I had 4 Tacoma built dreadnoughts: 2005 D-55, just a cannon of a sound. 2006 D-50, Bluegrass Special a fine well balanced rosewood, 2005 D-40 Bluegrass Jubilee a wonderful all around mahogany mid and well balanced sound and finally a 2006 D-40 Ritchie Havens double pick-guard mahogany very faithful to it's predecessor. All wonderful made and most importantly sounding guitars!
I have a late 2005 Tacoma Guild D55. I played gigs with it for several years, took it on airplanes, drove it across California, and just picked it up after several years of not playing guitar for far too long. This guitar was my heart and soul. I hardly even knew what Guild was when I sat down and played it for the first time. It connected with me.
It did have a lacquer issue early on. Fender agreed to redo the lacquer job under warranty. I thought they sent it to Corona, CA. Instead, I confirmed later that they sent it to the New Hartford plant, where they changed the pick guard and re-shaped the bridge to look more like a Guild bridge. So basically, I have a Tacoma and New Hartford hybrid. It’ll most definitely be passed down to my children.
Interesting thread to resurrect. My notion of what a Guild should sound like is rooted in the 1960s, mostly-Hoboken instruments--I still play my '65 D-40. But I never warmed to the post-1970 products. But when I encountered the "Tacoma" instruments, they immediately struck my ear as sounding like older Guilds. I made a point of sampling every one I could at stores, and to my ear they all had the characteristic sound that I used to be able to pick out of a song circle even before seeing any headstocks. Somewhere I have a recording I made in a store, of a maple F-47 that I would have happily bought had I not been a half-continent away from home (and already the owner of more Guilds than I could play).