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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / Guild D-40C Question

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Mar 31st, 2014 05:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a line on an '83 Guild D-40C. It's in good shape, bone nut and saddle, one small crack on the top where the pickguard meets the end of the fretboard, gorgeous spruce, original case. It's dirty now, and has prehistoric strings on it.

However, it's missing the paper label from inside the soundhole which would tell me exactly what it is. The options are (as far as I know):

D-40C NT
D-40C SB (sunburst, which it is not)
D-40C Bluegrass Jubilee

If it's the BJ, I'll probably buy it. I have the serial number, but all that has done for me is date it.

Anyone know how to spot the differences?

Hank Hill

I melted wax

to fix my wings
Mar 31st, 2014 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

No idea about the '80s models, but my '97 DV-52 didn't have a paper label either. I wrote to Guild giving them the serial number and they sent me the label with the explanation of what everything meant. Like "HG" means High Gloss finish, NT means Natural Top, E means electic (pickup installed), etc. They looked up the original production specs of my serial number and filled out the label accordingly.

But there was one difference - the label has the "E" on it, but my guitar did Not have a pup installed. I wrote back and asked if they'd send me a pickup to put in it so the label would be correct, but no dice on that. Really, I was kidding, but hey if they'd send a free pup… ;-) Oh well, didn't matter to me anyway. I put in a Baggs iBeam later on.

Just saying, contact Guild - I'm sure they could tell you the exact model designation just from the serial number - and you'll get the label for it too. Best of luck!

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Mar 31st, 2014 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Hank, I might just do that.

And nice try on the pickup!

Hank Hill

I melted wax

to fix my wings
Apr 1st, 2014 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

What's the difference between a Bluegrass Jubilee and a "regular" D-40C?

As for the pickup issue, it was kind of funny… Guild wanted to know where I got it, if there was any evidence that there Was a pup in it at one time (like maybe the store took it out), and if ithe store had advertised it as an electric! None of which applied - it was always a straight up acoustic which is exactly what I wanted. A pickup would've been a bonus, but I never did like the kind with control panels built into the top side at all so I wouldn't have bought it if it had one. I don't even know what kind of pups Guild used in those days - maybe some kind of Fishman(?).

Anyway, the Baggs I put in was perfect for me. Sounds good, and the only visible evidence is obviously the endpin jack. I just control the EQ etc. with a Baggs Para/DI box that's really great too.


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Apr 29th, 2014 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think the "NT" was blond. I'm no sure what the "C" means. sOME MFCRS would use it o indicate a cutaway. I'm gonna have to look at my 40 yr old one when I get home.

Jake The Loafer

B'ham, Alabama

"Uhh Yahwww, I'll Get Around To It"
Apr 30th, 2014 11:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

NT does mean Natural Top & also used for Blonde. C does mean Cutaway as far as I know. I don't know what else it could stand for.

"MFCR" I'm not sure what that is. I could think of one, maybe two but thay are not suitable for here. lol The jubilee has a solid red spruce top and scalloped red spruce bracing, mahogany back and sides. I believe the regular D-40 just has a Sitka Spruce top. In recent years Guild has changed some things on their Guitars. As far as the Jubilee, I would rather have that over the regular D-40 but they are both excellent guitars.

Contact Guild & see if you can get you a label & all the info. you need.

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