Written on: 06/02/2013 by alvinshock
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... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2012 by Lym-a-Rita
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... (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2012 by DC5950
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... (read more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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,... (read more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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.
This... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
Written on: 23/04/2010 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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 email@example.com if you find my old friend, There's a reward for her, dead or alive,,,,,,,,,, (read more)
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... (read more)
Written on: 22/09/2009
Purchased my Guild D25 new in early 1977, and I am the only owner it has had. It has been on stage, in living rooms and outside at my picnic table helping me write songs. It is undoughtedly the finest, richest sounding guitar I have ever owned. I have several acoustics and have had others through the years I have bought and sold from mid to high end guitars and my D25 has always been the one I felt done the best job for what I play and how it feels. It has soul.
The only guitar I have played... (read more)
Written on: 14/03/2009
The Guild D-25 is the first guitar that I ever played. 17 years later I still love it! The timbre is full and rich, and it's louder than my buddie's Martin! Ha! Amazing volume and tone. It is however, kind of difficult to play because the strings are so tight. (read more)
Written on: 08/01/2009
I have a 1974 red d-25, and a 1980 d-25. Best 6 strings i've played. Play it hard, and you can keep up volume-wise with the acoustic piano player. The 1974 i have is a very light instrument. plays sweetly, and deliver's in a more soft way. The 1980 i have is a very heavy guitar. you can slam the hell out of it, and it will just keep going. not that the 1974 one can't, it's just that the later model does it so much better. I've played a lot of different guitars, and none have the... (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2008
The D25 Series is the most usable acoustic guitar built. It's legacy is in the bluegrass world and marked as a workhorse of a guitar. Playability is excellent. Balance is excellent. With a set of 10's or 11's, the mixture of bright strings with the arch back bring out the absolute best in the D25. I've owned my D25 Cherry since new in 1974. It has never failed me. I will, without hesitation, stack it up against any Martin or Gibson acoustic from the same era. (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2008 by Bdub57 (1 review written)
My tobacco red Guild D25 has been my companion through life -- I'm 51 and bought it off a floor rack at a Sam Ash on Long Island when I was 17 -- using $450 from my first government college grant check. (In those days, they mailed the money straight to you.) Solid, bright as a bell with a ballsy bottom, if I didn't have 2 kids who play I'd ask to be buried with this baby. Rumour has it the D25 can play bottom heavy in the studio. I don't know from experience as I haven't recorded with it.... (read more)
Written on: 08/11/2008 by Here
Eninently playable. Beautiful loud resonant tone. Aesthetically appealing.Word is getting out decades after their debut.... Only those too stupid to deserve these carry them in "gig-bags"; to ship in one, criminal. I'd take more of these. (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2008 by GANAIMN (1 review written)
The guild case wore out with all the gigs it went to, but many modern ABS cases will fit. However, it is important to take it to a shop to ensure it fits, as not all will do so, and accomadate the guitar's curved back.
Proof of how fond I am of it - I'd never bought another guitar until this year when I found another one of same age, same model, but in unblemished condition, which is my reserve guitar now. (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2008
Fantastic tone with Martin medium strings, lots of bass response, and loud withit. A superb alternative to a Martin.
Mine is about 15 years old, and I love it.
Ian Anderson (read more)
Written on: 01/01/2007 by KKalanges (1 review written)
I bought my D-25 in early 1974. It has a mahogany top, sides and back. I have moved around the country since then and it has travelled with me. I don't abuse it. But I also don't get overly concerned about climate control. It has always been kept in the living space of my various residences. But no climate control, etc. The finish on the back is still fairly high gloss with one small wear spot. The rest of the instrument looks near new. Although I think that Gibson necks are still the best... (read more)
Written on: 14/09/2004 by matnicholls (2 reviews written)
Guild D-25 - In summer 2002 I decided that I needed an acoustic guitar I could commit to. Having saved up my money, I went out and played a load of guitars - Taylors, Martins, Gibsons, etc. On price, sound and build quality, the Guild D-25 was the overwhelming winner.
The D-25 has a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides, arched-back construction and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. My model is finished in a natural hig- gloss finish and has stock Guild tuners. No electronics to... (read more)