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Guild D-25

“Guild D25M”

Written on: 25/08/2013 by guildman (1 review written)

Bought my new D25M in 1977, and had pickup,s fitted - one on each side of the bridge. The quality of sound is soft when needed and bold when required, the action remains superb. Had some frets replaced to cure the buzz worn ones cause but that's it. Would never replace it … Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“my sweet guilda”

Written on: 07/06/2013 by michaeldwood (1 review written)

i bought my d25m new in 1978 for about $500 after playing several other nice guitars at the store. i selected it for its tone, action, and price. it sat in its case for about 15 years and damn me for a fool, i didn't take the tension off the neck. when i picked it up again the neck was still fine. this guitar stays in tune and still sounds great. even after being abused by baggage handlers at the airport, putting a small fracture where the top meets the body. since i bought this guitar, i have… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“Simply the best”

Written on: 03/06/2013 by bosco25 (1 review written)

My d25 is from the mid 70's, it is the most incredible guitar I have ever had the pleasure of playing. It stays in tune thru many weather changes. I use only lights and ultralight strings as I have come to realize the heavy strings seem dull after a while plus it is not the best for the truss rod. This guitar is a true friend. I have had the best sessions at 3AM when the warm and clean crisp sustain echos in my living space. My experience is mainly for personal entertainment. I had always… Read Full Review

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Mikeglosta's Response to bosco25's Review

Written on: 07/06/2013

I play a 1971 Guild D25 which I bought new from Boston Music. Paid $200 plus 50 for a hardshell case. I've had to reglue the bridge, did it myself - no big task - have done little else. It's got a few cracks, down to the bare mahogany from the bridge repair, and a lot of finger grease from sweat along the neck. The frets are pretty worn which are so low that other guitars feel like the swiss alps along the neck when I play them. This guitar is incredibly worn - and sounds fantastic. As the company says, made to play, which I have done for over 40 years. It's not mint - they go for around $800 for a '71 - but I wouldn't sell mine for three times that amount. Another point, I've never played another guild with action as low as this one.

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Bosco25's reply to Mikeglosta's Comment

Written on: 10/06/2013

I agree, I would not give mine up for any amount. Luckily I have no cracks or unreasonable wear for a guitar this old. The action is quite low compared to any other premium guitars I have played. I only finger pick, and at times it almost sounds like a 12 string. i feel very lucky as time goes on and it just gets better and better.

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Guild D-25

“Guild Guitar D25”

Written on: 06/02/2013 by alvinshock (1 review written)

I have a Guild D25 that I traded for a parrot back in 1980. I am primarily a bass player, and the thing has sat around in the case for years. It sounds great, but is an animal to play, I think it needs some work to bring it back into shape. I have been playing it a lot more as of late and wanted to purchase something like a Martin. I have not been able to pull the trigger on a new guitar and I think that I have not found one that has the same resonance. After reading all of the comments here, I… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“76 D25M”

Written on: 05/10/2012 by Lym-a-Rita (1 review written)

I go to music stores and play all the big name guitars and have to say they generally sound crappy to me and seem poorly made. This I suspect is because I have this Guild, this heavy duty dreadnought which sets an unrealistic bar. I feel a little self conscious responding to this thread as I only play for entertainment, don't flail away or us a pick, mostly play only what I figure out. But after doing this for generations I have an appreciation for good tone, playability and good construction… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“D25M Guild”

Written on: 06/06/2012 by DC5950 (1 review written)

I bought my Guild D25M in 1978 wth a tax return. Best thing I ever bought w/tax money, by far. I still own the Guitar and play it daily. I gig w/it and it always gets rave reviews. The sound has only gotten better w/age. Everyone who hears it asks "where did you find that guitar". I have made a few minor adjustments. I replaced the orginal tuning gears w/German made 12to1's. added a bone nut and saddle and a pickup for amplification. It still sounds like an acoustic guitar. I have had to have… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to DC5950's Review

