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    Thunder Star Amp

    Hey folks. I found a guy locally with a Thunder Star amp he's selling. He's got it listed at $300 and is likely open to offers so first off, is that a decent price?? (assuming no tube/speaker/controls etc. issues).

    I've never owned anything Guild like this. If I remember right though it does have tremolo and reverb operated by a foot switch, 1 12" speaker and is two channel, right?

    I don't know much more about it at the moment. I'm just trying to decide if it's worth going after. Any help/comments appreciated.
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    Steve!!! Got room for one more amp?
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    Geez!!!! I didn't know Guild made so many different models.
    -A whole lotta Guilds, mostly acoustic but a few nice electric pieces as well

    -Not nearly so many Martins, Gibsons and Taylors

    -2 Chinese Blueridges and 1 Epi Masterbilt



    "I Hope To Die Young At A Very Old Age"

    I've found that the secret to having a very happy life is to have very low expectations

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    im a big fan of mine!

    http://www.letstalkguild.com/ltg/sho...derstar-1-x-12

    but im not sure how popular they are other than that. and plus you dont play electrics too often? so unless it is super clean and super complete, i wouldnt jump too fast. it might be tough to re-sell. $300 is definitely a great price, but they are big and its still significant money to most people. with that said they are wonderful amplifiers.

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    I love mine too, and that's a great price, depending on how much work it needs. Ask if it's been serviced lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp69 View Post
    Geez!!!! I didn't know Guild made so many different models.
    Given the comments about how the forum appears different on different browsers I wasn't sure if you could see the sticky, so figured it couldn't hurt...
    Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesypicky View Post
    Steve!!! Got room for one more amp?
    I need a better photo host! I have not been the picture of financial restraint lately.
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

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    I had one, loved it. Somebody had taken the vibrato chip out and we put back the wrong one so it sounded like vibrato at the speed of sound. I wish that I had a chance to know what the vibrato was supposed to sound like.

    I don't think I'd pay more than $200. You'll put another $200 in it getting it into shape, sooner or later unless you're a repairman. They're worth about $500 tops and outside of this fine group of learned musicians, there's not much demand.
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
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    I perfer the Guild guitar amps that use the 7591 power tubes. The amps using these tubes are the first two Thunderbird models, the Thunderstar and the Maverick. Great sounding amps!

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