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    Label penmanship on Tacoma Guilds

    Penmanship on my Westerley DV52 is legible and that is all that is important, really, but the Tacoma penmanship is so clean and clear. I am thinking if Guild pays that much attention to labels the guitar has to be as near flawless as they could possibly make it. Strike anyone else in such a positive way?
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    1993 Guild DV52 NT
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    Super Moderator chazmo's Avatar
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    :) Hah, Stu. You should see some of the old Westerly labels. :)

    It's actually a little silly that they didn't pay more attention to the labels back in the day. These days, though, since (sadly) there's no neck-branded serial number, the label is all-important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neal
    I am going to hang onto this little F-20 and play it as a reminder that life is sometimes rough, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the damage you accrue along the way defines who you are.
    Quote Originally Posted by marcellis
    Growing old is a bitch.
    Guild 12-strings:
    1978 G-312NT (Westerly) - "Franzz",
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Non-Guild 12s:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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    Help Wanted: Good penmanship a must. Must be willing to spend hours sitting or standing. Must be able to withstand sticky surfaces. If monotony is 'your thing'...we are interested in YOU.
    D-40 Std New Hartford 2012
    F-30NT Westerly 1974
    M-20 Hoboken 1968
    Yamaha FG-110
    D-50NT Westerly 1978 (unfortunately sold)

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    Not sure about the penmanship correlation, but if you can find a Tacoma-built D-50, buy it! Best sounding Guild I ever played in Elderly's showroom. It sounded pretty much exactly like my DV-52, so I wasn't inclined to buy it, was listed new at about $1,500 at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    :) Hah, Stu. You should see some of the old Westerly labels. :)

    It's actually a little silly that they didn't pay more attention to the labels back in the day. These days, though, since (sadly) there's no neck-branded serial number, the label is all-important.
    The label in the Hoboken F30 I just got looks like it was written by my grandmother while she was jotting a note to get eggs from the grocery store. One of the things that adds character to our Guilds...I like the quirkiness.
    '56 Guild X50
    '67 Guild F30SB Hog/Sitka
    '73 Guild D25 Hog/Hog Flatback
    '79 Guild F50 Maple/Sitka
    '84 Guild D66 RW/Sitka
    '11 Guild F47 RW/Adi
    '14 Guild F50R RW/Sitka

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    I used to joke that the most often used line in the labeling department at Westerly was, "Does anybody have a pen?" All different colors and styles of pens were used and sometimes deciphering what they said was a real challenge. One exception at Westerly was my limited edition D65S from 1994. All 20 labels are the same and written so cleanly and carefully with the (at that time) owner of the company's signature. Best labels EVER!!

    Tom in Vegas

    Use the good china. Life itself is the special occasion.

    Guild D65s, 1994
    Guild DV72, 1994
    Taylor GC8, 2011
    Breedlove Oregon Concert Rogue 4/12/2016
    Washburn EA-20 "Festival Series", 1995

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    Don't get me started on the penmanship on the Guild labels....

    Some guitar makers put great pride in the penmanship on their labels, others could care less.

    I still have busted knuckles from the nuns that disapproved of the lack of quality of my penmanship in gradeschool. So, I am keenly aware of the penmanship of others.

    Tommy

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    Is there a reason why Guild has chosen not to put the serial number on the back of the headstock? When did it stop? Someone's decision I'm sure, "WRONG"!

    Ralph

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    Ralph, the branded headstock stamp ended when Guild moved to Tacoma in 2005.
    Quote Originally Posted by Neal
    I am going to hang onto this little F-20 and play it as a reminder that life is sometimes rough, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the damage you accrue along the way defines who you are.
    Quote Originally Posted by marcellis
    Growing old is a bitch.
    Guild 12-strings:
    1978 G-312NT (Westerly) - "Franzz",
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Non-Guild 12s:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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    And I agree with Ralph that discontinuation of the serial number stamping was a BAD idea. Labels are much easier to fake and tamper with. Or to lose altogether!
    Tom in Vegas

    Use the good china. Life itself is the special occasion.

    Guild D65s, 1994
    Guild DV72, 1994
    Taylor GC8, 2011
    Breedlove Oregon Concert Rogue 4/12/2016
    Washburn EA-20 "Festival Series", 1995

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