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    D-25 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-25:
    Year & specific model:
    Purchased new or used:
    Price paid:

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality
    Looks
    Projection
    Bass
    Mids
    Highs
    Sustain
    Playability/comfort
    Dependability
    Fingerstyle
    Flatpick
    Strum

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor):

    Favorite Strings (one selection only):

    Would you buy another if lost/sold:

    Overall Assessment:

    Most Appreciated Characteristic:
    Least Appreciated:
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments:
    Scratch Sends...

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    '66 Gibson B25-12
    '08 Little Martin (Maddie's Guitar)
    '10 Santa Cruz OM/PW
    '13 Collings OM2H
    '14 Yamaha LS16


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    Re: D-25 LTG Owner Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Scratch
    How long have you owned the D-25: 27 years
    Year & specific model: 1982 SB
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: $400

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 9
    Looks 10
    Projection 10
    Bass 9
    Mids 9
    Highs 8
    Sustain 8
    Playability/comfort Playability 8, comfort 6
    Dependability 9
    Fingerstyle 7 (this is due to my clumsiness, not any shortcoming on the guitar's part)
    Flatpick 9
    Strum 9

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): V Good

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Martin Marquis

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: No. With increasing age I find the large body more difficult to manage, especially if seated. When I bought the guitar there were few alternatives to dreads, but I'd buy a smaller-bodied instrument if I was in the market now.

    Overall Assessment: Love it.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: The fine sound that it produces with the slightest touch.
    Least Appreciated: Large body, dead spot on the 6th string, 5th fret.
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: Joining LTG!

    Other observations/comments:

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    Re: D-25 LTG Owner Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Scratch
    How long have you owned the D-25:
    Year & specific model: '96 D25NT
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: $799.00 w/case
    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 10
    Looks 10 in the classic simplicity category. I like the pearloid "Guild" in the headstock with no other bling
    Projection 10
    Bass 10
    Mids 10
    Highs 10
    Sustain 11 (Seriously, see "comments" below!)
    Playability/comfort WAS 10 but I'm gettin' a little old. Now 9.5 on comfort
    Dependability 11
    Fingerstyle 10
    Flatpick 9
    Strum 11
    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Mechanically Excellent Cosmetically Fair
    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Pre-2002 Guild L350 (current best replacement is Light uncoated PB D'Addario EJ-16 w/ .025 "G" substituted into the set)
    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Not sure. I put all the 1300+ hours of playing and "opening up" on it and could never do that again even if I could find an NOS one to start with. Kind of like asking if you'd have another kid if....
    Overall Assessment: The single most versatile guitar I own. When you own one you understand why it was Guild's single most produced model.
    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Playability
    Least Appreciated: Gettin' a little harder to get comfortable with, but that's me, not the guitar
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: The day it "opened up" after a couple of years of ownership, shortly after the first refret. I could literally feel the neck vibrating in my hand 'cause the soundbox was resonating so strongly.
    Other observations/comments:
    If you hold this guitar 5 or 6 inches of inches away from your mouth and speak or sing into the soundhole it'll resonate just from that input. If you play a harmonic on all 6 strings at the 12th fret and hold your ear a couple of inches close to the soundhole you can still hear the sound fully 30 seconds later. (Timed at 33 seconds two weeks ago)
    Al
    "Time May Change the Technique of Music But Never Its Mission " - Rachmaninoff
    My 1st Guild: '96 Westerly D25NT "Hally" (10-31-96 stamped on heelblock)
    #2: '01 Westerly F65ce "Blondie"
    #3: '03 Corona D40e Richie Havens "Richie"
    All bought new!

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    Re: D-25 LTG Owner Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Scratch
    How long have you owned the D-25: 3 years
    Year & specific model: 1977 D25M
    Purchased new or used: Used.
    Price paid: $20.oo

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 9.5
    Looks 6.5....wasn't ever made to be a looker, boring coloration IMO
    Projection 10
    Bass 10
    Mids 10
    Highs 10
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 10
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle 8
    Flatpick 10
    Strum 10

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Considering the hell it has been through, it should be a 2, but it's a Guild....it's a solid 8.

