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    New Resonator Day

    I ended up with the R30 that's been online a couple of times. My first New Hartford Guild!

    Aside from the pickup jack glue messing up the finish, it's in great shape. It sounds like a strangled cat when I play it, so hopefully that changes soon.

    My first impression is that this model was WAY overpriced when it came out.

    1970s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    1980s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    1980s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    1990s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    1990s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    2000s: [ SF3 | SF4 | B-90 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    2010s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

    My Reviews: [ GADsGuilds.com ] Guild Documents: [ Catalogs ] [ Price Lists ] [ Ads, Flyers, etc. ]

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    Senior Member SFIV1967's Avatar
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    Nice Reso! Congrats! So you got a R-30 and Sandy and TX have a R-30S.

    Pricelist increased especially between 2012 and 2013 from $ 2,299.99 to $ 2,999.99 MSRP, not sure what the street price was.



    Ralf
    Last edited by SFIV1967; 07-04-2019 at 09:53 PM.

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    In my 2013 catalog they only list the -S models, so the price increase would make sense if they went from laminated to solid woods.

    Hey - you passed 10,000 posts! Did we have a party? We should have a party.

    Edit - this is incorrect. My daughter has my catalog book so I'm at a bit of a disadvantage at the moment. Please stand by.

    Edit 2 - my first line should say in the 2014 catalog...
    Last edited by GAD; 07-04-2019 at 05:59 PM.
    1970s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    1980s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    1980s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    1990s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    1990s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    2000s: [ SF3 | SF4 | B-90 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    2010s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

    My Reviews: [ GADsGuilds.com ] Guild Documents: [ Catalogs ] [ Price Lists ] [ Ads, Flyers, etc. ]

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    I don't think they're overpriced at all Gary. My cousin Woody Pines (who plays a resonator almost all the time) pronounced it the best resonator he's ever played, and he's in my will! Jason McIntyre told me that he enjoyed making them more than any other guitar he had a hand in in New Hartford, which isn't faint praise. Now that you have your first NH Guild, may you end up with seven of them like me! Best guitars to ever wear the brand.
    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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    Looking forward to the review on this one. One of the few acoustic guitars I have an interest in owning someday.
    Shihan= Dennis

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    Congrats GAD on a great Guild. I agree with Sandy Completely, I love my R30S! It is hands down the best resonator I have ever played and being the "S" models are made from solid wood just adds to the instrument in my opinion.

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    Westerly-1971 F612, 2000 SF-V, 1984 S284
    Nashville C.S. SFIV-3 P90 w/Trem, 2000 JF65-CE
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    93 Sequoia

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    Quote Originally Posted by twocorgis View Post
    I don't think they're overpriced at all Gary. My cousin Woody Pines (who plays a resonator almost all the time) pronounced it the best resonator he's ever played, and he's in my will! Jason McIntyre told me that he enjoyed making them more than any other guitar he had a hand in in New Hartford, which isn't faint praise. Now that you have your first NH Guild, may you end up with seven of them like me! Best guitars to ever wear the brand.
    Maybe the squareneck or solid wood models are better, but I would not consider this one a $3000 guitar by any measure. It's not that it's a bad guitar, and to be fair I don't know what the street price was on them. To be even more fair, I don't have a lot of resonator experience aside from playing a very old National in a New Hampshire shop years ago so I should probably go find some more to play and see how this one compares. My statement comes from handling hundreds of guitars (mostly Guilds). Hell, maybe this one is a bad example but I think the MSRP reflects the cost of doing business in the US more than anything else.

    I will say that it absolutely sounds like it should so no complaints there.
    1970s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    1980s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    1980s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    1990s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    1990s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    2000s: [ SF3 | SF4 | B-90 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    2010s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

    My Reviews: [ GADsGuilds.com ] Guild Documents: [ Catalogs ] [ Price Lists ] [ Ads, Flyers, etc. ]

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    That's a nice guitar.

    I had high hopes for Guild when they first introduced these Resonator models. When was it, about 2010? There are some multi-instrument resonator players around here that were excited about them, but not one of them bought one in order to get the Guild reso out front where it could even be noticed. Its a pity because the Guild legacy might have been different if the name was out there where it should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    Maybe the squareneck or solid wood models are better, but I would not consider this one a $3000 guitar by any measure.
    Well, I don't think any of us paid anywhere near that much for one, and I wouldn't pay $3000 for any guitar, except maybe a nice vintage Gibson round shoulder. With what I paid for mine, I'm very satisfied (even if my luthier is still pissed at me), and think I got a great deal on a superb instrument.
    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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    Senior Member SFIV1967's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by idealassets View Post
    I had high hopes for Guild when they first introduced these Resonator models. When was it, about 2010?
    No, later, it was at NAMM in January 2012. They were in shops only by around mid 2012.
    Ralf

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