U.K. website MusicRadar.com recently posted an online review of the Guild F-512, calling it a “12-string dream machine.”
“Compared to a regular acoustic, the F-512 is obviously a whole different boiling pan of poisson,” notes reviewer Mick Taylor. “You need to spend some time getting over the novelty of having a 12-string if you don’t play one regularly because, frankly, even the cheaper specimens sound pretty cool and different when they’re first strummed.
“This, however… oh lordy. You just revel in the sheer depth of the bass and the impressive punch with which notes and chords throw forwards. It’s such a sonorous instrument, one of those guitars that even gets non-guitar-players excited by the noise it’s making: very close to genuine magic. Go on, just try not playing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”
Andertons Music recently had an opportunity to demo two Guild guitars from the Newark St. Collection – the Starfire IV and X-175 Manhattan, and both instruments received high marks.
“The Guild Starfire IV is a familiar design with a quirky character all of its own,” noted the reputed dealer. ”The jagged scratchplate, ‘Harp’ tailpiece and distinctive ‘anti-hum’ pickups all add up to a classy vintage looking guitar that work hard and sounds fantastic! With a full bright tone you’d expect from a semi hollow the Starfire IV is a guitar we’re happy to welcome back to production!”
Andertons called the X-175 Manhattan “breathtaking,” with special scrutiny going to some of the guitar’s vintage accoutrements.
“Vintage features like tall frets, harp tailpiece and wooden bridge are all present and correct and you can’t help but feel the history of the guitar when you play it, so bold and authoritative is the tone,” they wrote.
The article traces the origins of this vintage guitar, which was reissued by Guild in 2013 in an Antique Burst finish.
As PG notes, the 1954 Guild catalog described the M-75 as follows: “The use of an exclusively developed lighter semi-solid body construction gives the Guild Aristocrat a magnificence of tone never before achieved in a guitar this size.”
PG goes on to detail the specific features of the 1958 model, and shares the current value for the vintage guitar.
Premier Guitar recently posted an in-depth review of the new Guild Starfire Bass reissue, as well as an audio demo.
“The original Starfires were intended to offer up an easy playing neck, and the vintage spec’d, skinny neck of this bass is no different,” noted reviewer Rich Osweiler. “The fret dress was super clean and the neck felt fast and comfortable as I spent some quality time working the Starfire unplugged. And while doing so, I found this semi-hollow can resonate like there’s no tomorrow.”
Osweiler’s final verdict?
“The new incarnation of the Starfire bass is a nicely constructed instrument and it’s hard to find much fault with it,” he wrote. “It won’t appeal to slap stylists, those looking for super-modern tones, or more aggressive players who might find the dual finger rests a nuisance. (They can be removed.) The Starfire, however, could become a go-to for many players because its rich, warm, mellow tones are more than fitting for R&B, jazz, and of course, rock ’n’ roll. This bass has a little bit of history there.”
Head here to read the full review and check out their audio file below.
Premier Guitar‘s July issue focuses on acoustic guitars, and it wouldn’t be complete without reviewing a Guild guitar.
Gear editor Charles Saufley tested a Guild M-120, calling it “breathtakingly beautiful.”
“For a lot of players, few guitars are lovelier than an all-mahogany orchestra or auditorium model,” he noted. “And the M-120 is a shining example of how a mahogany flattop can look breathtakingly beautiful.”
Watch the magazine’s video demo below, and read the full review at PremierGuitar.com.
Teja Gerken of Acoustic Guitar put a Guild 1512E through the paces in the May issue of the magazine.
Noting that the guitar has excellent materials and craftsmanship, a contemporary feel, and a smooth tone, Gerken had a lot of positive things to say about the GAD Series instrument.
“Overall, the Guild F-1512E is an impressive instrument,” he noted. ”Whether you’ve always wanted a Guild jumbo 12-string but couldn’t afford a US-made version or are simply looking to buy a great 12-string regardless of brand or price, this is an axe worth checking out.”
Read the full review here, and you can click here to pick up your copy of Acoustic Guitar.