Who’s Drunk the Archback Kool-aid?

bobouz

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2015
Messages
1,724
Reaction score
959
Flat or arched back makes no difference to me - it just depends on the tone & playability of the particular guitar in hand. Now I must say this very quietly in order to not hurt my F-40’s feelings, but truth be told, as much as I enjoy my three arched-back maple Guilds, my flat-backed maple Gibson J-185 happens to be the one I’d have to have with me in that proverbial desert island scenario. Hopefully it will never come to that!

0C3FDB5D-E26C-474F-A583-B70E67196A49.jpeg
 

PreacherBob

Member
Joined
Mar 13, 2022
Messages
465
Reaction score
648
Location
Leesville, SC
Guild Total
14
Flat or arched back makes no difference to me - it just depends on the tone & playability of the particular guitar in hand. Now I must say this very quietly in order to not hurt my F-40’s feelings, but truth be told, as much as I enjoy my three arched-back maple Guilds, my flat-backed maple Gibson J-185 happens to be the one I’d have to have with me in that proverbial desert island scenario. Hopefully it will never come to that!

View attachment 36148
And there again are those awesome looking shoes I can’t seem to find🥺
 

davidbeinct

Member
Joined
Jul 7, 2020
Messages
123
Reaction score
163
Location
Waterford, CT
Flat or arched back makes no difference to me - it just depends on the tone & playability of the particular guitar in hand. Now I must say this very quietly in order to not hurt my F-40’s feelings, but truth be told, as much as I enjoy my three arched-back maple Guilds, my flat-backed maple Gibson J-185 happens to be the one I’d have to have with me in that proverbial desert island scenario. Hopefully it will never come to that!

View attachment 36148
My teacher has a J185. It is a spectacular guitar.
 

davidbeinct

Member
Joined
Jul 7, 2020
Messages
123
Reaction score
163
Location
Waterford, CT
Yeah so the title of the thread is contentious. That bothers me. But since I'm not willing to wade through all the posts right NOW..... call me an arched-back WHORE!! Especially maple!! Love that maple stuff.....

View attachment 36144
Sorry didn’t mean for the title to be contentious. More tongue in cheek. I have a kind of acerbic sense of humor that maybe doesn’t come across great in forums.
 

Roland

Junior Member
Joined
Feb 21, 2022
Messages
51
Reaction score
76
Guild Total
1
Actually up until a few weeks ago I thought that I had, but then I realized it wasn't a big thing to me.
 

Br1ck

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 10, 2014
Messages
1,141
Reaction score
747
Location
San Jose, Ca
Every single design difference does one thing at the expense of another. The arch back D 25 is no different. If what it does floats your boat, you'll be happy. Play in a group, it will project. As is always the case, having all of them is the answer. If someone were to say a D 25 is the best guitar ever, well then the kool aid analogy can apply. If I were looking to gig on a budget, I'd buy a D 25 in a heartbeat. So much better IMHO than the herd of Taylors out there.
 

Boneman

Member
Gold Supporting
Joined
Aug 22, 2021
Messages
387
Reaction score
459
Guild Total
5
I haven’t yet since I don’t have any archbacks in my stable. Will that change in 2022? :unsure:
 

Wilmywood

Junior Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2022
Messages
54
Reaction score
49
Guild Total
2
I have both a 1972 G37 maple archback and a 2000 DV 52 rosewood flatback. They are almost identical in size and shape except for the backs' shapes and materials. I feel, as does my professional bass player friend (who has a 1949 Martin D45) that the G37 may well be the finest sounding acoustic he has ever played, and I concur. I have NO idea whether it's the lack of back bracing on the archback or the thickness of the back making the difference, all I know is it's different and, IMO, better.
 

Attachments

  • Guildscrop.jpg
    Guildscrop.jpg
    266.6 KB · Views: 16
Last edited:

highwayman

Junior Member
Joined
Nov 27, 2018
Messages
64
Reaction score
47
Location
Upper Bavaria/Germany
Come to think of it, I have quite a few
archbacks, and they are all great guitars, definitely keepers:

F15, F 20, D15, D25, D30, F 65 CE.

When I compare the D15 with the D25, I prefer the D15, though I am aware that their top woods are different - spruce vs hog - and in a way you compare apples with pears.
 

plaidseason

Member
Joined
Jul 12, 2006
Messages
955
Reaction score
280
Location
CT River Valley Shore, USA
I'm onboard!

A GF25/GF30 is at the top of my short-list.

Two things I've mentioned again and again . . .

1. I've found the DCE1 to be a surprisingly great guitar for recording (better than my previously owned F30r-ls even). I know there are a lot variables (mics, etc.), but I suspect it's that the tone is rich without tones of complicated overtones. Just a deep and clear resonance.

2. When i realized I missed having a dread sound in my life, I played lots of mahogany and rosewood dreads only to find that it was the D25 sound that I was missing. Like I'd honestly pick a D25 over a J45,or a D18. I don't know why. I just like it.
 

PreacherBob

Member
Joined
Mar 13, 2022
Messages
465
Reaction score
648
Location
Leesville, SC
Guild Total
14
I have a that 2002 JF30 which sounds great, along with two jumbo maple 12er arch backs. But the gorgeous 1987 JF65 I recently picked up really is the holy grail of the maple arch back jumbos that I have. Huge projection and still has a beautiful clear tone, all the way through the trebles. I’m sure the aged wood has a lot to do with that.

A76BAA67-8D24-4D3B-B213-D929264249D3.jpegF6DBB8F3-0401-4C52-BE9A-2275E3813B53.jpegE36D6DA1-26C8-4D27-99AB-66ABF3153BF1.jpegEEF4B028-0984-4344-AA42-9EBFE2E1294A.jpeg
 

WC_Guitarist

Junior Member
Joined
Jun 27, 2022
Messages
70
Reaction score
73
Guild Total
0
Yeah so the title of the thread is contentious. That bothers me. But since I'm not willing to wade through all the posts right NOW..... call me an arched-back WHORE!! Especially maple!! Love that maple stuff.....

View attachment 36144
Hello,
May I ask which model/year this is? It's very beautiful. I'm a new guitarist, and I love Guild guitars. Especially the older ones.
Thanks!
Janine
 

hansmoust

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2005
Messages
8,619
Reaction score
1,753
Location
Netherlands
But the gorgeous 1987 JF65 I recently picked up really is the holy grail of the maple arch back jumbos that I have. Huge projection and still has a beautiful clear tone, all the way through the trebles. I’m sure the aged wood has a lot to do with that.

View attachment 36603
Hello PB,

Just so you know ...... that particular JF-65 is from the year 1998, but that doesn't make it a lesser guitar!

Sincerely,

Hans Moust
www.guitarsgalore.nl
 

PreacherBob

Member
Joined
Mar 13, 2022
Messages
465
Reaction score
648
Location
Leesville, SC
Guild Total
14
Hello PB,

Just so you know ...... that particular JF-65 is from the year 1998, but that doesn't make it a lesser guitar!

Sincerely,

Hans Moust
www.guitarsgalore.nl
Yeah Ive been using the method you told me to a couple weeks ago on the 1994 D55. The gentleman I just bought the JF65 from seemed dead set on 1987, however the neck block stamp says Oct 19, 1998. Also the 1987 JF65-12 I just got was sold as 1987, but the neck block stamp says 1991. So I’m pretty sure half the guitars I have are not the years I purchased them as. But in the end your are so right, they are GREAT guitars nonetheles!

JF65
2352F9C0-F08E-4AE6-AB93-C044A1FAD6AF.png
 
Top