U.K.’s Guitarist magazine has offered up a new video demo of the new Guild Starfire IV and X-175 Manhattan models. See and hear both models in action below.
“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.
In a recent list that highlighted 25 of the best budget-friendly acoustic guitars out there, MusicRadar featured the Guild M-120 prominently.
The all-mahogany gem is noted as a great instrument for either pickers or strummers.
“An affordable Guild with a compact body and small neck, it sounds as good as it looks – and it looks good enough to eat. Double thumbs up from us for this little beaut,” wrote MusicRadar.
See what else is on the list here.
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.
Fingerstyle legend Doyle Dykes discusses his vintage Guild Starfire III with Bigsby in the video below.
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.”
Watch a demo in the video below:
Guild product manager Dave Gonzalez recently put a Guild D-50CE Standard through the paces in an in-depth product demo.
Featuring a rosewood dreadnought cutaway with refined features that make for a player-centric instrument with premium sound quality, the guitar features a solid Sitka Spruce top with Red Spruce bracing and solid rosewood back and sides for a rich, powerful sound with exceptional warmth and complexity.
The onboard 18-volt D-TAR® Wave-Length™ pickup system provides a transparent and natural sound with enhanced dynamic range and headroom for exceptional amplified performance.
Other refined features such as a satin finished Mahogany neck with slim profile, ivoroid body binding and bone nut, saddle, and bridge pins round out the package to create a truly fine instrument.
Watch the demo in the video below:
Acoustic Guitar has posted an online review of our Guild F-1512E guitar, breaking down its specs, history, designs, feel, tone and playability.
“Overall, the Guild F-1512E is an impressive instrument,” sums up AG. “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 ax worth checking out.”
Read the full review and watch product demo here at Acoustic Guitar.
Acoustic Guitar magazine features a review of the Guild F-30CE Standard guitar in its September issue.
“It is evident that great care was taken in the making of our F-30CE, a product of Guild’s New Hartford, Conn., production facility, which has been in operation since 2008,” notes reviewer Adam Perlmutter. “The gloss finish on the body is perfectly applied and buffed, and the neck’s satin finish is similarly well executed. The frets are impeccably crowned and polished, and the bone nut and saddle cleanly cut, precluding the adjustments commonly needed to make a brand new guitar more playable. A peek inside the guitar reveals no hint of laziness, either; the bracing and kerfing are smoothly sanded and undetectably glued.”
The review also includes a breakdown of its sound, playability and D-TAR® Wave-Length™ electronics. AG‘s review concludes with:
“It has a superb, balanced tone when fingerpicked and works nicely for strumming as well. A great-sounding electronics package makes this fine guitar even more of a winner.”
The magazine also offers an online video review here.