I played Taylors, Martins, Guilds. I played a Guild acoustic electric cutaway (not sure of model) in a music shop by Dartmouth in NH and loved it unplugged, then I noticed a major crack in the neck. But it played and felt as solid as a new Guild. It felt heavy in my hand with a lot of bass. I remembered that feel and sound when I tried this one a year later and bought it.
Price: $880.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Real nice Fishman preamp/pickup system. Very solid, heavy, not as light and fragile as Taylors or Martins, yet great acoustic (non amped) sound. See other review for same features...
A bit harder than electric guitar as far as action. Lends to loud notes, get used to it. Better playing acoustic than sister's Martin D18. Only flaws are on the spruce top, a splintered crack from my two-year old dropping it from the kitchen table. I put the guitar away for a year. Started playing it 8 months ago, I am over it. Hey it was an accident, no big deal. The neck stayed on, these things are solid!
Playing thru PA is best. Electric guitar amps I have tried include, Marshall (1973) 100w Super Lead, Fender Blues Deville 4-10's, Fender Power Chorus (solid State), Straight thru PA is deep, crisp. Excellent. Never tried "acoustic" amp.
Very stable in all aspects. Never needed to tighten strap buttons. Never made neck adjustment. Controls are like new, no noises (static, etc.), Climate changes, no problem. s work horse.
I came very close to both a Martin and a Taylor, but to
get the electrics on those that I got on the Guild, I
would have had to lay down another $500. The
Martins and Taylors I played just didn't have the
"oomph" of this guitar; that big sound I want for
live playing. I will get other guitars for other needs,
but this one is a great onstage workhorse with a
Model Year: 1998
Price: $1300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash-hole
Built 11/98 in the Westerly, R.I. factory, solid aspen
spruce top, rosewood back and sides, mahogany
neck, ebony fretboard. Six strings. Fishman
electronics have transducer under the saddle and a
condenser mic at the sound hole. Volume knob,
treble and bass sliders, Blend slider to mix pickup
and mic, Notch filter knob, Frequency and Contour
sliders, phase switch. Natural spruce top and
rosewood sides, cutaway, fixed ebony bridge, Grover
I like the action a bit high for slide but not so I can't
chord easily; I like a big log of a neck to hang on to
and this one's big and round. If you like a thin neck,
this guitar isn't for you. There are some intersting
ripples in the grain of the spruce top... some might
call them flaws, I call them character.
I play through house PA's primarily, sometimes with
a Marshall Bluesbreaker to fatten tone for slide. I
play acoustic folk/rock and I love the big, booming
sound of this guitar. The curved back gives a great
bass response and the guitar is heavy--very solid. It
is a great stage guitar.
It's been very strong and reliable - had it over a year
and no adjustments yet. Small sympathetic vibration
buzz on the electronics, fixed by re-anchoring the
wire. I keep a dampit in whenever it's in the case.