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    Senior Member Rich Cohen's Avatar
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    D 30 vs. G 37

    This has probably been discussed before. What are the technical differences between the D 30 and the G 37?


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    1994 DV-72 (ex-richardp69)
    1995 JF-100 NT CRV (ex-richardp69)
    2000 JF-65CE Custom Shop (ex-richardp69)
    2002 D-55 NT

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    Rich,

    I own both, among others... and was just looking at another used local
    G37 yesterday afternoon on consignment at Music Folk in St. Louis.
    I may be mistaken but some 70's era
    G37s may have had mahogany necks - I'm just not sure that's exactly
    what I'm seeing in photo below from a G37 currently for sale on
    Reverb, but sure looks like it. I've never seen
    a D30 with anything other than a maple neck.

    The maple on both D30s I own has a fair amount of flame in it -
    can't recall seeing any G37s that had flame maple.

    My G37 feels noticeably heavy compared to the D30s - not sure what that's about
    as construction from what I've gleaned was similar between the two instruments.
    I need to have a guitar weighing party some day soon, should be some surprises.

    If I have my history mostly correct, the "G37" model name stopped being used around
    the mid 80's and "D30" was used instead.

    My G37 has a very different sound than the D30s, both of which are balanced but not
    volume monsters like my D25s. The G37 is a bit of a sonic puzzle to play - also not a volume box, but
    I'd describe the mid and low-range sustain as preternatural - think piano with the sustain pedal
    permanently floored - but I haven't quite figured out how to use / leverage that to best effect.
    Have not yet played another G37 to compare, but might get around to doing exactly that
    as early as tomorrow...

    Also posting a couple of bragging pics of my antique burst '80 G37... had seen
    very few burst G37s, found this one on CL (replete with bad pics and poor description)
    and had to have it!







    Last edited by Bonneville88; 08-18-2017 at 05:05 AM.

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    From my Dread spreadsheet (posted as a blog entry)

    G-37 (1972-1986) Spruce over arched maple; "morphed" into D-30 in 1987. Mahogany neck/silk-screen Guild headstock before 1976. Maple neck/Chesterfield after 1976.

    D-30 (1987-1995) Spruce over arched maple; scalloped braces. Re-number of G-37.

    SO, according to my notes, the D-30 got scalloped braces, while the G-37 braces were straight.
    Dave

    '72 D-35 (Jan '73)
    '81 D-46NT (Oct '07)
    '94 DV-72NT (turquoise; Jan '16)
    '94 DV-72NT MK (malachite; Oct '14)
    '95 DV-73 NT HG (Aug '12)
    Gone but not forgotten
    '71 D-44NT (2008-2015)
    '74 G-37Bld (2006-2015)
    '74 D-25M (2006-2015)
    '76 D-50NT (2009-2016)
    '78 D-35 (1986-2007)
    '92 D-55 (2007-2014)


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    Senior Member davismanLV's Avatar
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    Dave always comes to the rescue!! Good job, amigo!!

    Now the G-45 was super similar but with fancy trappings, yes? But a maple neck I think. Then my D65S is a mod on the G-45 with a D55 neck and some fancy trappings and a limited run. As far as I know. I've been wrong before..... well, just the one time.....
    Tom in Vegas

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    My G-37 was built in 1976, and has a one-piece mahogany neck with silkscreened headstock logo. The mahogany is quite light in color. The guitar is heavily built, but has a rather bright & responsive tone, typical of many maple bodied guitars.

    The transition to a maple neck & chesterfield logo appears to have taken place mid-stream during the '76 model year.
    Current: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40nt / '76 G-37bld / '92 D-6nt-hg / '94 JF-30nt / '97 Starfire III / '14 Savoy A-150b
    Plus: Many Gibsons (acoustics & electrics), and a couple of Martins

    Past: F-20, F-30, F-40, D-40 in the '70s

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    B88 - The D-30 climbed up in the weight bracket in the 90's. Mine weighs about 3000 lbs. However, there is a pretty significant boom coming out of it despite its heft thanks to arched back. Also went to the snakehead in the 90's ( not sure which year ). Mine is a '97. Maple all the way around. When I bought mine in 2013 it had been in someone's closet hardly played. It had a smaller voice, so I did what any good guitar owner would do and played the hell out of it. Now I cant get it to shut up. Never played a G-37 but I know there are many who love them and the D-30 was the model that replaced it in the lineup.

    Guilds:
    '94 D-30 AB Westerly
    '08 GAD F40P AMB

    Others:
    '15 Eastman E-6D Natural Dread w/ LB6 Installed
    '89 Strat Projectcaster Marvel's Daredevil "Devilcaster" w/ Duncan Designed single coils
    '16 Fender Squier CV Strat Burgundy Mist w/ MIM Maple Classic Player 50's Neck

    Amps / Pedals:
    Crate Palomino V32 Class A tube amp
    Fender Champion 100 SS Combo
    MXR Dyna Comp
    MXR Classic Distortion
    Boss Super OD

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    Correction: Mine is a '94 :)
    Guilds:
    '94 D-30 AB Westerly
    '08 GAD F40P AMB

    Others:
    '15 Eastman E-6D Natural Dread w/ LB6 Installed
    '89 Strat Projectcaster Marvel's Daredevil "Devilcaster" w/ Duncan Designed single coils
    '16 Fender Squier CV Strat Burgundy Mist w/ MIM Maple Classic Player 50's Neck

    Amps / Pedals:
    Crate Palomino V32 Class A tube amp
    Fender Champion 100 SS Combo
    MXR Dyna Comp
    MXR Classic Distortion
    Boss Super OD

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    D30man... gawd... LOVE that burst... WOWEEEEEE!

    So... you play it right into the giant fan / swamp cooler for some really weird
    acoustic special effects... right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonneville88 View Post
    D30man... gawd... LOVE that burst... WOWEEEEEE!

    So... you play it right into the giant fan / swamp cooler for some really weird
    acoustic special effects... right?
    Acoustic feed back!!!!!! Yeah I have to get them to move that damn thing every time I play there but they do.
    Guilds:
    '94 D-30 AB Westerly
    '08 GAD F40P AMB

    Others:
    '15 Eastman E-6D Natural Dread w/ LB6 Installed
    '89 Strat Projectcaster Marvel's Daredevil "Devilcaster" w/ Duncan Designed single coils
    '16 Fender Squier CV Strat Burgundy Mist w/ MIM Maple Classic Player 50's Neck

    Amps / Pedals:
    Crate Palomino V32 Class A tube amp
    Fender Champion 100 SS Combo
    MXR Dyna Comp
    MXR Classic Distortion
    Boss Super OD

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    Snakeheads came to many of the Guild dreads ~1987. IIRC, it was a Gruhn "thing."
    Dave

    '72 D-35 (Jan '73)
    '81 D-46NT (Oct '07)
    '94 DV-72NT (turquoise; Jan '16)
    '94 DV-72NT MK (malachite; Oct '14)
    '95 DV-73 NT HG (Aug '12)
    Gone but not forgotten
    '71 D-44NT (2008-2015)
    '74 G-37Bld (2006-2015)
    '74 D-25M (2006-2015)
    '76 D-50NT (2009-2016)
    '78 D-35 (1986-2007)
    '92 D-55 (2007-2014)


    All my Guilds, past and present (pics)...
    My Soundclick! page...

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