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  1. #11

    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Scratch
    How long have you owned the D-25: 18 yrs and a bit. First owner from new.
    Year & specific model: '93 - 25th anniversary edition
    Purchased new or used: New (GC-Orlando, FL)
    Price paid: $1299.00 - (I remember that day when $= conversion was something like 2-1!

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

    Build quality 10 - Guild guitars are quality
    Looks 10 - it is a thing of a beauty
    Projection 10 - she's a real cannon.
    Bass 10 - big bass without being boomy
    Mids 9 - clear and resonant
    Highs 10 - shimmering and balanced
    Sustain 10 - I have upgraded the bridge pins to buffalo bones. I'm not too sure if nut and saddle are made of plastic though. If so, I might have to do the same on both.
    Playability/comfort 9 - a lil buzzing on low E string when pressed on 5th fret. A good "buzz" though ;)
    Dependability 8 - needs retuning on the 1st and 2nd strings after 3-4 sets of hard strumming
    Fingerstyle 9 - width or gaps between strings are ideal
    Flatpick 9 - sweet sounding when using a wooden pick eg Timber Tone picks
    Strum 10 - very at home on strumming side specially on open tunings

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

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): John Pearse phosphor bronze 12-54

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: If lost? Definitely. But will it sound the same... Sell? Never.

    Overall Assessment: I've been happy with my 25th anniversary edition since time of purchase. And the tone just seems to keep getting sweeter.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: The arched back. So sexy!
    Least Appreciated: End pin. It should be brass instead of plastic. I might replace it in near future.
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: I play this geetar longer than any one in my collection.

    Other observations/comments: Sometimes when I'm not playing, I just love to ogle it.
    Guild D-55NT '82
    Guild JF-65 Bld 12s '90
    Guild D-25 25th anniv ed. '95
    Gibson Hummingbird 100th anniv ed. '94
    Gibson SJ-200 '02
    Martin D-28 '09
    Tacoma DR-20e2 (pre Fender)
    Tacoma JK-28ce (pre Fender)
    Taylor GS mini-E Koa FLTD
    Epiphone AJ-500R
    Yamaha FG512 '79 (12string open slot headstock)

    electrics:
    Fender Tele C025438 (MIJ)
    Ibanez pF-150

    \m/ Play Guitar \m/

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    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    How long: original owner, 37 years
    Year/model: 1973 (or was it 1974?), D25, archback, hog-top, cherry finish
    Purchased: new
    Price: traded in a cheap acoustic and paid $400 to a friend-of-a-friend's shop
    Ratings:
    Build quality: 10-- total tank
    Looks: 9-- stunning top, but a painted headstock logo
    Projection: 10-- monster
    Bass: 10-- ridiculous
    Sustain: 10-- huge
    Playability: 8-- fine, but a slightly high action -- I like it that way, since I can slam it hard
    Dependability: 10-- Only thing I've ever done is change strings and the old tuners to a set of Grovers; never adjusted anything. Period. Amazing.
    Fingerstyle: 9-- beautiful
    Flatpick: 10--even better
    Strum: 12--Enormous; its true strong suit
    Condition: 8--a little dented and scratched, but fine, thanks
    Strings: Martin Marquis Lights
    Buy another: Where?
    Most appreciated: gorgeous top, arched back
    Least appreciated: plastic end pin, bridge and nut

    Overall: Terrific. Of all my guitars, I'd keep this one. Even over the 1935 Regal dobro roundneck.
    Favorite story: a friend tried to swap me his Guild D44 straight across. No, thanks.
    Stuff:
    1973 Guild D25
    1983 Guild D15-12
    1935 Regal reso
    Republic Tricone
    US Hamer Archtop Studio
    US Washburn Laredo
    US Industrial LP
    US Lindert Skyliner LP
    US Lindert Locomotive T
    Squier Strat Bullet
    Epi LP sparkletop
    Epi Dot
    Jay Turser JT Res

