I've come across these forums numerous times while searching for Guild information,found it very useful and well, I have a bunch of questions so I thought I should sign up!
To give just a little back story - I have a 2009 USA Martin 00-15 that I bought after auditioning a lot of guitars which replaced a 2004 USA Martin 000x1 and before that a Taylor Big Baby I had previously. I thought the Martin sounded more warm and musical, as opposed to the Taylor sounding metallic and tinny if I'm being honest. I love the Martin but wanted a vintage/beater for the living room so I bought a 1971 (Made in Kalamazoo MI) Epiphone, it sounded decent however I quickly realized the neck was lifting and within a month was unplayable so I cut my losses and sold it. That's when I found these forums and went in search for a Guild. I bought a Guild m120 Mahogany which while stunning looking, felt cheap and sounded a step above a toy... apologies if I offend anyone. So again I turned around and sold.
I'm buying all these guitars used as I don't mind a few players nicks n bumps, I feel it adds character and generally with the older guitars I can buy American. That's when I came across the 1973 USA Guild D25 ... with a big hole in the side, nicks out of the headstock, repaired neck, drill holes in the bridge, scratches all over, chips, varnish build up, dust, dirt you name it, it had it. I took a gamble and at $300 I bought it. It arrived in a thin beat-up Dean box which I quickly un-packaged to make sure there was no further damage.
I've had the Guild D25 a little over a week and can easily say it's the best guitar I have ever played. It makes my Martin sound boxy and, well, a bit dead.
So here's the real question... Do I clean it? - I lightly dusted the inside and got clumps of dust and balls of hair (yuck!) as well as bits of wood from the damage. I started to give the body a light wipe with just water and a cloth and it's just moving the waxy(?) substance around and leaving nasty swirl marks on the body. I have a lemon oil for the fret board but I'm unsure how aggressive I can get with the body.
...would you clean it or leave it?
Cheers guys n gals!