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    JF-30 (6 String) LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the JF-30:
    Year & specific model:
    Purchased new or used:
    Price paid:

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality
    Looks
    Projection
    Bass
    Mids
    Highs
    Sustain
    Playability/comfort
    Dependability
    Fingerstyle
    Flatpick
    Strum

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor):

    Favorite Strings (one selection only):

    Would you buy another if lost/sold:

    Overall Assessment:

    Most Appreciated Characteristic:
    Least Appreciated:
    Favorite JF-30 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments:
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    Re: JF-30 (6 String) LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the JF-30: 16 years
    Year & specific model: 1995 JF-30 Sunburst, Westerly
    Purchased new or used: New
    Price paid: $900

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality: 10
    Looks: 9
    Projection: 9
    Bass: 9
    Mids: 8
    Highs: 9
    Sustain: 9
    Playability/comfort: 7 action is high. might need neck reset
    Dependability: 10
    Fingerstyle: 9
    Flatpick: 8
    Strum: 8

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Good. Scratches, dents, some checking. Didn't humidify for 1st 14 years.

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Elixir Mediums .013's

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: I would be looking for one the very next day!

    Overall Assessment: 9

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: The nice full sound.
    Least Appreciated: The possible neck reset I might have to get done.
    Favorite JF-30 Story/Moment: Even though the guitar is not blingy with inlays I constantly get comments about what a beautiful guitar it is by other players and music lovers!

    Other observations/comments: I changed the Original Grovers with Gold Grover Locking Rotomatics. Can't wait to have the neck reset and get the action down low!

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    How long have you owned the JF-30: Since Summer 2003
    Year & specific model: Early 90's, I think - Made in Westerly, Rhode Island
    Purchased new or used: used
    Price paid: $700

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 10
    Looks 8
    Projection 10
    Bass 10
    Mids 10
    Highs 10
    Sustain 10
    Playability/comfort 9
    Dependability 10
    Fingerstyle 8
    Flatpick 8
    Strum 10

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Good - there is checking on the top ad neck, but I like it like that

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): GHS

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Maybe

    Overall Assessment: Great guitar

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: The sound
    Least Appreciated: The body is really big, and I have these short tyrannosaurus arms, so it's not as comfortable to play as my F47
    Favorite JF-30 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments: Biggest sound of any guitar I've ever heard.


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    How long have you owned the JF-30: several weeks
    Year & specific model: 1998 jf30
    Purchased new or used: used
    Price paid: 825 USD

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality: 9
    Looks: 9
    Projection: the loudest i've played
    Bass: 8
    Mids: 8
    Highs: 7
    Sustain: 7
    Playability/comfort: 6
    Dependability: 7
    Fingerstyle: 5
    Flatpick: I can't play that
    Strum: 10+

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Exellent. But it needs reset

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): R Rocco

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: I'll buy another Guild jumbo, not necessarily JF30

    Overall Assessment:

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Loudness and balance. And most of all, its vintage vibe
    Least Appreciated: physical size
    Favorite JF-30 Story/Moment: Finding old songs that this jumbo can be played on. So far, this list includes:"The rain song", "baby I'm gonna leave you", "Wish you were here", "Mother", "Lover, you should've come over", "Patience", "Don't cry", and "House of the rising sun"

    Other observations/comments: jf30 is my fav among Martin 000-28, 00-18v, D28, Taylor 414ce, gs-mini, Gibson L-00, Original jumbo RI, Maton SRS70. Any of these I just mentioned sounds great when I play them. But they can't inspire me and I'll grow out of love soon. I just don't know what I can do with them. JF30 is different. It sounds boring at first. But it steadily grew on me to an extent that this sound could be the only right kind of vibe for my acoustic guitar love.

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    How long have you owned the JF-30: Had it less than a year
    Year & specific model: The 93rd - JF-30 made in its first year of issue 1987
    Purchased new or used: Used. Traded my LP Trad Pro II for it
    Price paid: See the above comment. No money changed hands.

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 9
    Looks 8 / I hate tortoise pickguards. Black would have been sharper.
    Projection 8
    Bass 7
    Mids 8
    Highs 9
    Sustain 8
    Playability/comfort 7
    Dependability 9
    Fingerstyle 6 / To cramped at the nut
    Flatpick 8
    Strum 8

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Ex / Had checking on the back, but is was a 31 year old guitar when I got it.

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): Depends I change strings like underwear

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: No

    Overall Assessment: Great guitar just not the right guitar for me

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Maple Snap
    Least Appreciated: Huge and Heavy
    Favorite JF-30 Story/Moment: Walking out of the store with a new to me guitar and leaving a Gibson behind

    Other observations/comments: None come to mind
    Last edited by JF-30; 01-07-2020 at 07:10 AM.
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    I know you're asking about the JF30 6-string, but I thought I'd add my review of my JF30-12...

    How long have you owned the JF-30:
    4-5 years
    Year & specific model: 2002 out of Corona
    Purchased new or used: Used
    Price paid: 800 (don't tell anybody)

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    All 10s:

    Build quality
    Looks
    Projection
    Bass
    Mids
    Highs
    Sustain
    Playability/comfort
    Dependability
    Fingerstyle
    Flatpick
    Strum

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Excellent/mint

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): EJ-something or other. 10s.

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Unlikely there's another like this one.

    Overall Assessment: spectacular

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: great burst, ebony fretboard, big sound, balance
    Least Appreciated: [crickets]
    Favorite JF-30 Story/Moment: Was going to SoCal anyway, but drove 700 miles to pick up from private party. Checked it out for two minutes, "I'll take it."

    Other observations/comments: My first Guild. Not my last.

    2018 Guild F512 Sunburst
    2011 Guild F50R Sunburst
    2002 Guild JF30-12 Sunburst
    2018 Gibson Ltd. Ed. Songwriter Deluxe 12-string
    2015 Martin GPC12PA4 12-string
    
1972 Epiphone FT-160 12-string
    2012 Epiphone Dot CH

    2010 Epiphone Les Paul Standard trans amber 

    2013 Yamaha Motif XS7

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