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  1. AcornHouse

    Guild 66-J

    And those Astron electrolytic are most likely toast.
  2. AcornHouse

    Guild 66-J

    Sangamos do not have a good reputation. You’ll be happier in the long run (short run too) with something else. Caps are one of those components that do not age well, with a couple of exceptions. Guild used mustards in their Thunder-1s; that would be a better period choice. Or just put in new...
  3. AcornHouse

    Harry Nilsson, always liked this song...

    Nilsson didn’t either. It was Fred Neil.
  4. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    Then it still follows my original point, since there are no braces to come unstuck due to wood movement. I‘m not agueing aesthetics or accepted tradition to “rebel” against, I’m just stating basic wood movement grounded in the nature of the material. And the fact that no other Guild acoustic is...
  5. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    Again, that’s a laminate.
  6. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    Is that a solid carved back, or a laminate? I’d guess laminate, in which case it doesn’t matter. Also, in the case of a carved archtop back, there’s no bracing to come loose. But, that looks like a veneer. Rare to find a one piece solid back that size.
  7. AcornHouse

    New Starfire Day

    And, with your time commitments, best to farm out the job.
  8. AcornHouse

    New Starfire Day

    A nut job (like myself) shouldn’t run you too much, $40-$60. Far less than the cost of the tools to do it right. But, if you foresee doing quite a few, then it’ll pay in the long run to learn how to do it, and get the right tools. A cheaper route, but far more tedious, is to get a pre-slotted...
  9. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    You know I’m right or else you wouldn’t resort to memery.
  10. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    Not the Anti-Christ, just a minor Daemon. Have you ever seen a top like this on a Guild acoustic, Tom? Ever? ALL of them have straight grain. Same goes for all of the other big builders (and small). This is an anomaly. I’d like to hear from some of the former workers. This is also around the...
  11. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    All wood moves, hard and soft. Anybody building out of solid wood has to take that into account. That’s why tabletops have to be attached by some type of hardware that allows for movement rather than just being glued down. Same thing for breadboard ends; usually only the middle part is actually...
  12. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    I don’t think the tops will be overbuilt. And also note that this doesn’t apply to the archbacks. Since those are laminated, there is minimal wood movement, like plywood. There’s too much glue. But, just think about how much damage can be done by glueing a pickguard directly to the wood, like a...
  13. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    I’m not commenting on the sound, only on the long term stability of the instrument. You can’t change the basic laws of wood movement. Notice in the advert the nice quartersawn straight grain. I am very surprised that the OP one was ever let out of the factory.
  14. AcornHouse

    Westerly '73 M20 -- approx value?

    Personally, I’m not a fan of the top. The one place where boring is better is on the top and back of a guitar. One of the reasons quartersawn wood is preferred is to minimize wood movement that can cause braces to come unstuck, etc. In QS wood, the swelling and contracting is mostly up and down...
  15. AcornHouse

    Guild 66-J

    My 99J does have the badge.
  16. AcornHouse

    Recording Equipment Question

    While I could do a general one, I have not worked with the Audacity software, only ProTools and GarageBand. (Of course all DAWs are very similar.) Best course would be to look at some YouTube videos, like this one.
  17. AcornHouse

    Ugliest pickguard

    So do I, but the next thing you know, you’re being escorted out of Walmart and asked not to return.
  18. AcornHouse

    Guild 66-J

    Checking back to your speaker pic, its from the third week of ‘63. So, assuming it’s original to the amp, places it at the earliest it could be. If you look on the pots, you should see a 6 digit code on the side or top. That will further narrow it down.
  19. AcornHouse

    Guild 66-J

    Well, it is a unique design, but it’s characteristics will be more blackface than tweed. I know my 99J is a warm jazz voiced and, considering their target market, this will be too. Nope. And Hans has said that he really doesn’t have as much interest in the amp side of things, so there is no...
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