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    D-55 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-55:
    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-55 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments:
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    Re: D-55 LTG Owner Review

    How long have you owned the D-55: 4.5 yrs
    Year & specific model: 2006 D-55NT
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: $2000

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

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

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

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Light gauge Phosphor Bronze

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes

    Overall Assessment: Great guitar. It's my main gigging axe and I've logged a LOT of time on her. I had a Fishman Matrix pup added when I bought it new and that works fine with this guitar into my Fender Acoustasonic Junior DSP amp.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Looks, easy playability, great sound.
    Least Appreciated: This one developed some problems in the finish on top. There are some streaks where I guess the lacquer didn't take right. This is something you should never see in a quality guitar like this, IMO.
    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment: As my main gigging axe, this one gets a lot of compliments.

    Other observations/comments: With the exception of a couple of small streaks in the top finish, this is just a super instrument. Once again, the Tacoma folks did a superb job!

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    Re: D-55 LTG Owner Review

    How long have you owned the D-55: This one...less than a year.
    Year & specific model: April 2008 Tacoma built D-55 Sunburst
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: Very Fair Market Price

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

    Build quality: 9.5
    Looks: 10
    Projection: 7
    Bass: 10
    Mids: 10
    Highs: 10
    BALANCE: 10
    SMOOTHNESS: 10
    Sustain: 8
    Playability/comfort: 9 playability / 5 comfort
    Dependability: 9
    Fingerstyle: 8.5
    Flatpick: 9.5
    Strum: 10


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

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Light gauge P/B D'addario or DR so far

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Absolutely

    Overall Assessment: Magical combo of power and finesse with great balance and a trademark smoothness in tone that I have yet to experience with any other brand or model for that matter. It does a very wide range of things well and feels and looks great. Kind of big and heavy to handle, but worth the effort.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Tone
    Least Appreciated:Size/Weight
    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment: When my six year old saw it for the first time and said, "Daddy, that is beautiful!"

    Other observations/comments: Get yourself one.
    Michael

    1964 Guild F30 sunburst
    2010 Huss+Dalton DS sunburst








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    Re: D-55 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-55: 4 yrs
    Year & specific model: 1992 D-55NT
    Purchased new or used: Used
    Price paid: $1110 w/o case

    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
    Playability/comfort: 10 (a typical full-sized dread, with a neck to die for)
    Dependability: Not rated
    Fingerstyle: 10
    Flatpick: Not rated
    Strum: 10
    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): V. Good, except for the moderate-severe finish checking she suffered enroute to me.
    Favorite Strings (one selection only): John Pearse Phosphor Bronze light gauge
    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes.
    Overall Assessment: 9.7

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Rich, majestic tone, and a great playing neck.
    Least Appreciated: Another heavy one (5# 14 oz).

    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment:
    Other observations/comments: Mine has scalloped braces (introduced ~'91?).
    Dave

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    '81 D-46NT (Oct '07)
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    '92 D-55 (2007-2014)


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    Re: D-55 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-55: 1 month
    Year & specific model: 2001 westerly d55 sunburst, fishman agp-2
    Purchased new or used: used
    Price paid: just right

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

    Build quality 10
    Looks 11
    Projection 9
    Bass 9
    Mids 9
    Highs 9
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 10
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle 10
    Flatpick 10
    Strum 11

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): excellent
    Would you buy another if lost/sold: absolutely
    Overall Assessment: finally found my ideal d55. Everything I want in a guitar.
    Plays like a dream, but you gotta have the eye candy too and this is a beautiful instrument. Love the factory installed electronics too. Fairly rare option. So clean it doesn't even have a strap peg installed yet. Yummy.
    Least Appreciated: huh? Ok...mmmmmm... Maybe there's a little wear on the tuner finish. I guess I also wish I could more easily determine it's build date. It would be nice to have a yearly birthday party.
    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment: had this shipped 200 miles in single digit temperatures. I spent a terrified 24 hours before opening the case and found it in perfect condition!

