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  • Guild Madeira - thoughs?

    I am serious considering purchasing an A-12 Madeira by Guild, it is vintage 12-string guitar.

    I would like feedback from anyone who has similar guitar or owns one of these and how does it play, etc. I've read the reviews so any more you could add would be appreciated. I want both the pros & cons.

    Also what are best strings to maximize guitar voice / sound should I choose to go ahead and buy it.

    Check is in the mail,
    JJ
    Checks in the mail,
    JJ

  • #2
    Having repaired several, I offer this as hopefully a way to save you some bucks: If it's more than $100, don't waste your money...they're not well made and thus few have survived this long (they were offered in the late 70's-early 80s as Guild's "cheapie" line), they were laminated (tops, too) but disguised to look like solid wood (the rosette is the only solid wood in the entire guitar), the neck blocks are very weak, so sooner or later it will need a major re-set, even with extra-light strings, and a lot of 'em had terrible intonation beyond the 8th or 9th fret, due to the often mis-align screw-adjustable bridges and the previously mentioned neck blocks compressing.

    If you're on a budget (and most are, these days! ), saving a little longer and buying a used Guild 212 model will make you happier...they can still be found most reasonably (both of my F-212XLs cost less than $450 (per) w/ hsc)...in fact, one of my student's snagged a D-212 for $300 just before Xmas off of Ebay.
    God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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    • #3
      I've got an old beat 6 string I use for my travels. Plays decent, sounds fair. My Dad got it in a flea market for $15 and gave it to me. bound neck that fits my hand nice. It is all plywood. I had to reglue a top brace from getting too close to a camp fire. I keep medium strings on it. Truss rod was way over tight when I got it and the medium strings still haven't pulled it all the way back. Needless to say I'm not afraid to leave it unattended in a hotel room. It's good for what it is, a decent cheap beater I'm not afraid to lose....Don't forget the price!
      Jack
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      2005 Martin D41
      1992 Larrivee 00 19

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      • #4
        Well I got the Madeira A-12 and paid around $200 for it and yes the crime of all crimes - off eBay. However my budget is so extremely limited I could only spend a couple hundred on a guitar, so took the eBay road. The guy selling it had 100% feedback and had done guitar transactions before so I felt reasonable comfortable with the purchase.

        However, the guitar showed up and it is better than I ever expected for it's age!! It is solid and does not have the "aged" look some vintage guitars have, seems like it's rested in a nice case all these years, hardly a blemish on it. The neck is straight and everything else checks out solid, inside and out.

        The sound is sooooo.... smooth it is "like butter" - I have a light playing style so will match perfectly, and I was able to also pull out of it some pretty awesome louder tones, so it has met the challenge. No adjustments at all were needed other than tuning it up and giving it a play.

        My friend has a vintage Tak 12 string that I have been salivating over and would love to have my grubs on, but now that the madeira is here, I would put it up against that awesome Tak anytime.

        I am very pleased with it and glad that the gods of eBay granted me one fine guitar.
        Checks in the mail,
        JJ

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        • #5
          Congrats, glad you got a good one!
          Jack
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          2005 Martin D41
          1992 Larrivee 00 19

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