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Guild GAD JF-30 Acoustic Design Series Jumbo Guitar with Case
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The Guild GAD-JF30 has the jumbo body that has been in the Guild line since 1954, constructed with a solid flamed maple back and sides, and a solid s...Click To Read More About This Product
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A jumbo that celebrates the Guild tradition.
The Guild GAD-JF30 has the jumbo body that has been in the Guild line since 1954, constructed with a solid flamed maple back and sides, and a solid spruce top supported by scalloped bracing. A one-piece mahogany neck is dovetailed to the body and fitted with an ebony fingerboard. With wood bindings, Grover Rotomatic tuners, pearl dot inlays, bone nut and saddle it is a quality guitar from top to bottom and well represents Guild's tradition of crafting fine instruments. It also has a price that makes it a fantastic deal.
- Jumbo body style
- Solid flamed maple back and sides
- Solid spruce top
- Scalloped bracing
- Mahogany neck
- Ebony fingerboard
- Pearl dot inlays
- Wood bindings
- Grover Rotomatic tuners
- Ebony bridge
- Bone nut and saddle
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It is nicely made, with all the bells a whistles: bone nut and saddle, solid wood, grover tuners, and pretty fret inlays. The most important thing is that this guitar plays well out of the box and will continue to age with grace. The finish on this guitar, while poly, seems to be of the kind I remember from long ago; hence, I suspect the wood will breathe through the finish a bit better.My only complaint is that the action was set a bit too high, 2/16th at the 12th fret. No matter, I simply sanded the saddle and got to 3/32 and, bingo, wonderful action. In fact, I would highly recommend that you have the guitar set up by a professional when you get it. At this point, it's difficult to buy these Guilds in the shop, so you don't get an opportunity to play before you pay.All in all, this is a terrific guitar with great sound. I've had mine for about 3 months so far, so I'm over the honeymoon period and am noticing the flaws. None that I can see, solid medium frets, great sound, playability, value. If you're looking for a great and attractive jumbo and cannot afford the 2k for a Gibson, then go for it. You will not be unhappy.
Iam 72 years old and have been playing guitar for 62 years or so. I remember when the fender telecaster hit the shelf. I have always been more of an acoustic guitar player anyway. This guitar beats both my 1959 Gibson SJ-200 and my other Guild jumbo acoustic that I bought used around either 1962 or 1963. The warmth and clarity of the maple body are what made me buy this guitar. It is basically a copy of a very seriuos Gibson SJ-200 (only just as good but with a better looking price tag). This guitar is good for anyone from guitar gods like Jimmy Page (who used a Gibson SJ-200) or if you are teaching your 6 year old great grandson how to play guitar.PSIf you are going to play out use a fishman rare earth pickup because it keeps all the warmth and clarity of the guitar. In the '60s we used microphones to amplify our guitars and they sounded terrible.
Just got my Guild as a retirement present from my wife after 22 yrs in the USAF. Always loved maple Guilds but never owned one. I was a little leary about it being made in PRC but my fears were indeed unfounded. Solid throughout, great neck (similar to my 27 yr old LoPrinzi), bright sound throughout...I'm definitely impressed. Looking at a GAD dreadnought mahogeny 12-string sunburst so I can give my Gibson B-45 a rest. Thanx guys