Latest versions of classic Guild acoustics demo’d
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Guild is undoubtedly the ‘other’ classic American acoustic brand. Sat on proud foundations that date back to New York in 1952, it nonetheless had a somewhat rockier ride through the latter 20th and early 21st centuries than either of its principal rivals Martin and Gibson. During this period Guild has had to undergo major changes of ownership and strategy, not to mention moves between numerous production facilities.
Guitar giant Fender acquired Guild in 1995, and has certainly taken its time re-establishing the model line and brand. Initially built in Corona, California, then moved to the old Tacoma factory in Washington State, Guild has eventually found its new home somewhat closer to its original roots in New Hartford, Connecticut.
Instruments started rolling off the line in 2009, increasing in number and variation ever since. These three all hail proudly from New Hartford and for all intents and purposes are the ‘classic’ Guild models. The D-55 dreadnought and F-512 12-string Jumbo come from the premium Traditional Series, while the F-30 is from the slightly lower priced, although still American-made, Standard Series. It’s been quite the journey, so let’s see how our journeymen have fared.
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