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Don't care.

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: HELL YES.

    Overall Assessment: It will go to my grave with me.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: The way it makes people's jaw drop when I hit the first open chord.
    Least Appreciated: The bland color; Cruddy Brown.
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: Replying "$20.00" when asked what I paid.

    Other observations/comments: I want more Guild Dreads.
    BUSTIN' OUT!
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    '77 Guild D25M
    50s Kay Jumbo
    60s Silvertone
    Fender Squire
    Fender "bullet" Strat

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    Re: D-25 LTG Owner Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Scratch
    How long have you owned the D-25: 3 years, 4 months
    Year & specific model: 1994-5? D25NT
    Purchased new or used: used
    Price paid: money+ 2 guitars traded; asking was about $660?

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 10
    Looks 9
    Projection 14
    Bass 10
    Mids 10
    Highs 10
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 9
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle I'm not really a fingerpicker; it does it better than I. 10
    Flatpick 10
    Strum 14

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Good to Excellent

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Still looking.
    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes

    Overall Assessment: Great value, great guitar, love it, why pay more for a Martin when this does the same better!

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: value
    Least Appreciated: had to buy a case, as none was included.
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: I don't know, but a guy with a couple(or more) thousand dollar Gibson said, multiple times, it sounds GOOD.

    Other observations/comments:
    Like a Martin D18 on steroids; hog tone with BOOM!
    Elrod
    Westerly D-25 NT
    1957? Vega 200 Archtop
    Mandolins;
    1920(?) Gibson A2; Breedlove Cascade; Washburn 215 bowl back, cr.1906-07; Victoria , B&J New York(stolen,10/18/2011)
    Eastwood Airline Mandola

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    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-25: 4.5 yrs
    Year & specific model: 1974 D-25M (spruce top, arched back)
    Purchased new or used: Used
    Price paid: $565 w case

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:
    Build quality: 8
    Looks: 8
    Projection: 10
    Bass: 9
    Mids: 9
    Highs: 8
    Sustain: 11 She rings forever!
    Playability/comfort: 9 (a typical full-sized dread)
    Dependability: Not rated
    Fingerstyle: 8
    Flatpick: Not rated
    Strum: 8
    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): V. Good. Saddle's a little low... but still has great tone and volume.
    Favorite Strings (one selection only): John Pearse 80/20 Bronze light gauge
    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes.
    Overall Assessment: 8.8

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: She just "sings" in DADGAD!
    Least Appreciated: I'm not terribly fond of the color of the stained spruce top. The incredible sustain can sometimes muddy up the sound when strumming.

    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: I was eBay bidding on the '74 D-25 and G-37 (maple arched back dread) at the same time, and "won" both. Told the wife I'd A/B them, keep the one I liked best, and sell off the other. The sounded so different, I had to keep them both, and started out on a quest to try all the different tonewoods Guild made in the dreadnaught style.

    Other observations/comments:
    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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    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-25: Original owner, 38 years
    Year & specific model: 1973, all mahogany, arched back
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: ~$500.00

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 10
    Looks 9
    Projection 10
    Bass 10
    Mids 9
    Highs 10
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 10
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle Yes
    Flatpick No
    Strum Yes

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Mint to Excellent

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Variable, but light gauge

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes

    Overall Assessment: Fell in love with this guitar the first time I played it. This D25 sounds better and better as the years go by. It's not the fanciest Guild model, but it has a loud, warm voice that has stopped quite a few folks in their tracks...it's the double-take when they hear it. And, trust me, it's not my playing....it's the guitar.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Loud, warm sound and excellent action. It's sturdy.
    Least Appreciated: Weight
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: Learning that my particular D25 was somewhat of a small celebrity after I first joined LTG. I had no idea that an all mahogany, arched back D25 was a fairly scarce model. :)

