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gravydb



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Jan 17th, 2010 12:09 PM        

Well I've only had a little time to play it so far, but I am speechless... This guitar is much more than I imagined. Instant bond, if you can relate to that. Besides the gorgeous asthetics and workmanship, the first thing I noticed was the amazing range of tones this guitar is capable of. The tone controls are very sensitive. In a good way.<br /> <br /> The neck is a bit chunkier than I'm used to, which I expected, and I'm fine with it. I really wanted a 'different' guitar than what I'm accustomed to, and I got it! The tone is heavenly. Much more organic than my PRS CE24 (my main guitar). I am quite certain that the PRS will become a bit envious!<br /> <br /> OK... I tried uploading some pics to photobucket... let's see if it worked. A photographer I am not, so bear with me...



Tom B.



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Jan 18th, 2010 10:27 PM        

Thanks for posting the photos. That's a very nice example -- beautiful guitar. Glad it meets/exceeds your expectations since you had to search but it sounds like it was worth it. I have always been impressed with several things about those guitars: excellent craftsmanship and playability, rich tone, and light weight with good balance. The only glitch I've ever heard about is the pickup selector going out on some but that is easily correctable. Mine has never caused a problem. Hope you continue to enjoy your new guitar!



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Jan 21st, 2010 10:10 PM        

If you want the REAL Guild Bluesbird, you'll be wanting a '55 like this gorgeous M75:



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Jan 22nd, 2010 09:11 AM        

âInstant bond, if you can relate to that.â<br /> <br /> Yes... definitely. This is what happened when I got mine... I had other guitars - Fender Strat, LP, Guild Starfire, but this one was a surprise. It sounds great even in my little practice amp... nothing else does.<br /> <br /> Congrats. nice guitar.



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Feb 21st, 2010 09:46 PM        

Believe it or not, I used to be a PRS guy too, but now my PRS's are sold, and like yours, the Bluesbird remains. "More organic" is a good description.



Fritz_D_Cat

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Mar 6th, 2010 11:23 AM        

How would you guys compare a Bluesbird to a LP?



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Mar 6th, 2010 11:31 AM        

I've owned two and currently have an '00 Bluesbird AAA. The BB is a bit lighter than an LP since it's chambered, the SH-1 pups are, IMO, more refined sounding than the avg LP humbucker -- what I would call jazz/rock hybrid offering deliciously warm, clean tones, & the cutaway is shaped differently, but otherwise it's ergonomically very similar to an LP.<br /> Pic in my profile.



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Mar 10th, 2010 03:59 PM        

âHow would you guys compare a Bluesbird to a LP?â<br /> <br /> I have both... the BB is comfortably lighter, its sound is far more musical yet, it can roar and get snarly if you need it to do that. I find that it is nicer to play, in fact, clearly superior. It sounds great, even in my little practice amp, a Marshall Valvestate 20. <br /> <br /> If I were to sell my guitars - electric or otherwise, the BB would stay. <br /> <br /> See my previous post above.n



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Mar 13th, 2010 11:09 AM        

I don't have any even remotely snarly guitars. How can that be? And love the looks of archiestone's ! Might see that someday in person - live in the northbay... you ever play that thing out?



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Apr 3rd, 2010 04:20 PM        

Every time the Guild Bluesbird comes up in a thread (on ANY forum) I get instant GAS! It is the perfect answer to the singlecut design that out Paul's a Les Paul, without being a direct clone. Just beautiful: elegant, balanced, stately.<br /> <br /> It's the one guitar I really regret not getting back when they were in production (and Guild actually made lefties!). Now finding a lefty would be like winning the lottery! I would definitely sell just about anything to get it. <br /> <br /> Another quality builder needs to "steal" (copy? recreate? honor?) this design and build these again...<br /> <br /> ...Fender are you listening? (Not that you would build any lefties...) Maybe George Gruhn should team up with someone to build these ... but keep it affordable (in the LP price range).



gravydb



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Apr 6th, 2010 06:27 AM        

Well I wish you luck, rev mikey, in finding a lefty. I'll keep my eyes open for one. They are fantastic guitars, and I can't believe I waited this long to get one. I'm using it for such a wide variety of music, it's really incredible.<br /> <br /> I've owned mine for about 3 mos now, and the only 'catch' has been I still feel like I'm acclimating to the chunky neck. It's all a matter of what you're used to, I guess. But to me, the neck is CHUNKY :) I know I'll eventually get used to it. But for now I occasionally wish it was a tad thinner. Although if the neck profile is partly responsible for the amazing tone, then of course I ain't changing nothin'!<br /> <br /> Does anyone happen to know if all Bluesbirds have the same neck profile?



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Jun 8th, 2010 01:36 PM        

They need to make these again. I'd love to find a goldtop Blues 90, but I don't think they ever made one



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Mar 5th, 2011 02:22 PM        

Every once in awhile, this thread needs to resurface!<br /> <br /> Here's a gorgeous Bluesbird for a very reasonable price (why oh why do I play left-handed?! ARGH!!!). <br /> <br /> (No affiliation with this sale at all - just droolin' and gassin' as a look for a lefty!)



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Mar 6th, 2011 10:36 AM        

reverend mikey, I got one just like that. <br /> <br /> Peace,<br /> Jake <br />



gravydb

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Mar 6th, 2011 04:26 PM        

Wow that red one is SWEET.<br /> <br /> OP here. I can't agree more that these Bluesbirds are phenomenal guitars. They don't seem to ever receive any mainstream praise. Shame!<br /> <br /> I ended up selling my beloved BB recently, and believe me it was difficult and wasn't because of performance issues. It delivered all the glorious tone a guy could ever want! I can't stress that enough! But in the end I could not get used to the neck. It was simply too chunky for me. Oh how I tried, but I could never get past it. When I bought it, I expected it to have a 50's style neck, and I knew I'd need to adjust to it, but man alive this neck was a tree trunk! I believe what caused me the most trouble wasn't necessarily the general thickness (although it was a factor), but rather the profile: it had very high "shoulders" for lack of a better description. Chords were not a problem, but whenever I had to play a lead part, I'd struggle and sweat from start to finish. After about a year of trying to get used to it, I eventually realized that it wasn't going to happen. As much as I enjoyed the sound of the guitar, I wasn't enjoying PLAYING it. It was a tough decision, but I sold it and put the money toward other music gear I needed.<br /> <br /> And gosh-darnit don't I still miss that guitar anyway!!!!



gravydb

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Mar 6th, 2011 04:27 PM        

btw Rev, I have not stopped looking for a lefty for you! :)



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Apr 17th, 2011 10:25 PM        

Thanks for reminding me guys. Yes, this thread needs to resurface occasionally. <br /> <br />



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Sep 10th, 2011 03:18 PM        

Well, I am in the club. Picked up a 2002? (CM0000308) AAA top that has a few dings, but overall a sweet player. The necks are pretty hefty, huh? I have had it a few days, really growing on me. I have noticed that it appears that the bridge pickup was mounted slightly further on the bass side. I will post pics after a while and see if you guys agree.



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Sep 11th, 2011 05:06 PM        

jealous and curious. you have mail.



gravydb



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Sep 12th, 2011 09:25 AM        

Congrats lusn! I can't wait to see some pics!<br /> <br /> I have heard that the Bluesbird neck profile can vary quite a bit from guitar to guitar. They are all "50's style" but to varying degrees. The one I had was really fat! I sincerely hope that you get along with yours. They are fantastic guitars. If I could find one with a slightly slimmer neck, I'd grab it no question! :)



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