Written on: 21/07/2012

I have had my D25M since the late 70's and paid about 300 for it then used. A guitar is a very personal thing and what sounds and plays good to one person can be totally different to another . I dont know if I have the guitar players disease of never being satisfied and always looking or that "perfect axe"....but I do not like my D25m. It only sounds good when new medium bright strings are on for a couple weeks, then the tone goes flat and dull and its hard to tune. Nothing worse than an out of tune guitar. And I've always found it hard to play. gotta dig deep. Not for me. Id like to sell it and will be putting it on Ebay soon. Its 35 years old.

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Guild D-25

“I purchased the Guild D-25 in Manhattan when I was 29...”

Written on: 17/02/2011 by jamrondun (1 review written)

I purchased the Guild D-25 in Manhattan when I was 29 years old. That was 1979 and the guitar is in the same condition now with only a few minor nicks and scratches. It sounds great, stays in tune better than any guitar I've ever owned.

Better for soft finger picking than strumming. Very good for jazz chords and single note runs. I have recorded the instrument in well known LA and NYC studios. Sounds great without pick - just fingers… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“Bought my D 25 in 1980. I've played it regularly ever...”

Written on: 10/01/2011 by algomapicker (1 review written)

Bought my D 25 in 1980. I've played it regularly ever since. Quite alot in the last 20 years. Intalled a Fishman pickup back in the mid 90's. Have dressed the frets several times. Some work on the bridge coming slowly unglued. This is my baby. If it needs work it gets nothing but the best. I've been playing it in bands for the last 5 years along with my Telecaster. Rather just play the Guild D 25. The sound running through the amps is stunning. Pretty much a common thing for someone… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“Just got a 1976 D25M off of Craigslist. It is a one...”

Written on: 05/01/2011 by TelemarkTumalo (1 review written)

Just got a 1976 D25M off of Craigslist. It is a one owner, all original bridge, nut and tuners. Much better than average condition for a 34 year old instrument. A few nicks and scratches and the owner remembered how they were all earned, no checking, no cracks. The sound is much better than I expected, with decent low tones and a very full mid-range. Good playability and the action is decent. This guitar really feels good, looks great and sounds awesome. I paid $500 for the guitar, maybe… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“One can only hope that the newer D25's age as...”

Written on: 04/01/2011

One can only hope that the newer D25's age as gracefully as their predecessors. Mine is a 79 Cherry archback, stock tuning works but bridge pins and nuts replaced. Having played this guitar almost exclusively for over 30 years, I have become totally biased to her, finding few that can match her tone and versatility. I have been actively seeking a new guitar purchase but have difficulty accepting otherwise well made and reputable instruments for their own unique qualities as the bar has been… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“I purchased my D-25M new in 1971. It was the first new...”

Written on: 16/12/2010

I purchased my D-25M new in 1971. It was the first new guitar I'd ever owned. As soon as I had a little extra money I replaced the cheap stock machine heads with a set of Schaller machine heads and I was set. As the guitar aged the mahogony top made the sound grow richer and bass tones grow deeper. Just before my first child was born in 1981 I had to sell the guitar to raise money to buy baby stuff but by that point I wasn't playing as much as I used to. I still think about that guitar… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“I first played a Guild guitar when I was in college...”

Written on: 04/12/2010

I first played a Guild guitar when I was in college back in 1967. It was the best sounding acoustic of all the brands that I tried. But, back then I needed money for college so I bought a cheaper Yamaha guitar. I finally found a used D-25 in 2003 that I bought for $545. As soon as I played the first few chords I knew that this was the guitar that I had always wanted to have. I use Martin 10's and it sounds great. I like the full, bass sound that I get on whatever style I play.
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Guild D-25

“Your description of the guitar's sound is great,...”

