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6 hours ago, Marvel said:

Ah, a '74 Guild F-30R... the other is a '91 Taylor 812c.

I have a Guild GG ..George Gruhn model .. unobtanium even when new   Acoustic .??  I have a Washburn acoustic/ electric that I really like

A friend actually worked at Guild in the late 1970s.. Westerly Rhode Island, I believe

Many fine instruments came from there ...You know the Name has been resurrected for Chinese production ..🙄

 

 

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The higher end series is made in Oxnard, California. The Chinese built, Westerly Collection, are actually well made guitars, but probably spotty and have good and not so good.

 

I'm saving up for a Martin DSS-17. Always liked the sloped shoulder dreads. Used to have a Gibson J45,  old when I got it in the early '70s.

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22 hours ago, Marvel said:

The higher end series is made in Oxnard, California. The Chinese built, Westerly Collection, are actually well made guitars, but probably spotty and have good and not so good.

 

I'm saving up for a Martin DSS-17. Always liked the sloped shoulder dreads. Used to have a Gibson J45,  old when I got it in the early '70s.

I have cut back from some 40 🙄 guitars to a more reasonable 10, or so

Over 50 or so years, they tend to creep on in the house.  😀

I really like the Westerly Guilds that I have ..the George Gruhn model especially

Lotsa options to Martin these day's a friend has a spectacular Takaminedont know if I have mentioned this, but I purchased a Washburn acoustic/ electric that is s fine instrumentfirst one I had ever played in all that time

 

 

 

 

 

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Duke and I have been talking about guitars in another thread... I asked Travis if he could declutter the thread and put the posts here so we, and others, could continue...

 

Collecting guitars is like collecting speakers... 

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There weren't a lot of inexpensive acoustic guitars in the mid to late '60s. My mom had a Silvertone (maybe a Harmony) she picked up, that was just about perfect as far as construction and intonation, if not the greatest tone. She never played it, think she got it for me. Two friends of my brother started playing when I was a freshman in hs. They were jrs... I ended up with a Martin 00-18 (used), and it was a nice little guitar.

 

About my jr year I found a Martin D-28 in a pawn shop for $350, I think it was made in '63. I later sold it to my best friend for the same price. He recently sold it to a CF Martin employee for $5k.

 

I had a Regal tenor guitar along the way, and a Moseright resonator. Somewhere in there I got a Gibson J-45, that had that nice tight sound for rhythm work. I picked up a nice Gibson ES-125T, but is was stolen out of my car. While touring with some friends I found a Gibson ES-140 and original case for $100... That's one I wish I still had.

 

Then I found a '51 Martin D-18, now in the hands of my BIL.  Around 1974 I bought a new Guild D30 R, a nice small size Jumbo shape body in Spruce and Rosewood. Around the same time as that I picked up a Kalamazoo Oriole lap steel.

 

In the mid '90s I bought a new Taylor 615 maple Jumbo, a delightful sound cannon, and then a used Taylor 812C.  More recently I found a nice Godin SC but only kept it a few years.

 

I may have forgotten something along the way (electric bass...), but that's pretty much it. I only have two acoustics and the lap steel now. I don't have pics for most of those past instruments...

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This is most of my collection. With the exception of the Epiphone acoustic on the far right, I've either built or rehabbed them all. I've built about a dozen guitars from parts or kits over the years.  Only four are in this picture.

 

 

 

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First off I have this beater Oscar Schmidt (by Washburn) that was getting tossed out at work when one of our residential programs for runaway youth was shutting down at the beginning of the pandemic.

It was, and is, in pretty rough shape.

Initially it had a couple of busted tuners and a loose brace inside the top that sounded like a mad Bee anytime you strummed with any effort.

 

I reglued the brace which was a pretty easy job and transplanted the grover tuners from my old Taylor neck(more on that later).

It's a solid plywood guitar with a decently shaped neck.

Overall the action is still kind of high but I haven't felt like experimenting with a neck reset.

It sounds kind of like a plywood guitar but it's not too terrible and I don't mind leaving it out in the corner of the living room without a stand.

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This is a West German made Lyra, Baritone Ukulele from the 1960's that belonged to my mom when she was in highschool.

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The patina on it is just wonderful.

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I like making the little swoopy pattern with the ends of the strings when I tie them off.

Seems to me as though it's the proper way to do it as it keeps the ends from buzzing.

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