FDP Forum / Comparing a Guild D55 with a Guild F50/ 6 messages in thread.

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Oct 31st, 2009 05:53 PM        

Does anyone know how these two instruments compare, other than the obvious difference in their shapes? What difference is there in the tone and overall sound? Thanks for any thoughts.

Jim Bob


Mar 31st, 2010 03:57 PM        

A dreadnaught (D-55) vs. a jumbo (F-50)? The jumbo will have a much bigger and fuller sound, and it will be heard more easily when playing in a group. The jumbo will also do better when playing in a very large room or outside.


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Lago, CA

Mar 31st, 2010 11:25 PM        

"The jumbo will have a much bigger and fuller sound..."<br /> <br /> In theory, yes. In reality however...<br /> <br /> It's been my experience that both guitars are pretty much equal in the volume dept.<br /> <br /> What's different is their tone. Check 'em both out before you buy. One good guy to check out on YouTube is Dave Van Ronk who always played a F-50.<br /> <br /> 6<br /> <br /> '06 D-55<br /> '06 F-412<br /> '77 D-50<br /> '74 D-40<br /> <br />


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Apr 7th, 2010 10:45 AM        

Thanks for the tips, guys. By the way, I practically gave up on this thread. I posted the question back in October!


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Endeavor to persevere
Aug 8th, 2010 03:44 AM        

I tried both, and bought an incredibly nice Tacoma-built F-50. I love this guitar. Never have had a regret.


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Southern Ohio

Oct 4th, 2010 02:17 PM        

I tried both also, along with two D40s, a high end Yairi and several Taylor's and Martins, all in the $2K range. What sold me on the D50 over the D40 and the others was volume. The D55 was nearly as loud as the D50; however, I am more of a utilitarian kind of guy, and the D55 was a little too flashy for my personality. <br /> <br /> All played wonderfully, and all had strong and unique voices. <br /> <br /> My Tacoma-built D50 is a 'banjo killer.'

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