More complex in tone than my D28, not quite as "chimey" as my Larrivee D10 and very different from my Maton Lyrebird - and those three acoustics are not short of tone, volume, projection, balance and all the other unquantifiables we like to talk about. The one in question is new and from the Tacoma location. I've never owned a D-55...or D-50 for that matter. is the world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar. You can always unsubscribe (so you won't receive any more e-mails) by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each e-mail. In the case of this D-41 the scalloped, forward shifted braced top maintains excellent clarity and articulation throughout, even when played hard. Hands down, the best tone of any dread that day. String Winder \u0026 Cutter - The D-55 remains true to all the premium appointments of its 1968 predecessor, including a AAA Sitka spruce top, solid Indian Rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and nitrocellulose finish. I had a DV-52, which was a less ornate D-55 (built on the same specs). I am not negative on Guild, either, however. I had always wanted a Martin but couldn't afford one in '76 so I went with the Guild. This website uses cookies for functionality, analytics and advertising purposes as described in our, 46' Gibson J45, 00' Guild JF30-12, 05' Martin D-18GE, 15, 06' CA Vintage Performer, 10' Duesenberg CC, 12' PRS DGT, 12' Fender Select Strat, 16' Fender American Elite Telecaster, 17' James Tyler Studio Elite HD, Two Rock SP22, PRS Archon 25. I can see where they don't have the bark of a "bluegrass machine". I don’t think the D55 sounds anything like a Martin D-28. A few years ago I had about a dozed different dreadnaughts in my guitar room for a few weeks. This can work against Guilds, particularly among bluegrass pickers. Loved the tone, but couldn't stand the skinny neck!Eric. JavaScript is disabled. (Part Three), The Genius Of… Elephant by The White Stripes, The Big Listen: Southeast Of Saturn (Third Man Records), Black Friday 2020 for guitarists: The best guitar deals to watch out for, Guitar Legends: Eric Clapton – the birth of a legend, Guitar Legends: Johnny Marr – a unique guitar hero with a chameleonic talent, BB King’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked, How to play chords like Paul Simon Part 2, How to play country guitar Part 5 – Putting it all together. As you may or may not know, the factory has been moved from Hartford CT. to California. We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff. The D-55 showcases Guild’s most recognizable headstock which is fully bound and features the Guild “Peak and Shield” inlay combination over a figured ebony overlay. Have owned two D40s and they are a fine guitar. More like a "D-50 Special" which then became known as the "TV Model D-55" or something like that. Nickel Bronze Strings - However, how a guitar plays is often much more than a set of measurements and it is a comfortable instrument to play seated or standing, despite its depth. Continuing our journey through the guitar styles of the legendary Three Kings, this time it’s the turn of Flying V-toting blue icon Albert. All the inlay work including the vertical abalone headstock logo, is executed to a high standard and supports, rather than distracts from, the beauty of the natural materials used. There’s no escaping that. You've restored my belief that I really ought to have a rosewood bodied guitar to round out the sonic palette of choices. Combining compression, boost and a powerful EQ section, could this unassuming grey box from Croatia be the ultimate tone-enhancer? The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! In part two of our look at the chord shapes and sequences which define Paul Simon’s sound, we focus on his early years as a solo artist. I am thinking about trading for a Guild D-55 (sunburst). thanks for the advice guys well appreciated !! Martin D-41 The D-55 is rosewood and has lots more bling, like abalone inlays and a bound fretboard. An LR Baggs pickup system is available as an option, and each guitar includes a hand-signed certificate of authenticity and ships with Guild’s Premium humidified hardshell case. I've been playing fingerstyle guitar for decades and never found a square shoulder dreadnought guitar I needed to own until I discovered the D-55. When seated however, there is less contact between the back and the player and it is at this point that things can get unruly with the guitar inevitably succumbing to its bass desires. What starts as our initial 10-minute note-taking session ends up an hour later as we discover new and musical facets to the instrument. ...I once had a D-40 and the neck was very steady, not the slightest problem on that one... How you feel about the voice of a D-40 vs a D-50 is a personal matter--I never cared for what rosewood did for the D-50 or any big-body guitar, but individual instruments can easily challenge that general impression. General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion. This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. The August 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now. I had a Fishman Matrix pup installed and it sounds great both plugged and unplugged. Included were some Martins, a Larrivee, a Lowden, Taylor’s, and Gibson’s along with two Guilds. The DC-based musician on struggling to fit in, finding his tribe with the goth kids, and chasing the guitar sound in his head. Here’s a Part 1 guide to the man jokingly dubbed Slowhand. That marathon test session clearly showed me what a fine dreadnaught the Guild D55 is. Not only that, but in this particular dreadnought model it has built a guitar that deserves to take its place with legendary vintage examples of the breed. Famously played by Tommy Smothers on the Smothers Brothers Show in the 1960s, the D-55 grew in both popularity and longevity over the decades, finding homes in the hands of more contemporary artists like Waylon Jennings, Billie Joe Armstrong, and David Nail. The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here. The 40 series guitars are some of Martin’s most legendary designs, but for 2018 the company has reimagined its rosewood and spruce dread’ for the modern player. The bass is as loud as a D28 but not as thumpy. The back of the headstock features a carved diamond volute adding strength to the scarf joint. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. The Guild D-55 is one fine guitar. The D40 Traditional got some updates and redesigns by none other than Ren Ferguson, himself. • HARDWARE Schaller open-back Grand Tune tuners, gold The D55 is as loud, but much more balanced, and way more responsive. Guild D40 vs D55 : Guild's Traditional Dreadnoughts - YouTube In fact, we found the neck of this guitar to be nothing short of addictive. In response to TripleOh18's question about the possible changeing neck measurments of the D55 over the years, I can't say. splinterfingers. Martins generally have a hyped bass. Boss Pedal Tuner - The bass response is full but not overpowering and under the close scrutiny of a pair of Gefell M300 mics the D-41 performs beautifully in a studio recording session. With this re-imagined D-41 model Martin has delivered a clear statement of intent to tackle many of these issues head on and prove to the guitar-buying public – as much as to the competition – that CF Martin & Company continues to deliver the highest standards of acoustic guitar possible. It sounds outstanding -- great for bluegrass and for general strumming/finger picking. Several years ago, I played one alongside several Martins in a local shop. The most anticipated return of a Guild acoustic to date, the 2017 Guild D-55 is back and better than ever. Acoustic Soundhole Tuner - Both are 2019 production. The real beauty of the D 55 is that Martin tone can tend to blur notes while the D 55 has more clarity. • NECK WIDTH 44mm at nut, 52mm at 12th fret The Gibson EH-185 clone build inches closer to completion in part three of our attempt at tackling this pre-war circuit. The December 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Guild hit its stride in the 1950s and ’60s with a line of steel-string guitars that, while more competitively priced than their Martin cohorts, stacked up quite nicely.Guitars like the D-40—which the late singer-songwriter Richie Havens played for much of his career—were and are known for their straightforward design, hearty build, and fine sound. We would argue that modern ergonomic flourishes such as an arm bevel or Manzer Wedge tapered body would rob this design of its vintage character. I didn't realize that the D-40 build formula had changed that much--I don't recall ever seeing a one-piece neck on an older (20th-century) D-40--a three-piece laminated neck was a consistent feature, as it still is on the Traditional line.