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    A Quick D25 Hog Hit

    It's ridiculous how good the D25 all hog flatback is - not even factoring in price.

    That is all.
    '56 Guild X50
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    '84 Guild D66 RW/Sitka
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    *like (and agree heavilly)

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    Honestly never played one, only arched back. I know they get love here and I think they are beautiful guits. D25's might just have to win overall best bang for buck against any brand. They are dynamos and you can still find them between $500 - $700. My best sounding guitar ever was a 1979 cherry red D-25 and I have owned D-50, D-30, a few realy good Chinese GADs and it beat them all. Had significant neck issues and a failed attempt at a re-set. Sold it. Dynamite guitar. Dark and loud. I sold the same guy my D-30 here recently. Sooooooooo yes cant beat a D-25.
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    '15 Eastman E-6D Natural Dread w/ LB6 Installed
    '89 Strat MIJ Projectcaster Marvel's Daredevil "Devilcaster" w/ Might Mite Maple neck & '91 Fender American P/U's
    '16 Tele Partscaster w/ MIM Fender RW Neck & USA Seymour Duncan Bridge P/U
    '17 LTD EC-401QM Frankenpaul ( originally found in 3 pieces in a Guitar Center dumpster )

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixx View Post
    It's ridiculous how good the D25 all hog flatback is - not even factoring in price.

    That is all.
    While I have been known to complain about mine, last night as I was playing the Br thru the PA, in the mix of full band, and I was able to hear it out in the larger area, I too was amazed by its great tone. and all I got is a simple passive K&K mini pup, not a whole lot of touchup at the soundboard either.

    and I been using these 4-6 week old cheap Martin PB light gauge strings. the strings cost me $2.85. the D25 Br was $225 back in 1971. I paid $500 for it 4 or 5 years ago. I have put like $700 into it, a neck reset, some other stuff along the way.

    I have no real explanation for the Guild model's greatness even as its low end dread, it is a Guild, that is the answer.
    Wood

    1971 D25 Br--ol' Flattop
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    "i think that you are the only one i know of that considers the 1973-1974 mahogany top/arch back D-25 a "holy grail" guitar"--mav

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westerly Wood View Post
    While I have been known to complain about mine, last night as I was playing the Br thru the PA, in the mix of full band, and I was able to hear it out in the larger area, I too was amazed by its great tone. and all I got is a simple passive K&K mini pup, not a whole lot of touchup at the soundboard either.

    and I been using these 4-6 week old cheap Martin PB light gauge strings. the strings cost me $2.85. the D25 Br was $225 back in 1971. I paid $500 for it 4 or 5 years ago. I have put like $700 into it, a neck reset, some other stuff along the way.

    I have no real explanation for the Guild model's greatness even as its low end dread, it is a Guild, that is the answer.
    And how about the arch back D25M's ?.....or arch back D-25's? Similarly great?...or is this just among the flat back models?
    D-40 Std New Hartford 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitarkus View Post
    And how about the arch back D25M's ?.....or arch back D-25's? Similarly great?...or is this just among the flat back models?
    they are both great, and one day I hope to own an arched back D25, as most of those have spruce tops. Big loud sound too. The flats are darker in sound, not as loud, but definitely cuts thru well and gritty. Sound being so objective of course :)
    Wood

    1971 D25 Br--ol' Flattop
    https://soundcloud.com/woody-adams/sets/not-metal

    "i think that you are the only one i know of that considers the 1973-1974 mahogany top/arch back D-25 a "holy grail" guitar"--mav

    "always confront the load facing it directly"--nuuska

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitarkus View Post
    And how about the arch back D25M's ?.....or arch back D-25's? Similarly great?...or is this just among the flat back models?
    A '79 like D30man mentions would be a spruce-topped archback which would be by far the most common type, built from at least '76-97.
    An all-hog archback would be the rarest having be built for only approximately 2-3 years roughly '73-'74 but we've seen some "outliers" from that range.
    Corona D25's ('02-'03) were also all-hog flatbacks.
    Most D25 owners love their D25(s) regardless of configuration.
    Mine was my Guild gateway drug.
    But I have to admit I'm starting to love my D40 equally.
    Primary difference is it's a flatback while my '25's an archback.
    Otherwise they're both hog-body spruce top dreads.
    If you like Neapolitan ice cream bars (I do) then you'd want one of each of the 3 configurations.
    Al
    "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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    An Archback D25 was my first good guitar back in the early 70's. I picked another one up a few years back but wound up selling it due to the narrow nut width. Still looking for a D-25 or D-30 with a wider nut to fill the Guild slot in my stable.
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    What are the D25 specs ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayk View Post
    What are the D25 specs ?
    In which week of which year?

    Standard Guild dreadnought body 15-3/4" lower bout***; 5" depth***; 25-5/8 scale; rosewood bridge/fretboard; mahogany neck, 1-11/16 nut.
    *** give or take some fractions according to build year/variations in tooling

    '68-'72 approx.: Solid mahogany back sides and top (flatback)
    '72-74 approx.: transitional period in which both all-mahogany archbacks and spruce-topped 'hog-bodied archbacks were produced after the hog-topped archbacks, but it looks like most of the all-hog archbacks were made in '73 and that both tops were available in '74. Don't know if it was due to offering "top options" or just overlapped production.
    '74 approx to '01: arched mahogany back/sides, spruce top. Have seen all hog archbacks from this period including just 1 from '76, but may have been old factory inventory or "top options" as mentioned above.
    '02-'03: All 'hog flatback formula revived in Corona
    '04: replaced by GADD25 all-hog flatback
    Nut and saddle: yes
    Frets: yes
    Tuning machines: yes.
    Optional combination ashtray/bottle-cap opener: Aftermarket installed by RayK inc.


    Finish colors: Natural, Cherry, Black, Brown, Woodgrain Red, Yellow, Trans Red, Sunburst, Mahogany.
    Blue:

    Corona colors including Trans (or Woodgrain?) Blue, Seafoam, and Trans White(?):

    Honey Blonde:

    Transparent White:

    Not sure if those two are actually the same color under different lighting, and Corona's lack of color ID on label makes it difficult to tell.
    In any case have only seen these pics of that color(s), so must be pretty rare.
    Last edited by adorshki; 12-01-2017 at 12:52 AM.
    Al
    "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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