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    Senior Member Rich Cohen's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    Try to find a DV-52 in good condition.
    Dreadnut's right. For the price of the D-50 I mentioned earlier, you can get a DV-52, and they are a cut above of the D-50.
    Westerly: 1973 F-512, 1976 G-41, 1993 JF-100NT CRV
    Nashville: 1997 45th Anniversary (#32 of 45)
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    And / or, a late-model DV-6. Hadn't thought about that.
    1967 MK-VI Artist Special (Hoboken - Jacobs restoration 2018) - "The Mark"
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Other 12ers:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Cohen View Post
    Hi Troy,
    Here's a link to what appears to be a vintage D - 50 in very good condition in the northern Virginia area, at a fair price of $1,100. I have no connection to the seller.

    I'm thinking it is closer to Baltimore than DC. Just as well since being an enabler would be difficult with "NO third party sales".
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    What he said.
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    Frono: You are correct----again.

    '67 Starfire I Bass (Cherry)
    '71 JS II Bass (Walnut)
    '82 B-50 Acoustic Bass (Natural)
    '87 Pilot (Black)
    '13 Newark Street Starfire Bass (Cherry)
    '16 Betts Bass "Walnut Bottom"

    LMG I, II, III

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    And / or, a late-model DV-6. Hadn't thought about that.
    Westerlys were 'hog, and Tacomas were rosewood, but don't forget the very late ones were made in Mexico in Fender's Ensenada facility.
    When introduced in Westerly it was actually filled the D40 slot for awhile, which was on hiatus for some reason..
    It filled the D50 "Standard" slot in Tacoma when Tacoma went to adi-topped D50 Bluegrass Specials.
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    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    And / or, a late-model DV-6. Hadn't thought about that.
    Tacoma DV-6 = dreadnought rosewood back and sides. Around$650-$900 and good values. Westerly DV-6 =dreadnought mahogany back and sides around same price point. Stay away from the made in Mexico DV-6.

    Westerly DV-6 , D-40, and D-6 are all mahogany dreads. There's also the D-35, another mahogany dread.
    '69 Yamaha FG-110 (folks)
    '08 DV-6 (8th Street Music)
    '72 F-212XL (ex-idealassets - with a nephew)
    '83 D-35 (ex-Walking Man, ex-Qvart)
    '93 JF4-12 (ex-grumpyguybill)
    '07 F-47R (ex-mikemo6string)
    '74 G-37 (ex-Gardman, ex-Neal)
    '94 D-6 (CL)
    '61 F-40B (ex-Walking Man)
    GAD F-130R NAT (ex-Killdeer43, ex-Jeffcoop,)
    GAD-30 NAT (ex-Killdeer43, ex-Geoguy - with a different nephew)
    GAD D125-12 (ex-BoneDigger)
    NS SFIV-ST (ex-BoneDigger)
    '99 DeArmond M-75
    '13 Orpheum 14-Fret RW Dreadnought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Cohen View Post
    Dreadnut's right. For the price of the D-50 I mentioned earlier, you can get a DV-52, and they are a cut above of the D-50.
    Mostly correct, until they quit making DV-52's, then at some point they started producing upgraded D-50's with the DV-52 parts and specs - scalloped top bracing, ebony bridge, ebony fingerboard, ebony headstock overlay, abalone soundhole purfling...
    The Tacoma-built D-50's are real gems.
    "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

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    I'm partial to pre 73 mahogany/spruce dreads. If you could pick one up and then a later Westerly, you would find out how much lighter they are. They are also likely to need some work. Can't have it both ways.

    Then again, a D 55 is a sweet guitar.

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    Find a 63/64 Braz 1 3/4 and you will never look back, pricey in exec. condition but it will be better and cheaper then a Gibson/Martin with more vibe.

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    Stop confusing the boy...I have never known a d50 owner whoever thought he should have bought another model or brand. Do yourself a favor and try one out

    Uncle tony

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    Amen Uncle Tony. I've owned (I think) every model mentioned but I agree with your D 50 assessment. (I wish you were really my Uncle)
    -Plenty enough Guilds, Martins and Gibsons to keep me happy and 3 really nice Chinese Blueridge gitfiddles as well.

    "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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