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    Oxnard Guilds at Sam Ash

    Today was the singer in our band's birthday, and we decided to get her a gift certificate. I was determined not to get one from Guitar Center, even though there's on right by my office. I have also been wanting to see what Guilds Sam Ash had in stock, now that some of the Oxnard guitars are making their way into the wild. When I got there, they had quite a few, including this D55 and D40.



    I took down the D55 first and played it, but honestly, it didn't really do much for me. It wasn't bad, but it was much like the many other D55s I've played from New Hartford; good, but it didn't really blow my hair back, as Charlie likes to say. Probably doesn't help that I generally prefer mahogany and maple guitars, which leads me to the D40.

    This was the more expensive "Traditional" model, and as soon as I picked it up, I knew it would be good. Man, this guitar is light, lighter than any of the D40s I've played (or owned) from New Hartford. And as a result, it was extremely resonant, which was what I expected. You could feel the bass rumbling in your belly like a good acoustic guitar should, and I was mightily impressed. I don't know what they did to pare the weight down, but whatever they did worked! Can't say it's better than my Martin D18DC, but then again, it isn't 17 years old either. This one will only get better with time I think.

    They also had a P-240 Memoir on the wall, and I couldn't resist.



    While I didn't feel the urge to leave the store with it as I already own a Martin 000-17SM that fills the bill, this is a great $500 guitar for sure. I wouldn't say it's as good as my Martin, but at 1/3 the price it comes pretty close. If you're in the market for a 12 fret slothead, it's worth some serious consideration.

    All in all, it's nice to know that there's some great instruments coming out of Oxnard, and I wasn't sure not long ago that I'd ever be able to say that!
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    Sandy

    '59 X175AB, '61 Mark VI, '68 SFII Bass (Green), '73 D50NT, '82 Mark V, '86 Pilot 602P, '87 Pilot SB602M, '88 Pilot SB602MF, '99 DeArmond Starfire Bass
    '10 F512NT, '11 F50ce Std (Sunburst), '13 R30S (Resonator), '13 B54ce Std Bass, '13 Orpheum Jumbo Prototype, '13 Orpheum OM Mahogany, '13 GSR M85II Bass

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    Cool update - thanks! No review of the new Guild banner?
    '70s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    '90s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    '10s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    Cool update - thanks! No review of the new Guild banner?
    That's not new, that's a NewHartford era banner. I have one hanging in the man cave!
    Sandy

    '59 X175AB, '61 Mark VI, '68 SFII Bass (Green), '73 D50NT, '82 Mark V, '86 Pilot 602P, '87 Pilot SB602M, '88 Pilot SB602MF, '99 DeArmond Starfire Bass
    '10 F512NT, '11 F50ce Std (Sunburst), '13 R30S (Resonator), '13 B54ce Std Bass, '13 Orpheum Jumbo Prototype, '13 Orpheum OM Mahogany, '13 GSR M85II Bass

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    Glad to hear it, Sandy!!! I figured Sam Ash would continue with Guild, but I hadn't heard. Always liked that place. Bought my first guitar from them in Huntington in 1981! It wasn't a Guild, but I do still have it (and the receipt!).
    Guilds:
    1967 MK-VI Artist Special (Hoboken - Jacobs restoration 2018) - "The Mark"
    12ers:
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Other 12ers:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    Glad to hear it, Sandy!!! I figured Sam Ash would continue with Guild, but I hadn't heard. Always liked that place. Bought my first guitar from them in Huntington in 1981! It wasn't a Guild, but I do still have it (and the receipt!).
    It was the Huntington store Charlie, and I think of you every time I go there. What I love about Sam Ash is that the employees there haven't changed in years, and that's the sign of a company that treats their employees well. I used to see Sam Ash before he died pretty regularly at a restaurant that a good friend owned, and he was a very nice man who always remembered me, and never failed to say hello.

    I too still have the receipt for my Guild D50, purchased at the Sam Ash way back when it used to be in Hempstead.



    Got me a free neck reset after 34 years!
    Sandy

    '59 X175AB, '61 Mark VI, '68 SFII Bass (Green), '73 D50NT, '82 Mark V, '86 Pilot 602P, '87 Pilot SB602M, '88 Pilot SB602MF, '99 DeArmond Starfire Bass
    '10 F512NT, '11 F50ce Std (Sunburst), '13 R30S (Resonator), '13 B54ce Std Bass, '13 Orpheum Jumbo Prototype, '13 Orpheum OM Mahogany, '13 GSR M85II Bass

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    Quote Originally Posted by twocorgis View Post
    I used to see Sam Ash before he died pretty regularly at a restaurant that a good friend owned!
    And yet he still kept going back!
    Musta been some good grub!
    (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
    Al
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by twocorgis View Post
    It was the Huntington store Charlie, and I think of you every time I go there. What I love about Sam Ash is that the employees there haven't changed in years, and that's the sign of a company that treats their employees well. I used to see Sam Ash before he died pretty regularly at a restaurant that a good friend owned, and he was a very nice man who always remembered me, and never failed to say hello.

    I too still have the receipt for my Guild D50, purchased at the Sam Ash way back when it used to be in Hempstead.



    Got me a free neck reset after 34 years!
    Outstanding, Sandy. :)
    Guilds:
    1967 MK-VI Artist Special (Hoboken - Jacobs restoration 2018) - "The Mark"
    12ers:
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Other 12ers:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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    Good news, thanks for the report! Have played several Ox D40s now - every one was damn good.

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    We can agree or disagree about how Oxnard does a burst finish vs. NH but I'll put my D 40 from Oxnard up against any other Mahogany Dread regardless of manufacturer. And maybe not just Mahogany either.
    '75 D 40 C
    '18 D 40T Custom
    '64 D 50 Braz. RW
    '65 D 50 Braz. RW
    '14 D 55
    '98 D 60
    '86 D 66
    '81 D 70
    '94 DV 72
    '94 DV 73
    '10 F 40 GSR Cocobolo
    '12 F 47 GSR KC
    '08 F 50R
    '09 F 50
    '74 D 55-12
    '07 F 412
    '74 F 512
    '83 G 45
    '87 GF 50R
    '95 JF 100 NAT CRV
    '99 Finesse
    '13 Orpheum Jumbo
    '97 45th Anniv. #45
    '03 D 55 50th Anniv. #23
    '13 F 30 60th Anniv. #17
    '64 S 50
    '57 X 175
    '70's M 75 CS
    '69 Studio 402
    '98 SF 2
    '81 SF 4
    '67 SF 5
    '67 SF 12
    Blues 90X2
    '60 X 150 Savoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by twocorgis View Post
    That's not new, that's a NewHartford era banner. I have one hanging in the man cave!
    What! What else in life is a lie? Do you mean to tell me that I can't trust marketing now?
    '70s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    '90s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    '10s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

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