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Date of Birth
June 3, 1955 (62)
About GardMan
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Folk/acoustic guitar, flyfishing, photography, astronomy, steam railroads
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Professor of Biology

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Dave

'72 D-35 (Jan '73)
'81 D-46NT (Oct '07)
'94 DV-72NT (turquoise; Jan '16)
'94 DV-72NT MK (malachite; Oct '14)
'95 DV-73 NT HG (Aug '12)
Gone but not forgotten
'71 D-44NT (2008-2015)
'74 G-37Bld (2006-2015)
'74 D-25M (2006-2015)
'76 D-50NT (2009-2016)
'78 D-35 (1986-2007)
'92 D-55 (2007-2014)


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Guild dreadnaught bracing patterns: 1971-1995

by GardMan on 01-27-2016 at 03:49 AM
I purchased my first Guild, a 1972 D-35, in January 1973 ( a story that I have retold several times on LTG, and will save retelling again for another day). Sometime around 1986, I purchased a second D-35 (from 1978), for Anne. I immediately noticed that the two guitars, tho the same model built just 6 years apart, differed significantly in weight: the 1978 D-35 (subsequently weighed in at ~5.5 lbs) was notably heavier than my 72, which is my lightest Guild, at just 4# 4oz...

Altho my interest was piqued, investigation of the weight difference lanquished for more than 20 years. Then, in the summer of 2006, two "life changing" events happened: (1) I found "Lets Talk Guild, " and (2) I bought two more Guilds dreads from eBay auctions: a 74 G-37 Bld with arched maple back (top dated Apr 1974) , and a 74 D-25M with arched mahogany back (top dated Aug 1974). Built just a few months apart in 1974, I initially thought I would audition them, choose the one I liked, and resell the

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Guild Dreadnaught Models: 1963~2000 (Hoboken, Westerly, and a little more)...

by GardMan on 11-15-2015 at 01:56 AM
Frono suggested that I post my list of dread models as a "Blog," so that they would be more accessible to other LTGers, without having to search through the entire LTG archives... so here it is! In future installments, perhaps I'll add my summary of Guild dread bracing, and more about my foray into Guild tone woods...

I started compiling this list shortly after joining LTG in the summer of 2006, when I began my quest to sample dreads in all of the different tone woods used by Guild. At the time, I needed a list of dread models with basic specs such as top, back, and side woods and back construction (braced flat or unbraced arched). My info was gleaned from Hans Moust’s "The Guild Guitar Book The Company and The Instruments, 1952-1977," Beesley’s "Guitar History Volume #5 Guild Guitars," Guild serial number lists, and numerous discussions on LTG regarding dread models... particularly contributions from Hans. I do not consider the list to be a complete and comprehensive

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