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  1. GardMan

    Why does my fretboard look like this?

    Qils, etc from your fingertips... Do you use hand lotion before you play?
  2. GardMan

    Question about the pearwood D-44’s

    I had a 71 pearwood D-44... To me, it sounded most like my mahogany 72 D-35. Maybe just a little richer. But very similar tone, with sparkling trebles, nice mids, and surprisingly nice bass. Very folksy sounding. I liked it a lot... but decided I didn't need both, and the D-35 was my first ever...
  3. GardMan

    On the fence - 1979 Guild D-50 or Eastman E20D-TC

    Welcome to LTG. I had a '76 D-50 NT (natural top), and loved the tone. But it had a neck that was narrow side to side (closer to 1-5/8" than spec, which is 1-11/16"), but thick front to back. Not the most comfortable neck in my stable, so sold it to help fund one of my DV-7Xs. Offer the seller...
  4. GardMan

    Some thoughts on my new (to me) 1982 D-70 and my other rosewood dreads...

    Honestly, I had never looked much at the BACK braces... so just took a quick one at all six of my current Guild dreads. If the brace numbering is from the neck block to the end block, The first and second back braces are tall and thin, maybe as tall as unscalloped top X-braces, and sanded to a...
  5. GardMan

    Some thoughts on my new (to me) 1982 D-70 and my other rosewood dreads...

    The most obvious difference is in the spacing of the tone bars in the lower bout and treble side (bottom and right of each guitar in the photos). In the D-46, D-50, and D-70, the lowest of the treble side tone bars (above the X-brace, just below the pickguard) almost aligns with the long first...
  6. GardMan

    Some thoughts on my new (to me) 1982 D-70 and my other rosewood dreads...

    My recollection is that all the top braces and tone bars in all my Guilds are what would be considered "tall and thin." I don't recall seeing any that would be "wide and flat" on the tops, tho' some of the back braces might fit into that category. I have some old photos taken inside some of the...
  7. GardMan

    Some thoughts on my new (to me) 1982 D-70 and my other rosewood dreads...

    I’ve had my new (to me) 1982 D-70 for nearly 3 months now (thanks again, BeeCee!). During that time, I’ve played it nearly every day... either alone, or in comparison to one or more of my DV-7Xs (all are currently strung with John Pearse PB bluegrass strings, which are medium bass and light...
  8. GardMan

    Guild Jumbo JF55 Neck Split

    I think it is POSSIBLE that it is caused by differential expansion/contraction of the different woods due to humidity/temp changes. OTOH, there were a couple threads years ago regarding these sorts of cracks, particularly in dual-truss rod Guild 12 strings where you sometimes see parallel...
  9. GardMan

    Guild dreadnaught bracing patterns: 1971-1995

    A short word about bridge plates... The photos in the posts above (in links and inserted images) document some of the changes in bracing in Guild dreadnaughts between 1971 and 1995. However, my observations suggest that Guild also changed the composition of the bridge plates in its dreadnaughts...
  10. GardMan

    Guild dreadnaught bracing patterns: 1971-1995

    While changing strings and making some adjustments to my new (to me) 1982 Guild D-70, I took the opportunity to photograph the layout of its top braces, for comparison to my other Guild dreadnaughts: In 1981-82, the D-70 was (as far as I can tell) the top of Guild's dreadnaught line (the D-80...
  11. GardMan

    Do you keep your acoustic in a case or leave it out?

    At the current time, I have four of my Guilds hanging, one on a stand, and one in a case... guess which one doesn't get played? I should note, however, that all are in my humidified basement "train/guitar" room, one of two designated "NO CAT ZONES" in our house... (the other no cat zone is the...
  12. GardMan

    NGD - D55-12

    IIRC, of my 12 past and present Guild dreads, spanning build years from from 1971-1995... only two lacked side reinforcements such as those: my 1981 D-46 and 1982 D-70. My earlier dreads (which happen to be more low-end models) had cloth reinforcements. The later ones (which happen to be high...
  13. GardMan

    DV72CL

    I have 3 DV-72CL in my spreadsheet (none of them owned by LTGers), all clustered within 7 SNs (awagner's and my 72MKs also cluster with them, just a few SNs lower). Unfortunately, the only pics I grabbed off the web were the ones from facebook... I believe that you can still find those if you...
  14. GardMan

    Reverb Seller Hasn’t Shipped - UPDATE: Resolved! (F212 Content)

    You might consider that it was a holiday weekend, and some folks might be traveling and not checking their computers this week (even in the current situation).
  15. GardMan

    Truss Rod Versus Saddle

    I can't either. But, if you believe what you read on AGF and UMGF, some players like "flat" (no relief) necks...
  16. GardMan

    Truss Rod Versus Saddle

    The strings are anchored at each end, and need room to vibrate without touching the frets (which would cause a buzz). The actual waveform is quite complicated, but suffice it to say, the strings need more room above the frets in the middle of the string than they need near the ends (since the...
  17. GardMan

    Truss Rod Versus Saddle

    I have never heard the term "camber" used to describe the action of the truss rod... but the google definition equates camber with a convex or arched shape... so it would be a reasonable use of the word. The rod does affect the curvature of the neck, and the curvature determines what we often...
  18. GardMan

    Truss Rod Versus Saddle

    Before you do anything to the saddle, it would be best to get the truss rod adjusted properly. As mentioned in several posts, the truss rod provides an adjustable means to counteract the pull of the strings on the neck. Loosen the truss, the string tension will bow the neck forward (and...
  19. GardMan

    Guitar Belly

    I play John Pearce on bluegrass on my 73. Light treble (12 e) and med bass (56 E). You definitely can bring the saddle down some... Have you checked the relief? Too much relief would also raise the action. When setting up my guitars, I first adjust relief, then nut height... adjusting saddle...
  20. GardMan

    V is for...

    Some of the faux turquoise looks pretty real... but is definitely softer than real stone: https://www.lmii.com/reconstituted-stone-inlay-material/2317-slab-recon-stone-turqoise.html
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