I’m a newcomer to this thread despite playing guitars for most of my life. My brother bought me an acoustic for my 14th Birthday. I mentioned my guitar collection on another thread but thought it might be better to show it off here.
I usually had at least one guitar with me throughout my army career (with the exception of Ops tours - I’m not James Blunt). I’ve been steadily acquiring guitars over the years to the point that Madam is complaining about how much room they take up.
Here is (most) of the current line-up, starting with the acoustic collection (with the exception of the 79 Les Paul Goldtop):
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Then the electric collection:
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..and my latest find: A Tacoma P1 Papoose imported from the USA never seen one for sale (or even seen one played) in the UK.
View attachment 555701Full-size neck, small body tuned in A (like a capo on the fifth fret) sounds great played with a normal acoustic tuned in E. or just on its own. Shown alongside my Tanglewood electro-acoustic for size comparison.
There’s a couple missing from the pics - still in their cases following a recent house move. I’ll get around to photographing them soon. I’m still on the lookout for more to add to the collection.
Forget the first 5 minutes - in fact, JUMP the first 5 minutes - of Bert Weedon "Play in a Day" cord shapes . . . the string bending, finger work, from 5 minutes onwards, is rather good !!
and the string bending, finger work, from earlier . . .
What model is the Guild in the first pic? A decent vintage one is next on my list.
Thanks for replying back. That isn't a model i'd heard of either with the M suffix. There's a lot to like about the Guild brand from the vintage era. I've been lusting after one since hearing Kelly Joe Phelps play one live at Union Chapel in London many moons ago.The Guild is a 1986 D16M. The ‘M’ designation denotes that it is all mahogany: body, top, neck and even the fingerboard are all mahogany. I wasn’t sure about the fingerboard until my luthier had it for a minor repair (small piece of trim fell off the heel of the neck), he pointed out that the fingerboard was mahogany too. Apparently very rare - most are rosewood, maple or ebony.
Sounds amazing, particularly at the bottom end. Very warm tone. Best acoustic I’ve played.
Thanks for replying back. That isn't a model i'd heard of either with the M suffix. There's a lot to like about the Guild brand from the vintage era. I've been lusting after one since hearing Kelly Joe Phelps play one live at Union Chapel in London many moons ago.
Maybe one day i'll drop lucky on a 1960s D-50 in Brazilian Rosewood at a car boot...I live in hope.
In the mid- to late-1980s Guild made three Dreadnaught guitars: the D15, D16 and D17. Basically all the same guitar but with different trim levels. The D16 was also available in different materials, designated by the suffix. D16H (Herringbone), D16A (Ash), D-16K (Koa) D16W (Walnut) and the D16M (Mahogany). The D15 and D17 were also mahogany-based but not all-mahogany like the D16M.
These guitars were made between 1986 and about 1990. Fender took over Guild in 1995 and stopped production in Westerley, Rhode Island. Pre-Fender Guilds are often referred to as ‘Westerley’ Guilds.
If you want a vintage Guild, look for the Westerley, Rhode aIsland marking on the internal sticker.