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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / Anybody know anything about the Madiera by Guild guitars?



Feb 21st, 2012 04:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Trying to find out what i can about these. Looking at an A-12 and the adjustable bridges they have. Seems in good shape and can be had on the cheap. Just don't know anything about 'em. Any tidbits anyone can share.

Frank Hudson


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Feb 21st, 2012 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

It was a lower priced Guild import line of the 70s and early 80s. All/Most had laminated wood and tops (as was common then for imports then) which tends to devalue them even to people looking for an off-brand used accoustic. Those adjustable bridges were also common in that time for imports (even Gibson used a similar set on some of its USA guitars) and they too are looked down upon now.

Now that all said, these guitars and ones like it, can sound decent and they are fairly durable and well made for what they are. One can get a new bridge made or the current wide brige slot filled in and converted to a fixed bridge by a luthier, but the cost is not likely something that an instrument of this class would repay.

If it plays well, an inexpensive route to getting value out of it would be to get a good quality magnetic soundhole pickup and turn it into a plugged-in axe. Laminated tops tend to be more feedback resistent.

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Feb 21st, 2012 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

The first ones were made in Japan, then production shifted to Korea. Dunno about current production though.

A pal of mine had a Japanese Madeira, and it was superb. Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides. It played and sounded fantastic.



Feb 21st, 2012 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the info. Pretty much mirrors what I have been able to get from the nets. He sent me a picture of the label inside the soundhole. It doesn't say Made in Japan, so I'm thinking it's not the seventies model, probably Korean made. I think I can get it cheap, about $150, but was concerned about the bridge. I guess I need to play it and see if its even playable. My mama always said,"the proof is in the puddin". I reckon if it plays ok, and looks as good as he says and includes a hardshell case, how can I go wrong?

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Feb 23rd, 2012 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's worth a shot.

Is there a "satisfaction" clause in the sale arrangement? Like--if for any reason you don't like it--you can return it after two days. That's not unreasonable.

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