  3. #13

    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-25: 1 month
    Year & specific model: 1977 D-25m
    Purchased new or used: Used
    Price paid: $500 W/ a new case

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

    Build quality 9
    Looks 9
    Projection 10
    Bass 10
    Mids 10
    Highs 9
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 8 the action is a little high but i dont want to mess with it
    Dependability i have only had it for a month
    Fingerstyle 8
    Flatpick 8
    Strum 10

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

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): lights

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: yes

    Overall Assessment: great,

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: The tone, warmth, sustain, projection, stock open tuners
    Least Appreciated: action, but the tone is worth it
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: the day i bought it

    Other observations/comments:

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    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Scratch
    How long have you owned the D-25: 36 years, original owner
    Year & specific model: '76 D-25M
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: $300 whsc

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

    Build quality 10
    Looks 10
    Projection 10
    Bass 10
    Mids 9
    Highs 8
    Sustain 10 all the way into next year
    Playability/comfort 10
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle 10
    Flatpick 10
    Strum 10

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Good, one repaired top crack by pickguard

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): D'Addario PB Mediums

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Absolutely

    Overall Assessment: A real workhorse but sings like an angel

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Tone/sustain

    Least Appreciated: the funky purple lining in the carry case

    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment: Practicing with the church band one day, standing next to the Music Director with his Taylor 800 series, when we were done the bass player (a music professor at a local college) strolled across the stage, came up to me and said "That guitar has a really beautiful tone, I could hear it way across the stage!" The Music Director, who had recently spent over $2K on his Taylor, just shook his head and smiled. :D

    Other observations/comments:
    Went out shopping for a Martin in '76, played a D-18, a 'hog Gibson, and the D-25M, bought the Guild because it was clearly superior in tone and beauty of the wood; it just looked and felt most like a fine handcrafted instrument than the others.
    "The air's as still as the throttle on a funeral train." John Prine

    '76 D-25M
    '99 DV-52ABHG
    '98 DeArmond Starfire Special
    Takamine Acoustic Flying "A"
    Crate CA-125D Acoustic Amp
    Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

  5. #15

    Re: D-25 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-25: 1973-present
    Year & specific model: 1972 D-25 (flatback)
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: (I forget - $250 or $400)

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

    Build quality: 9
    Looks 10
    Projection 7
    Bass 7
    Mids 10
    Highs 8
    Sustain 8
    Playability/comfort 9
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle 8
    Flatpick 8
    Strum 8

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor):
    (When I bought it or now?)

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): I don't know.

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes - used, not new.

    Overall Assessment: A classic.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: I love it all.
    Least Appreciated: N/A
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment:

    I gave it to one of my sons in 2003. He lived in New Orleans.
    He abandoned it during Katrina. He came back & it was out on
    a porch.

    Other observations/comments:
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    1972 D25 (flatback), 1997 F65ce.

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    How long have you owned the D-25: It's new to me
    Year & specific model: 1981 D-25 Cherry Top
    Purchased new or used: very used!
    Price paid: $430, inclsuing a brand new case

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

    Build quality 10
    Looks pretty dinged up, lots of mojo
    Projection 10, a boomer
    Bass 8, maybe a little bass heavy
    Mids 9
    Highs 10
    Sustain 8
    Playability/comfort fine with cowboy chords but the neck gets pretty chucky with barre chords
    Dependability 10. It's survived a lot of abuse
    Fingerstyle n/a
    Flatpick 9
    Strum 9

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): structurally 9, appearance 5.The saddle slot may need to be re-cut

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Bluegrass

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: maybe

    Overall Assessment:A fine example of the classic American dreadnaught. The tone is pretty impressive for a laminated back.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Tone, value
    Least Appreciated: It feels BIG!
    Favorite D-25 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments:
    Last edited by phinegan; 03-01-2014 at 07:37 PM.

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    Thanks phinegan!
    Now this thread is giving me GAS!
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