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    93 Takamine FP350smc sb
    58 Hammond B3
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    08 Yamaha Motif XS8

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    Re: D-55 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-55: 2 weeks
    Year & specific model: 2009 New Hartford D-55 (Natural finish)
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: $1789

    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 10
    Highs 10
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 10
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle 9
    Flatpick 10
    Strum 10

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

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): D'Addario EXP 17 Coated Phosphor Bronze, (.013-.056 Gauges)

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Absolutely

    Overall Assessment: This is the best acoustic guitar I have ever played, hands down.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: The action right out of the box is fantastic, no adjustments necessary.
    Least Appreciated: I wish the fingerboard was a tad wider but I am adjusting.

    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment: I purchased my baby from Space Music in North Miami, I went in there 1-2 times a week just to play the different acoustics, I always kept going back to the D-55 as it had a very distinct and powerful sound. I kept talking about it to my wife and she wanted me to get it, I kept putting it off due to other financial priorities. She got home from work a couple of Saturday's ago and said "let's go", we jumped in the car and headed to the music store, she walked in and asked me which guitar it was, took it off the wall, and we were out of the store in 5 minutes with my D-55 in hand. Is that a great woman or what??? I will never forget that day, I simply have a hard time putting my D-55 down, I LOVE IT!

    Other observations/comments: You can pay thousands more for a Gibson or a Martin but the Guild D-55 is right up there with anything put out by the other manufacturers.

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    Re: D-55 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-55:15 years I think
    Year & specific model:D 55 label says built in RI
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid:Less then the $3200 list price

    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 10
    Highs 10
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 20
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle 10
    Flatpick 20
    Strum 10

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Mint
    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Guild 350

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: yes

    Overall Assessment: My best guitar to play

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: everything
    Least Appreciated: none
    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments: everyone who plays it can not believe how great the guitsr is

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    Re: D-55 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the D-55: 2 WEEKS
    Year & specific model: 2001 WESTERLY
    Purchased new or used: USED
    Price paid: $1550 and 795 MILES

    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 10
    Highs 10
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 10
    Dependability TIME WILL TELL
    Fingerstyle 10
    Flatpick DON'T USE
    Strum 10

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

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): MARTIN Lifespan 11-052

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: YES

    Overall Assessment: LOVE IT SO FAR

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: IT BELONGS TO ME
    Least Appreciated: HAVE NOT FOUND IT YET
    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment: SO FAR, DRIVING 800 MILES TO GET IT

    Other observations/comments: SOUNDS BETTER THAN MY OLD F-50SB
    Last edited by ALLENB; 08-13-2013 at 05:35 PM.
    Allen

    1970 Martin D28S
    2001 Guild D-55
    2011 Fender Telecaster

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    How long have you owned the D-55: 4 years
    Year & specific model: 2005 D-55 Antique Sunburst
    Purchased new or used: Used
    Price paid: $975 (an incredible bargain)

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

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

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

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): D'addario Medium Phosphor Bronze

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes

    Overall Assessment: The most beautiful sounding, best looking, easiest playing guitar I've ever held in my hands.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Sweetness and fullness of sound.
    Least Appreciated: None
    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment: The first time I played a chord, it sounded like bells from heaven. I knew I was home.

    Other observations/comments: This is the one guitar in my herd that whomever plays it falls in love with it.

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    How long have you owned the D-55: 8 years
    Year & specific model: D-55 NT
    Purchased new or used: Used
    Price paid: $1000 incl OHSC

    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 10
    Highs 10
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 8
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle 10
    Flatpick 10
    Strum 10

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Excellent Looks new except gold plating worn on tuners

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): John Pearse 610LM Silk Phos Bronze

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes

    Overall Assessment: Best acoustic guitar I have owned

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Projection and Balance
    Least Appreciated: Weight is a bit heavy neck width at nut could be wider.
    Favorite D-55 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments:


    Last edited by suave eddie; 02-02-2015 at 06:36 PM.

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