New member, first Guild

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Hiya! I'm Aahzz. Just got my first Guild and figured I should come chat with Guild people.

I've had a thing for old Guilds for years, but have never found the right one at the right time. I've recently gotten tired of trying to get a band together and keep it that way, so have decided to go solo acoustic. I have a PRS SE AX20E that I love, so I wasn't really looking for a new acoustic. However, I am looking for a column PA and a few other things, so I listed my PRS S2 Custom 22 on Craigslist for sale.

Got an email yesterday, asking "would you be interested in a 1980 Guild D40 built in Westerly?". Why yes, yes I would. She's in phenomenal condition for a 42 year old, and sounds amazing. Bigger neck than I'm used to, but very playable. Has a pickup installed as well - not sure what, but it sounds good. Better than your average piezo, so I'm curious.

As I said, I've always had a thing for old Guilds, but have never owned one. Now I do
:)
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Mrs Aahzz is generally pretty "meh" when I bring home new gear. To be fair, I've done it rather a lot over the years. She came home last night and looked at it like "nice guitar". Then I strummed an A Minor and she said "OH!". Played a little bit and she said "Well that's just beautiful".

This guitar has clearly been played quite a bit in the 42 years that it's existed, and just sings with all of the openness one would want from a nicely aged all solid wood guitar.

I'm not positive that I'll get along with the neck in the long run, but we'll see. Right now I'm enjoying the living heck out of her.
 

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Balderdash

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Aahzz !
welcome to LTG…
I didn’t tell my wife that I had bought an F-512 (2010) from another member on the FS here.
We returned to the farm right as the shipping truck was leaving and she said “what’s that package?” (leaning against the wall by the locked door)… I said “oh, that might be my new guitar”…. She stormed in the house - to make sure I knew I was in deep…, never mind…. Anyway, now that I‘ve had it for almost 2 years, I’m thinking about selling my two Martin twelves. The Guild is the only one I play anymore.
 

Norrissey

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Hello Aahzz. Welcome and congrats on the D40! I have a 1980 D50 that is a beautifully made guitar - I am sure the build quality of your D40 is similarly excellent.
As mentioned above, if the neck continues to be an issue there will be no shortage of suggestions of other options here. A D35 is the one that comes to mind initially.
 

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Hiya! I'm Aahzz. Just got my first Guild and figured I should come chat with Guild people.

I've had a thing for old Guilds for years, but have never found the right one at the right time. I've recently gotten tired of trying to get a band together and keep it that way, so have decided to go solo acoustic. I have a PRS SE AX20E that I love, so I wasn't really looking for a new acoustic. However, I am looking for a column PA and a few other things, so I listed my PRS S2 Custom 22 on Craigslist for sale.

Got an email yesterday, asking "would you be interested in a 1980 Guild D40 built in Westerly?". Why yes, yes I would. She's in phenomenal condition for a 42 year old, and sounds amazing. Bigger neck than I'm used to, but very playable. Has a pickup installed as well - not sure what, but it sounds good. Better than your average piezo, so I'm curious.

As I said, I've always had a thing for old Guilds, but have never owned one. Now I do
:)
.

Mrs Aahzz is generally pretty "meh" when I bring home new gear. To be fair, I've done it rather a lot over the years. She came home last night and looked at it like "nice guitar". Then I strummed an A Minor and she said "OH!". Played a little bit and she said "Well that's just beautiful".

This guitar has clearly been played quite a bit in the 42 years that it's existed, and just sings with all of the openness one would want from a nicely aged all solid wood guitar.

I'm not positive that I'll get along with the neck in the long run, but we'll see. Right now I'm enjoying the living heck out of her.
Nice to see you here on LTG Kyle!!…..that D40 looks familiar:love:
 

Boneman

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Welcome to LTG! That’s a gem right there, and if you don’t get along with the neck, I know someone who’d take it off your hands ;)
 

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Welcome Aahzz! Congrats on your new old D40. LotzzhaA love for those on the forum.
 

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Aahzz !
welcome to LTG…
I didn’t tell my wife that I had bought an F-512 (2010) from another member on the FS here.
We returned to the farm right as the shipping truck was leaving and she said “what’s that package?” (leaning against the wall by the locked door)… I said “oh, that might be my new guitar”…. She stormed in the house - to make sure I knew I was in deep…, never mind…. Anyway, now that I‘ve had it for almost 2 years, I’m thinking about selling my two Martin twelves. The Guild is the only one I play anymore.
Pro tip: Deliver it to a local FedEx pack and ship location for pickup. You’re welcome.
 

GF60

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Welcome Aahzz,
That's a fine looking D40. My first Guild was a 79 D40. Sadly, I don't still own it. You'll get used to the neck. Are you used to playing electrics more?
 
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Welcome Aahzz,
That's a fine looking D40. My first Guild was a 79 D40. Sadly, I don't still own it. You'll get used to the neck. Are you used to playing electrics more?

I'm used to electrics, and my PRS acoustic. Definitely different necks :).
 
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