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    D40nt

    I just got a 1977 D40 that has those crystal clear bell tones. What a great contrast
    to my incredibly mellow Mark 5! The D40 did come with Gibson tuners and I am
    thinking about switching back to original Guild tuners. Any opinions?
    1985 Westerly Mark 5
    1977 Westerly D40NT
    1977 Westerly D40CNT (sold)
    1997 Westerly D55NT (sold)
    1977 Westerly D35NT (sold)
    2008 Tacoma F512NT (sold)

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    Any opinions?

    As far as D-40's, I love mine. It's a NH model. Would love to try a D-40 from that era.

    As far as originality, not a deal killer for me if the price reflected that. I may be in the minority here on that.

    I like mojo on a used guitar unless it is some type of investment example.

    I'll beat Davisman and Killdeer: Unless there are pictures it ain't happened.
    Orpheum Orchestra 12 Fret Slot Head MH
    NH 2011 D-40 Standard
    Westerly F-312
    Westerly JF-30-12
    Westerly Songbird
    Madeira A-2...(don't laugh!)

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    Do you have the originals? If not, they probably were Japanese tuners like this:




    These are from my (now departed) '74 G-37... not the best tuners, but I never had any trouble with them. They show up occasionally on eBay, or member Hans Moust might be able to help you.
    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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    Congratulations Gary,
    Mahogany is king!
    Michael

    1964 Guild F30 sunburst
    2010 Huss+Dalton DS sunburst








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    I own a 1978 D40. Everything is original(except for the nut), but I must say the guitar has some mojo. I'll defer to others on replacing the tuners.
    1978 Guild D-40
    1998 Vagabond Travel Guitar http://www.stringsmith.com
    2015 Guild OM-140CE Sunburst Westerly Collection

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    I bought an F-40 new in the late '70s. It was a very nice instrument - one of many I probably should have kept. It had a chesterfield headstock & I believe those same tuners as on GardMan's G-37. The same tuners also are on my current '76 G-37, and they still work very well.

    My replacement for the D-40 is a '92 D-6nt-hg, which is virtually a clone of the D-40, but with a snakehead headstock & slightly different pickguard shape. Very nice tone, playability, and wood on this one!
    > Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40nt / '76 G-37bld / '92 D-6nt-hg / '94 JF-30nt / '97 Starfire III / '14 Savoy A-150b
    > Gibsons: '22 "A" Mandolin / '66 ES-125T / '66 Epi Cortez (B-25) / '90 Tennessean / '00 J-100xt / '02 J-45 RW / '02 SG / '06 ES-335 / '09 ES-339 / '10 ES-330L / '11 ES-335 P90s / '12 ES-330 VOS / '12 LP Special / '12 J-185 / '13 LG-2 / '13 Midtown Kalamazoo / '14 J-15
    > Epis: '00 AIUSA Sheraton / '05 McCartney Texan / '09 Elitist Casino
    > Martins: '00 OOO-16 / '01 Custom RW D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobouz View Post
    I bought an F-40 new in the late '70s. It was a very nice instrument - one of many I probably should have kept. It had a chesterfield headstock & I believe those same tuners as on GardMan's G-37. The same tuners also are on my current '76 G-37, and they still work very well.

    My replacement for the D-40 is a '92 D-6nt-hg, which is virtually a clone of the D-40, but with a snakehead headstock & slightly different pickguard shape. Very nice tone, playability, and wood on this one!
    Ooooo do we have pics of said wood ? Love grain patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayk View Post
    Ooooo do we have pics of said wood ? Love grain patterns.
    Ray - Haven't ever gotten the hang of the pic posting thing, but I can email pics if you'd like to PM me. I'm not talking about exotic figuring or anything like that. Rather, just some very nice straight & slightly wide-grained spruce & nicely shaded mahogany on a near-mint body..... Bob
    > Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40nt / '76 G-37bld / '92 D-6nt-hg / '94 JF-30nt / '97 Starfire III / '14 Savoy A-150b
    > Gibsons: '22 "A" Mandolin / '66 ES-125T / '66 Epi Cortez (B-25) / '90 Tennessean / '00 J-100xt / '02 J-45 RW / '02 SG / '06 ES-335 / '09 ES-339 / '10 ES-330L / '11 ES-335 P90s / '12 ES-330 VOS / '12 LP Special / '12 J-185 / '13 LG-2 / '13 Midtown Kalamazoo / '14 J-15
    > Epis: '00 AIUSA Sheraton / '05 McCartney Texan / '09 Elitist Casino
    > Martins: '00 OOO-16 / '01 Custom RW D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobouz View Post
    Ray - Haven't ever gotten the hang of the pic posting thing, but I can email pics if you'd like to PM me. I'm not talking about exotic figuring or anything like that. Rather, just some very nice straight & slightly wide-grained spruce & nicely shaded mahogany on a near-mint body..... Bob
    Posting is easy ! Pm sent or sending lol

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