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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / Vintage D55 volume


Austin TX USA

Gain is my co-pilot...
Dec 10th, 2015 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a new D55 in 1975 and it's still my #1 dreadnought. I am curious though - the tone and timbre has certainly improved with age and use but the volume acoustically leaves much to be desired. When I get into a jam or a song circle I'm getting overshadowed by newer acoustics made by Collings, some bigger Taylors and many "boutique" instruments that keep showing up.

I have always felt that my D55 was "overbuilt" - that is to say the finish is thick, the bracing is unshaven and it feels very solid all around. This is good for longevity but I suspect not so good for acoustic resonance and volume.

I've approached experienced repairmen thru the years and none were willing to chance cutting down the bracing and seemingly for good reasons. Am I alone in this, is it just my particular instrument or is this common in Guilds of the mid-70's? Thoughts?

Te 52

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Dec 11th, 2015 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've always felt Guild acoustics of that era and earlier were overbuilt.

Looking at the bright side, it's one of the reasons their 12-strings are so highly regarded, they can take the stress of the added strings without the top bellying or caving in after a few years.


Cincinnati, USA

Dec 11th, 2015 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

What gauge strings do you use?


Austin TX USA

Gain is my co-pilot...
Dec 12th, 2015 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've used mediums, bluegrass and currently regular light gauge Nanowebs. Most everyone I play around use light gauge strings (12's) anymore. I haven't found the overall volume all that different with bigger strings. Bigger bass response, yes but this boomer has plenty to begin with. I've owned this D55 for 40 years now, that ought to say something. Still when I'm in a crowd I'm always down in the mix.

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San Francisco, CA

Dec 12th, 2015 02:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

My 2006 Tacoma-built D-55NT will hang with any acoustic out there.

I've heard, but don't know for sure, that the Tacoma-builts are indeed lighter guitars.


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