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Guild D-55
Overall Rating
Submitted: September 25th, 2017
by Omizu
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Sound Quality
Tacoma-made rosewood back/sides doesn’t disappoint, ditto for the spruce top. Actually got it as an unexpected replacement for a new but damaged Guild D-50 with mahogany back/sides, spruce top. 
Reliability/Durability
Acquired in 2005 and was ready to play out of the box, no adjustments needed. To date, no major problems except the velcro 9 volt battery pouch became unclipped and flops around inside the guitar. Unless you’re playing the guitar while running upside down in a mouse’s circular treadmill, it isn’t a problem 🤣. 
Price/Value
Got it as a tandem deal with a vintage Gibson flat top; paid under $2800 for the Guild. Didn’t want all the inlays of the D-55 but the store gave me a good price for it. 
General Comments
Always wanted a Martin D-28, but the Guild is an excellent alternative. Recently compared this D-55 with a 1975 Guild D-50.  Appears the ‘75 had laminate rosewood back/sides, had good volume, but some neck bowing issues which older Guilds are known for.  D-55 has a fresher sound, truer neck. Guitar techs will tend to like newer instruments since they’re more easily adjusted than vintage ones- I agree unless you find a vintage one that has sat in its case unplayed. 
Reviewer's Background
Classical guitar for 30+ years. Last five years I’ve really worked on flat top playing a la Dave Rawlings/Dan Crary/Clarence White/Happy Traum. Also own a 70’s Martin D-18, ‘47 0-18, and a ‘02 Japan-made Takamine EF34OSC. 
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