Guild GAD-JF48 Review

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Reviews: Guild GAD-JF48

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  • One of the Best in the Guild Lineup

  • By Guild FANatic on Feb 18, 2012 | 5 out of 5 found it helpful
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  • Pros: This guitar is quite simply amazing for the price. It technically has been discontinued by Guild, but if you can find one on ebay or some other online merchant, go ahead and grab it quick. You wont find a better guitar for the money.
  • Cons: There is absolutely nothing I can honestly say I dislike about the guitar. See below for more details.
  • Experience: I own it
  • I got one of these online in early 2009 in a natural finish as seen in the attached photo. I liked this particular model so well, I invested in another in an antique burst finish and a third (albeit at a deep discount on ebay in a natural finish) Even though I got these at good prices, I would be willing to pay more, it is simply that good of a guitar. Made with a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides and an ebony fretboard with snowflake inlays, the materials are truly outstanding. The finish is superb on both the natural and the antique burst and the choice of woods makes it simply beautiful to behold. Say what you will about the fact that it is made in China - a lot of guitar snobs out there will turn their nose up at that simple fact. The guitar cost me about $799 at a discount of the MSRP, but honestly, to get something this good in a U.S. made guitar you would have to pay at least three times the price if not four or five. I have seen Gibsons and Martins at those higher price points that are close in quality, materials and sound. Taylor also has guitars at higher price points that can match. But to afford that, you'd have to be making a high six figure salary, so this allows the bottom 99% to afford something really great. Most importantly, it has a lovely tone and sustain on both the high and low end and is extremely easy to play. Some may require a set up, but mine for the most part, were just fine out of the box. This is a classic Guild jumbo that I know will only get better with age and that I look forward to passing down to my kids one day.

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