Choosing between 3 F-30's

LTTele

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Hello,

I am trying to choose between three F30's:

1) I am wondering what a fair price is to pay a shop for a 1966 Guild F30 sunburst with all of the necessary work done (neck reset, etc.)?

2) Also, I am considering this Guild F30 from 2005 with a pick up already installed (where was this one built in that year?):

https://reverb.com/item/3962880-guild-f-30-aragon-2005-sunburst-with-active-k-k-pick-up-and-guild-hard-case

3) Lastly, this Guild F30 from 2010 (where was this one built and does it have a wider neck?):

https://reverb.com/item/6110683-guild-guild-f-30-2010-antique-burst


Any input/info on pricing, quality, etc would be greatly appreciated :).


Kind regards,
Lisa
 

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Welcome. In both your reverb listings, the plant location is named. The 2005 is made in Tacoma and the 2010 is made in New Hartford. I like my NH Guilds, but Tacomas are good too. ;-) No help on the sixties F-30, but Hobokens are great guitars.

I guess the only rational solution to to buy all three and report back, with pics.
 

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WELCOME TO LTG, Lisa.
Seems to me that you're on the horns of a delightful dilemma, although settling on one of the three can be difficult. It certainly would be great to have them all in hand so you could experience how they feel and sound to you.
*I like Steve's idea of buying all three....oh to have that kind of a budget.

Good luck in your search and keep us posted on the outcome, :cheerful:
Joe
 

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The 2005 and 2010 both have a 1 11/16" nut and a red spruce top.

The nut width on the '66 is anyone's guess, given that necks in that era were cut and shaped by hand and each one is a little different. The '66 will have a Sitka spruce top.

If you are looking for an F-30 with a wider 1 3/4" nut, look no further than the F-30 Standard, built in New Hartford, and only from 2010-12. The F-30 Standard has a Sitka top.

https://reverb.com/item/2190540-guild-f-30-standard-w-ohsc
 

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The '66 will have a 24-3/4" scale, while the newer ones will be 25-1/2". Also, the '66 will have a slender 1-5/8" nut.
 

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I love this story!! Goldilocks and the three F30's!! One of my favorites! Because one of them is JUST RIGHT. Make sure you let us know how the story ends, okay? :encouragement:
 

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Thanks Chris, I am definitely looking for the shorter neck so I guess that rules out the newer two.
 

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Yes, definitely don't want 1-3/4 and learned from another poster that the newer ones are not short scale length, so I guess I am looking toward the 1966 :).
 

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I am with you, it is just substantially more $$$'s :(.
 

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Wow, thanks everyone for your input. I am going to go for the 1966!
 

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Oh, that is great to know, thank you!

Okay guys, one last effort to get a ballpark price range for what one should pay for a 1966 F30 that has had a neck reset professionally (and very well) done? Buying from a small store, not a private owner so more $$'s. LMK
 

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I just looked in a couple-year-old price guide, and it suggested a range of $1,600 to $2,000 for one in "excellent" condition.

I'd try offering less than that, and see how it goes.
 

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I just looked in a couple-year-old price guide, and it suggested a range of $1,600 to $2,000 for one in "excellent" condition.

I'd try offering less than that, and see how it goes.
Ah, if only there were any to be found in that price range. Thanks anyway, but I am buying from a boutique store and the price is unfortunately, higher than that. Hope I don't ever decide to sell -:.
 

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Ah, if only there were any to be found in that price range. Thanks anyway, but I am buying from a boutique store and the price is unfortunately, higher than that. Hope I don't ever decide to sell -:.
There seems to have been a distinct market appreciation in those last couple of years in case it got you wondering.
Personally I think it was because of shortage of new product from Oxnard and even some uncertainty as to whether there would be new product from Oxnard.
And that still holds for some models, like F30's.
I don't think they've announced a planned production date for new F30's yet, let alone specs, so I think savvy sellers are aware they've got a bird in the hand with none in the bush, so to speak.
At least it helps rationalize a price for buyers who understand it.
 
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Ah, if only there were any to be found in that price range. Thanks anyway, but I am buying from a boutique store and the price is unfortunately, higher than that. Hope I don't ever decide to sell -:.
Retro fret in Brooklyn had a 65 that flew off the shelf at 2,800.00
 

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The shorter scale of the '60s F30 is definitely a plus from my perspective. My '64 F30 sounds amazing. If you can manage the price, that's the way to go.

I overpaid for my '64, because (a) I was caught up in a bit of pre-50th birthday madness looking for a birth-year guitar, (b) except for one significant ding the guitar was in exquisite physical condition (though it will need a neck reset, something I didn't explore and the shop didn't mention), and (c) the shop I bought from had posted a Youtube video making clear how extraordinary it sounded. So I'm reluctant to suggest what an appropriate price would be, other than, less than I paid)
 
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