nov 26th, 2009 11:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maybe...

...this?

Vince Mendoza

Canada

Nov 26th, 2009 11:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or...


...this?

gravydb

PA

Nov 28th, 2009 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Vince!
Wow! Both are gorgeous!!!
I've always been torn between the natural finish and the burst. A tough decision!

Thanks for the links!

balzakjeff
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UP Michigan

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Nov 29th, 2009 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Watch Elderly's

1997

Vince Mendoza

Canada

Nov 30th, 2009 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No worries, gravydb.

Let us all know if you end up getting one of the 'birds.

Cheers,
V.

P.S. Personally, I would go with the natural one only because manufacturers always use the highest quality woods for natural finishes, which will expose any imperfections the wood may have.

gravydb

PA

Jan 5th, 2010 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What was the date of manufacture for a Bluesbird S/N CM000448 ?

I've tried those charts on Guild's site and I can't make heads or tails of this serial number.

Tom B.

USA

Jan 6th, 2010 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

gravydb, I'm not a Guild expert, I'm just interested because I have a bluesbird that is a great guitar. However, I searched the archives for posts by Hans Moust, who *is* a Guild expert. What I learned is CM means a Corona made bluesbird; Guilds are numbered sequentially by manufacture. According to those posts CM000203 was a 2002, CM000597 was an early 2003. Note those numbers bound the S/N you're asking about. Good luck in your search.

gravydb

PA

Jan 7th, 2010 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Tom! That's a huge help! I had tried searching the archives, but didn't think to search Hans's posts.

The reason I'm asking about that particular S/N... I'm the proud owner of it, as of a couple days ago! It's a gorgeous flamed tobacco sunburst Bluesbird. I should receive it in the next few days. I can't wait.

Thank you!

Tom B.

USA

Jan 7th, 2010 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congratulations! Those tobacco sunbursts look very classy to me -- I would have preferred that finish. Mine is a cherryburst I bought when Mars went out of business. It was a great deal that pushed me over the edge. Enjoy yours and let us know what you think once you've had a chance to settle in.

Bad Dog
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The Golden State

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Jan 13th, 2010 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We'll want pictures ASAP! Congrats.

gravydb

PA

Jan 15th, 2010 06:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's due to arrive today! Actually it was due to arrive yesterday, according to Fedex tracking, but late afternoon it got rescheduled. What a bummer! But at least I'll have it for the weekend. I am so stoked!

I have to admit, as much as I love these guitars, I'm not real clear on the specs. IE: I don't know how to determine if have a Standard or an AAA? Do either have the same electronics/pickups? What was a typical selling price for these guitars when new?

I will post plenty of pics as soon as I can. Thanks everyone for your help!

Tom B.

USA

Jan 15th, 2010 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IIRC for the Corona models, the standard and AAA had identical specs except for the top wood (flame or quilting) and finish. I remember the standards came in red and black (at least) and many of them had very nice tops as well. Your tobacco burst would definitely have been a AAA, the other two finishes being cherryburst and natural. For a while there was also a Blues 90 with P90s and a heftier neck profile (those also came in a green color).

I'm trying to remember when I bought mine from Mars, but I think the AAA listed for $2400 and was tagged at 75% of that ($1800). I don't know what they typically sold for since I bought mine when they went out of business (40% off their tagged price).

gravydb

PA

Jan 15th, 2010 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Tom. Yeah, I'm hitting some web archives of music stores throughout 2002 (Elderly, etc), and I'm seeing the AAA Bluesbird had a list price of $2400, and sold for $1800, just like you said. Seymour Duncan SH-1 pickups were stock on either the AAA or Standard models. I'm also seeing, as you noted, P90 pickups available. Mine has the SH-1 pickups.

Thanks for helping clarify this!

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