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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    I probably shoulda said "keepers".
    My biggest problem is I have 20 "Keepers" so when it comes time to sell something I just can't bring myself to do it. I know this is a First world problem and all but it really sucks not to have a few "Culling" guitars around that you can justify selling.

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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.
    https://baltimore.craigslist.org/msg...253834511.html

    Rich
    Thanks Rich. That D-50 is pretty close to me (GAS Attack)... I would need to move a J-45 to proudly make room for it! :)

  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by Cougar View Post
    Why vintage? Why not one of the more recent ones out of Corona or Tacoma or New Hartford? They're less likely to 'need work' for one thing. And why dread, for that matter? Get your hands on a jumbo F-50 or F-412 out of any of those shops, and it doesn't get any better. I just shipped off another Epiphone today. The JF30-12 and F50R are monopolizing the play time.

    I stumbled onto a 1970s D-50 in my local shop and returned many times to play it. I already have a Guild F2512 and it is scratching my jumbo/12 string itch. Really enjoy that guitar. I just want that tone and sound I heard in the D-50 (but I'm looking more in the 700-800 range) Very much want to try the new D-20s out as well.

    Until then, just saving money and prowling CL and ebay for Guilds

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    Quote Originally Posted by troystory92 View Post
    I just want that tone and sound I heard in the D-50 (but I'm looking more in the 700-800 range) Very much want to try the new D-20s out as well.
    HI Troystory, welcome aboard!
    I don't think the new D20 is gonna scratch that vintage D50 itch.
    For one thing the D20's an all-'hog design, while the D50 was sitka top rosewood b/s.
    We also know the D20's are using a bolt-on mortise/tenon neck joint whereas all D50's were true dovetails, and D20's are catalyzed varnish finish whereas all D50's got NCL finish.
    So I'd expect the collective influence of those build differences to yield different sound palettes, besides the aged opened up woods of the D50.
    BUT if you're just curious to hear how the D20's sound, well, so am I!
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    I've tried to adopt a "one in / one out" rule, but my collection *somehow* seems to grow by about a half-dozen guitars each year. Weird.


    Quote Originally Posted by txbumper57 View Post
    My biggest problem is I have 20 "Keepers" so when it comes time to sell something I just can't bring myself to do it. I know this is a First world problem and all but it really sucks not to have a few "Culling" guitars around that you can justify selling.

    TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileypickett View Post
    I've tried to adopt a "one in / one out" rule, but my collection *somehow* seems to grow by about a half-dozen guitars each year. Weird.
    You can account for the ones you purchase legitimately but the problems start when you leave them alone in the Music room next to one another and they start multiplying on their own. Unfortunately I haven't found a way to counter that effect yet. LOL!

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    Hoboken-1960 X175, 1961 SF-II
    Westerly-1971 F612, 1976 G41, 2000 SF-V, 1984 S284, 1993 JF100-NT-CRV
    Nashville C.S. SFIV-3 P90 w/Trem
    Corona-2003 Fleming F47-Brz RW, 2003 D55 50th Ann. Brz RW#10 of 50, 2003 X160 R.B., 2003 SF-III-90
    Conn-2011 GSR D50 Coco, 2013 R30S, 2013 Orph 12 Fret Slope, 2013 Orph Jumbo, 2014 Orph Burst 000-12 Fret 12 String S.H. RW, 2012 F50-DTAR, 2012 F50R Burst, 2012 F50R DTAR, 2013 F512 Burst, 2014 F512-DTAR, 2014 D55-RS

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    93 Sequoia

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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    HI Troystory, welcome aboard!
    I don't think the new D20 is gonna scratch that vintage D50 itch.
    For one thing the D20's an all-'hog design, while the D50 was sitka top rosewood b/s.
    We also know the D20's are using a bolt-on mortise/tenon neck joint whereas all D50's were true dovetails, and D20's are catalyzed varnish finish whereas all D50's got NCL finish.
    So I'd expect the collective influence of those build differences to yield different sound palettes, besides the aged opened up woods of the D50.
    BUT if you're just curious to hear how the D20's sound, well, so am I!
    All I've heard is a sound clip of the D-20 from the acoustig guitar mag guy on youtube. It blew me away and sounds exactly like what I'm looking for. The aged sitka/rosewood combo sounded great as well. An old D-25 may scratch the itch as well. Who knows

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    I prefer rosewood/spruce guitars. I have 2 mid '70's F50 R 's, a '69 F512, 1970 F612, '85 F512, '75 F212 and a 2 year old GAD F1512. With that being said, I also have a GAD 40 cutaway that I bought 10 plus years ago and play quite a bit. (I've been very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the GAD series guitars.) I have found that the maple guitars are just a little too "trebly" for me. You also must keep in mind, with any vintage guitar, that a neck reset is almost considered routine maintenance, and can be somewhat costly. Also, when Guild was bought out by the group headed by George Gruhn, the quality went down. They started using cheaper finishes which definitely affected the sound.
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    I am currently on a downward trend, and there is actually room in my guitar storage unit for the first time since I constructed it. I can think of three, perhaps four, more that will be out the door shortly, leaving me with just three dynamite acoustics, three NYC Guild archtops and a couple resonators. Along with several beaters (D-25 and F-20), and my 12-string. And, of course, my lifelong buddy, the D-35.
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    Others: '34 Martin 0-18K, '34 Martin 0-17, '74 Dobro Round-Neck Resonator (wood), '87 Dobro Square-Neck Resonator (wood), '04 Huss & Dalton TD-R, '07 Rockbridge Adi/Mahogany dreadnought, '14 Huss & Dalton DS Crossroads, Tele Partscaster.

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