    Other observations/comments: If the house was burning, and I could only carry-out two guitars to safety, it would be: #1 my D25, and #2 my Mark V. One can always get another Martin...but, not so with these special Guilds. I've laughed and cried through the years with my D 25. It's seen me through some highs and lows that living life brings us. Would I have gotten through those times without my D25? Sure, but not as well......nope, not as well. ::::softsmile:::::
    Toni

    It's never new, and never gets old - it's a folk song.......Llewyn Davis

    Guilds
    '73 Guild D-25 all-mahogany, arch back
    '82 Guild Mark V
    '86 Guild F-20 blonde arch back
    '13 Guild Orpheum OM Mahogany Burst
    '14 Guild Orpheum 12 OOO SHM
    '66 Guild B-11 Baritone Uke
    '76 Joe Pug's Guild Dreadnought Hardshell Case - For Sale
    Others

    '06 Tacoma Papoose P112
    '11 Martin OM-35 Custom
    '12 Wechter TO-8418
    '13 Composite Acoustics Cargo RAW



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    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    I'm not sure why, but in 63 years I've never owned a Guild- until now. Picked up a '74 D-25M on Ebay not long ago and I may never buy another guitar. I got a fairly reasonble deal on this one- $525 picked up (didn't trust the mail handlers with an old, fragile mahogany guitar)- but it has a noticeable "whiskey dent" lower right front. Eventually I'll need it fixed but only for cosmetic reasons and to prevent further damage; I can't imagine the sound being any better. Punchy lows, clear mids and highs that continue to ring even after I've left the room. An amazing instrument. Very comfortable to play and does remarkably well with either strumming or finger picking. I'm giving this one a "10" all the way across.

    Guild D-25 Mahogany
    '77 Telecaster
    2000 Mexican Strat
    pre-war Regal green label parlor
    '74 Harmony H165 Mahogany
    '76 Takamine F360S
    2002 Tacoma DM-9 (pre-Fender)
    '72 Yamaha FG-75 red label
    2002 Martin DC-16GTE

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    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    Punchy lows, clear mids and highs that continue to ring even after I've left the room.
    That sounds like a normal D25! Not your average guitar!
    Elrod
    Westerly D-25 NT
    1957? Vega 200 Archtop
    Mandolins;
    1920(?) Gibson A2; Breedlove Cascade; Washburn 215 bowl back, cr.1906-07; Victoria , B&J New York(stolen,10/18/2011)
    Eastwood Airline Mandola

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    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Texasboy
    I'm not sure why, but in 63 years I've never owned a Guild- until now. Picked up a '74 D-25M on Ebay not long ago and I may never buy another guitar. I got a fairly reasonble deal on this one- $525 picked up (didn't trust the mail handlers with an old, fragile mahogany guitar)- but it has a noticeable "whiskey dent" lower right front. Eventually I'll need it fixed but only for cosmetic reasons and to prevent further damage; I can't imagine the sound being any better. Punchy lows, clear mids and highs that continue to ring even after I've left the room. An amazing instrument. Very comfortable to play and does remarkably well with either strumming or finger picking. I'm giving this one a "10" all the way across.

    Guild D-25 Mahogany
    '77 Telecaster
    2000 Mexican Strat
    pre-war Regal green label parlor
    '74 Harmony H165 Mahogany
    '76 Takamine F360S
    2002 Tacoma DM-9 (pre-Fender)
    '72 Yamaha FG-75 red label
    2002 Martin DC-16GTE
    Welcome aboard. Where 'bouts in Texas??
    Scratch Sends...

    '88 JF30-12
    '66 Gibson B25-12
    '08 Little Martin (Maddie's Guitar)
    '10 Santa Cruz OM/PW
    '13 Collings OM2H
    '14 Yamaha LS16


    "I'd rather believe in God & die to discover He doesn't exist, than disbelieve and die to find out He does"

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_mu ... dID=867145

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