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Guild vs Taylor Acoustic any opinions?

#1 User is offline   lazarusvt84 

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 07:00 PM

Son looking to upgrade his acoustic...looking to spend btwn $1200 to $1500. He'd like a Taylor (has played several)...but thinks Guild may make a decent guitar as well. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 07:11 PM

I would certainly play a number of different versions of those 2 to find the one that feels right to him.
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 07:19 PM

As Cookieman says, both are top quality brands....Equals IMHO.......Although, in my opinion, Taylor excells at six strings, and Guild excells at twelve strings....

If I had a choice for a six string, I'd go with a Taylor........
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 08:43 PM

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Both fine instruments and acoustically either would do just fine.

However, I think Taylor does a better job with electric/acoustic setups.
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 09:04 PM

If you are looking to buy brand new: Taylor
If you are looking to buy used: Guild

Guild was the sh+t back in the day...definitely check out some older ones...

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:07 PM

Id agree with the last post- if were talking new I'd buy a taylor before a
Guild the older Guild acoustics fro the 60's and 70's are great guitars. And the arch tops from the 50's when they first started are pretty amazing guitars that really sing.

Guilds a fairly new player in the game that started in the 50's with arch tops like the Granada. I have a 1963 D-40 Bluegrass Jubilee which is from the first year they made dreadnought model if I remember correctly. It's a great guitar and strongly built that has been one of my favorite acoustics for many years.

The newer Guilds are still a nice guitar but not anywhere near the magic of the 1960's models.
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 11:29 PM

From what I've played, Taylor 6 strings are the cats *** and Guild 12 strings turn me to butter.
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:24 AM

That being said I had the chance to play a few American made Breedlove acoustics and was incredibly impressed. I loved the look and feel of these and just may be my next purchase.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:58 AM

WTF? [confused]
With $1200 to $1500 to spend why not get a better Acoustic then a Taylor or Guild.
There are plenty of pre-owned Gibsons out there for that price point. Taylors are good......but ......NOT good enough......jmho
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 02:18 PM

Can't go wrong with either. It comes down to taste. When I buy an acoustic guitar, I check the set-up including the condition of the strings, then do it with my hands and ears and take my time. For my taste, I have a couple Taylors, one Gibby and no Guilds. There is one model of Guild that is popular with collectors but i can't recall the name/designation. I think it is an F-50 but am not certain.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 03:49 PM

View Postsjl200, on 04 June 2011 - 06:58 AM, said:

WTF? [confused]
With $1200 to $1500 to spend why not get a better Acoustic then a Taylor or Guild.
There are plenty of pre-owned Gibsons out there for that price point. Taylors are good......but ......NOT good enough......jmho


WTF indeed. In my experience, an acoustic Taylor or Guild is better than a Gibson acoustic. A guy I was in a band with had a Hummingbird and the binding started to do some pretty funky stuff within a year.

I would also urge your son to play a Larrivee and/or a Alvarez-Yairi: both offer exceptional quality and value.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 04:43 PM

View Postheymisterk, on 04 June 2011 - 03:49 PM, said:

WTF indeed. In my experience, an acoustic Taylor or Guild is better than a Gibson acoustic. A guy I was in a band with had a Hummingbird and the binding started to do some pretty funky stuff within a year.

I would also urge your son to play a Larrivee and/or a Alvarez-Yairi: both offer exceptional quality and value.


Larivees are wonderful. Played one this PM at a local music store. You can feel the guitar vibrate in your hands like few I've played. They all do but no like the one I played today. All that I've seen are very light.

Where I live the J 45 is a BIG favorite with Bluegrass people. Theannual Weiser Idaho Oldtime Fiddlers Contest turns the town into one big jam. The J-45 rules that venue.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:28 PM

View Postadius, on 04 June 2011 - 04:43 PM, said:

Larivees are wonderful. Played one this PM at a local music store. You can feel the guitar vibrate in your hands like few I've played. They all do but no like the one I played today. All that I've seen are very light.

Where I live the J 45 is a BIG favorite with Bluegrass people. Theannual Weiser Idaho Oldtime Fiddlers Contest turns the town into one big jam. The J-45 rules that venue.


Don't get me wrong: I love Gibson acoustics, especially the Advance Jumbo. But I am a fingerstyle guy, so I tend to favor the OM style bodies. Larrivee makes great ones indeed, and actually the Taylor GS strikes a very nice balance between being great for fingerstyle and strumming.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:42 PM

View Postheymisterk, on 04 June 2011 - 03:49 PM, said:

.... In my experience, an acoustic Taylor or Guild is better than a Gibson acoustic. A guy I was in a band with had a Hummingbird and the binding started to do some pretty funky stuff within a year. .....


View Postheymisterk, on 04 June 2011 - 05:28 PM, said:

Don't get me wrong: I love Gibson acoustics ....


:blink: . . . #-o . . . :blink: . . . #-o
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:47 PM

View PostBigKahune, on 04 June 2011 - 05:42 PM, said:

:blink: . . . #-o . . . :blink: . . . #-o


I do love them, but their build quality is not all that great, at least in my experience.

Was that post really necessary?

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:56 PM

View Postheymisterk, on 04 June 2011 - 05:47 PM, said:

I do love them, but their build quality is not all that great ....


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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:01 PM

View PostBigKahune, on 04 June 2011 - 05:56 PM, said:

:rolleyes: . . . #-o . . .


I hope you feel good about pointing out the imperfections of others. I know some people really do get off on it. If you ask me, the only thing Big about you is your ego.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:24 PM

View Postheymisterk, on 04 June 2011 - 06:01 PM, said:

I hope you feel good about pointing out the imperfections of others. I know some people really do get off on it. If you ask me, the only thing Big about you is your ego.

Get a life.


Ouch.



I'm not pointing out anything but the trashing you've given to Gibson guitars, while justifying it by saying you love Gibson guitars. Sorry that upsets you. But you shouldn't trash Gibson guitars on a Gibson forum and not expect to get comments about it.
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 09:04 PM

I'd like to echo the comments already made here. I played about 50 (new) acoustics before I settled in on a Taylor. I think they give the best overall characteristics in terms of acoustic sound, electric sound (their Expression System is second to none IMHO), balance, service, and overall quality. My guitar tech told me that he had to replace the Expression System for an expired warranty guitar. Still, Taylor didn't charge the customer a dime. That's service!!! Of course this is just my opinion, but that's what you asked for...
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:26 PM

Thanks Guys...feedback VERY much appreciated!!
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