Written on: 21/08/2010

Your description of the guitar's sound is great, particularly in the second paragraph. Musical sounds are often difficult to express in words. A poetic expression to be sure. You have done it well. Welcome to the GUILD… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“I bought a Guild D-25 (rose/cherry) in 1968 at Manny's...”

Written on: 07/07/2010

I bought a Guild D-25 (rose/cherry) in 1968 at Manny's on 48th Street. It cost $125, which was 2 months rent back then. (2 months rent now-2010- in Manhattan/NYC would be 3-7 thousand dollars)

It has a sound so responsive and beautiful- rich on the bottom, bells on top, otherworldy sustain/overtones- it's better in my opinion than the old Gibsons or Martins because it's more mysterious (the G's and M's are balanced and even and perfect, but there's a mournfulness to the Guild). I always… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 16/01/2012

I have a cherry d25 with serial number 06728 from hoboken, new jersey on the label. Does your label have the same location?

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Guild D-25

“Bought my D-25 new in 73" with a Guild original...”

Written on: 24/06/2010

Bought my D-25 new in 73" with a Guild original hardcase. Flat back, solid mahogany front. back, side. Never had it professionally set up until last year. If you have not had that done...do it! made all the difference in the world (find a good luthier). Hey, don't get me wrong, great guitar before set up but now out of this world… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“I first seen the D25 in the late 70s...never forgot...”

Written on: 24/04/2010 by victor trolio (1 review written)

I first seen the D25 in the late 70s...never forgot the tone,or color..they wanted 500.00 for it back then...I bought the fender for 275.00 and still have it today...but never forgot the guild. A few months back i got a tip on a shop
in painsville Oh. where there might be a guild just siting around...kind of
place you never know....right. The guy says he has one in the back thats been
siting around for some time and he has,int had a chance to work on it yet.
When he brought it out i nearly… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“I sold my 73 D25 to buy my sister's boyfriend 64...”

Written on: 03/02/2010

I sold my 73 D25 to buy my sister's boyfriend 64 Martin D18 back in 1974. He was going into the army and need the cash. While my D18 is a very special guitar and I still get goose bumps from the sound it is capable of, I do have a soft spot for my old cherry red mahogony arch back. It was and I hope is still a great instument. All the others I ve played have been very nice as well.

The sound, playability and finish were all top notch. While I love my D18 I do regret sellinmg that old D25… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“I recently bought a used 1980 D-25. It is a antique...”

Written on: 19/01/2010

I recently bought a used 1980 D-25. It is a antique burst with a black headstock. The top is a little dried out but no cracks. The neck is straight and the action is med to high. Someday it will need a neck reset but after 30 years its inevitable. The tone on this guitar is.. well, fantastic. Solidly built, and of course from Westerly RI. Get one now before people discover... Also this guitar stays in tune better that my Gibson Les Paul… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“ I purchased this guitar in 1969, Unfortunatly someone...”

Written on: 07/10/2009 by sarahlyn (1 review written)

I purchased this guitar in 1969, Unfortunatly someone stold it in the 70's. I miss it dearly. Today I have a Martin D28, it's a great guitar but I dearly miss my old Guild which if I can remember corectly was much easier to play than my Martin. The sound wasn't as good as the Martin but better than antthing else I've played. I scratched SARAH inside it if anyone finds my old Guild, you can reach me at araslyn@msn.com if you find my old friend, There's a reward for her, dead or alive… Read Full Review

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Guild D-25

“Bought a new Guild D 25m Spec. in '81. The Spec., I...”

Written on: 24/09/2009 by Duane C (1 review written)

Bought a new Guild D 25m Spec. in '81. The Spec., I have researched refers to the closed Schaller type tuners upgrade, instead of the usual open gears that were standard on the D25m (I have not seen another like it). Reddish Brown spruce top is still beautiful and sets it appart from anything else out there. The sound is remarkable as others have described and the neck is narrow compared to others in that time. It really has been a joy to play and it becomes center of attention by others when… Read Full Review

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