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    97 D30 question

    Hi All!

    There's a 97 D30 for sale locally and I was wondering if there are any issues I should watch for?

    It has a Westerly label and the SN confirms it's a 97 build.

    I'm not overly familiar with those years and wanted to see if there were any major problems that I should avoid.

    Thanks for any and all input.

    Bernie
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    Have owned 3, all excellent guitars, still have one and no plans
    to part with it. Crack at sound hole just above top edge pick guard is
    something I've seen on a number of D30s, an example of which
    can be seen here. No neck angle issues on any of the ones I've owned.
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    Excellent build quality on my '92 D6nt-hg, '94 JF-30, and '97 Starfire III.

    Neck angles remain ideal, fine wood selection throughout, and very satisfying tone.
    > Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40nt / '76 G-37bld / '92 D-6nt-hg / '94 JF-30nt / '97 Starfire III / '14 Savoy A-150b
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    As this was after FMIC bought them I was curious if there were any changes or other issues to worry about.

    I'm going to look at it later today and will let you know how she looks.

    Thanks for the input folks.


    Thanks.
    Bernie

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    1995 Taylor 612C Custom, Spruce over Flamed Maple
    1968 Aria 6815 12 String

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    Quote Originally Posted by PTC Bernie View Post
    As this was after FMIC bought them I was curious if there were any changes or other issues to worry about.
    It is generally considered an urban myth that there were negative changes to production and product quality when FMIC operated Guild. There were changes in specs and models were introduced and retired but there is no evidence that they started using lower grade woods or cut corners or made and implemented decisions based on cost that negatively effected the product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post
    It is generally considered an urban myth that there were negative changes to production and product quality when FMIC operated Guild....
    I'll attest to that. My (Corona-built) JF30-12 has a Fender decal on the back of the headstock. It is an awesome, AWESOME Guild in every way!
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    And this was a Westerly build, before they moved that factory, so I'm pretty comfortable with it.

    Thanks for the feedback guys!

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    2006 Webber 000-12 Fret
    1997 Guild D-30 BL
    1995 Taylor 612C Custom, Spruce over Flamed Maple
    1968 Aria 6815 12 String

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    I feel like Charlie Brown.............

    You know how Lucy talks him into kicking the football then pulls it away at the last second? Yep, that's me.

    At the last second the seller texts me and said that he has had a change of heart and is going to hang onto the D-30. Can't say as I blame him, but.....DANG! :-{
    Bernie

    2006 Webber 000-12 Fret
    1997 Guild D-30 BL
    1995 Taylor 612C Custom, Spruce over Flamed Maple
    1968 Aria 6815 12 String

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    Go for it, Bernie! I own a '98 D30 AB and absolutely love it! No issues except some feedback here and there when plugged in. I got a Lutehole sound hole cover and it helped greatly with this issue. One thing that I do notice about my D30 (and I've mentioned it before on LTG) is that the depth of the guitar seems to be deeper than my other dreads. In other words, it's a very BIG bodied dread! Good luck!
    Tony
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarheelguild View Post
    Go for it, Bernie! I own a '98 D30 AB and absolutely love it! No issues except some feedback here and there when plugged in.
    Suspect that's largely due to they're known capacity to sustain "for days".
    For Bernie's insight:
    I have a buddy who has a '74 G-37, the "original" model of the D-30, same basic maple arched back formula.
    Single best acoustic I ever heard in person in my life.
    When plugged in, with a sound hole pickup, he could literally make that a note or body resonance voice sustain continuously by carefully positioning himself in relation to the amp and adjusting position slightly as feedback started creeping in.
    In a thread about D30's I think every single owner acknowledge that sustain capacity.
    For further insight re Westerly under Fender, we had a member here, Hideglue I think it was, who was there at the time.
    He mentioned once that Guild QC under Fender was the highest it ever got, in terms of percentage of instruments passing initial QC, because Fender implemented a checklist system to ensure no QC steps were missed during construction from start to finish.
    Al
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