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Taylor Martin Guild

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I have posted about my D-55 and the Arm Rest problem.
It has been at my Tech's place for about a month now.
I can't believe how much I am missing it.

I have had thoughts about selling it but I now realize just how much I would miss it if it were gone permanently.
 

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No pictures.
I tried but the camera didn't pick it up.
It isn't that much and I know that I have over-reacted because I am so upset that the arm guard caused my beautiful guitar the damage.
Still, I am having it repaired.
I talked with the Tech yesterday and he told me that it will take multiple coats of Lacquer to fill the voids in. He said there were a few small places that the finish was completely missing.
All in all the damaged area is about 1/4 inch wide and about 8 inches long.

I could not enjoy playing the guitar with the damage.
Every time I tried to play it, I would focus on the damage and get upset again.
After the repairs. I will most likely keep the guitar..
I was thinking about selling it and looking for a DV-73 but I actually like the looks of the D-55 as much as I do the DV-73.
I would have to add about $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 to the money that I would sell the D-55 for to get a DV-73.
The DV-73 is not a $2,000.00 better guitar to me.
 

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Still Don't Have My D-55 Back!
I can't believe it is taking this long to touch up the edge of my D-55.
Three month is a bit of overkill, I think.

Like the title says,
I sure am missing my guitar.
I was considering selling it when I took it in for the repair but the longer it is away from me the more I miss and want it back.
Perhaps this was a sign.
 

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Probably never really an issue until you tire of the rest and want it gone. I see other guitars out there for sale with that rest on and I'm sure it would be heartbreak if you pulled those off to, so I will shy away from guitars with that on, so kudos for having alerted us to a problem none of us want.

I like honest wear on guitars, but there's something about a guitar's top, it's face, we don't like a whole lot of disfigurement there, just the gentle signs of aging.

When I inflict needless damage on a guitar that was fine before it met me, I almost have to sell it. It's just a reminder of a boo boo that could have been avoided. Similarly, when a tech screws up something I paid good money for, and there is no recourse but to go another tech to have it fixed properly, to start all over again after already paying too much and waiting too long. For me just sell it, bad memory, better gone.
 

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The DV73 is on my Guild bucket list, but at their going price it will probably stay on my list! I keep telling myself "It's just bling."
 

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When I inflict needless damage on a guitar that was fine before it met me, I almost have to sell it. It's just a reminder of a boo boo that could have been avoided. Similarly, when a tech screws up something I paid good money for, and there is no recourse but to go another tech to have it fixed properly, to start all over again after already paying too much and waiting too long. For me just sell it, bad memory, better gone.
Yes, I tend to do this, too. I’ve thankfully managed to hang onto a few by doing the repair myself. But I haven’t left a guitar with a tech since the early ‘80s. If it’s beyond my repair capabilities, I just sell it & like you said, let the bad memory quickly fade away. Pretty easy to do once it’s gone!
 

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First of all your tech likely had a bunch of work before he got to your guitar. Maybe so much he hasn't started yet. This is good. It means he is good. Second, laquer takes forever and a day to dry to the point you can polishe it out, and it's good to dry a week between coat
 

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I agree with your thoughts, Br1ck.
My Tech also had his Air Brush quit on him and it took a while to replace it.
I'm just getting antsy waiting to get the guitar back.

I have plenty of other guitars but I like to rotate them and I miss having the D-55 in the rotation.
It will be nice to get it back after over 6 months.
Kind of a new guitar day.
 

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The DV73 is on my Guild bucket list, but at their going price it will probably stay on my list! I keep telling myself "It's just bling."
I can tell you , there is more than bling on mine.

Ralph
 

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I love the looks of a D-55 as much as a DV-73 myself.
The difference is the amount produced and collectability.
I love to hear blind these and would be excited to have someone here do an A/B with the D-55 and the DV-72/73.

By the way I contacted my Tech and my guitar is still about two weeks out.
It's driving me nuts!
 

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First of all your tech likely had a bunch of work before he got to your guitar. Maybe so much he hasn't started yet. This is good. It means he is good. Second, lacquer takes forever and a day to dry to the point you can polish it out, and it's good to dry a week between coat
Word.

Also, they need to be properly humidified to commence any work properly, including finishing, and TMG, I think Utah's pretty dry most of the time, right? So there might have been time spent in a humidifying area before anything else could start.
 

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My guitar is getting the proper treatment as far as I know.
I just miss it a lot.
It is better to take the time to do it right than to hurry it up and not have the best finished product.
Just being impatient, I know.
 

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Sorry about the D-55 but I think armrests are BS
I think it depends on the biology of the player. A friend who uses them on all his guitars said before he started installing armrests, his arm draped over the top softened and "melted" the lacquer, leaving that area cloudy and lumpy. (Even his armrests are discolored!)

He's not a heavy perspirer -- it must have to do with his pH balance or a heightened body temp or something.
 

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I think it depends on the biology of the player. A friend who uses them on all his guitars said before he started installing armrests, his arm draped over the top softened and "melted" the lacquer, leaving that area cloudy and lumpy. (Even his armrests are discolored!)
My own D25 suffered similar damage from many an hour of playing in the summer heat, so forearm'd get a little moist. At the time I was unaware of the dangers of sweat to the finish and didn't wipe down promptly.

One day while polishing noticed an area on the lower bout that didn't seem to polish up properly and seemed a little bit gummy, even. While trying to analyze the problem, realized it was localized around the area where my forearm'd be while playing, must be sweat damage.

Was able to recover it by storing it for about 6 months with no play, hoping the lacquer'd outgas while not being exposed to further sweat damage and harden up again, which it did.

But there's still that area on the top that never quite gets the full gloss the rest of it does and can be seen as slightly cloudy form an angle.

I'm still in the "no armrest" camp, though. But that's just me and for purely ergonomic reasons, besides the possibility of the rest's own adhesive damaging the top.
 

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My own D25 suffered similar damage from many an hour of playing in the summer heat, so forearm'd get a little moist. At the time I was unaware of the dangers of sweat to the finish and didn't wipe down promptly.

One day while polishing noticed an area on the lower bout that didn't seem to polish up properly and seemed a little bit gummy, even. While trying to analyze the problem, realized it was localized around the area where my forearm'd be while playing, must be sweat damage.

Was able to recover it by storing it for about 6 months with no play, hoping the lacquer'd outgas while not being exposed to further sweat damage and harden up again, which it did.

But there's still that area on the top that never quite gets the full gloss the rest of it does and can be seen as slightly cloudy form an angle.

I'm still in the "no armrest" camp, though. But that's just me and for purely ergonomic reasons, besides the possibility of the rest's own adhesive damaging the top.
Same story on my 73 Martin D35 I bought new. I've been wearing a long sleeve shirt or a sleeve now for the last 20 years.

Ralph
 
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