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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / what's up with the Guild Nemark electrics?

beenawhile

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Sep 28th, 2013 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This series looks very cool to me - I especially pining for the blond X-175. I love the idea of a 9.5 radius neck on a single coil hollowbody with a bigsby!

But I am surprised that they appear to be flying under the radar. MF/GC doesn't even carry them (though they sell Guild acoustics) and I can find only a couple of reviews online.

Anyone know the scoop?

(This message was last edited by beenawhile at 04:15 AM, Sep 29th, 2013)

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Sep 29th, 2013 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Guild Newark Street series M-75 Aristocrat. It is a *fantastic* guitar. The fretwork is superb. The nut is bone, and very well done. Grover tuners. Fit and finish are outstanding. No gaps in the internal wood-to-wood fit, and no glue slop; very clean and neat inside. Quality wiring with pristine soldering work. Alpha pots and Switchcraft jack.

It plays very well and sounds fantastic. Very light in weight. What surprised me the most about it was the pickups: they are made exactly like the pickup in my 1961 Guild M-65 (I pulled the covers and compared them); same materials, same construction and dimensions.

This.

beenawhile

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Sep 29th, 2013 12:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is a gorgeous guitar! Please tell me more about the tone...what do you like to play on it?

Also, is the fingerboard really 9.5 (or close?) In all the pics, it looks flatter to me (not that my eyes are that good).



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Sep 29th, 2013 05:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine's closer to a 12" radius than a 9.5".

The frets are med/jumbos. The binding and inlays are close to perfect.

I play everything on it (rock, country, punk, pop, you name it), and it works great. The lack of F holes means it can be played LOUD with less feedback problems than a typical F-hole hollowbody.

These Guild soapbar pickups look similar to Gibson's P90, but they are a bit more hi-fi because they're not as hot as the P90. I have this strung with 11s and the shorter scale makes playing the 11s a breeze.

The neck is chunky--somewhere between a Gibson 50s (bat-fat) neck and their "slim taper" 60s neck. I prefer chunkier necks, and this works well for me.

I am not a fan of gold hardware. I dislike it because it turns brown over time from playing wear. But this guitar played and sounded so good, I accepted the gold as my personal sacrifice to the Godz Of Tone. I'm glad I did.

beenawhile

USA

Sep 29th, 2013 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the detail. Sounds like a great guitar. I feel same way about gold hardware, but like you, it wouldn't stop me from buying a guitar that felt and sounded good in my hands. Any thoughts of adding a Bigsby?

Also, thanks for confirming my suspicions about the radius. I love the idea of 9.5", but 11 or 12 is okay for me. If we are both right, I am not sure why Guild's specs say 9.5 for all the models...

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Sep 29th, 2013 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nah, no need for a Bigsby; I have one on a Gretsch and one on a Flying V already.

This Guild is super lightweight--easily half the weight of my mid-90s Les Paul.

No idea why they advertize 9.5" radius. Perhaps that's their goal...but this one is a bit flatter across the fret tops than that (according to my Stew-Mac radius gauge).

Modded Flying V: my nod to Lonnie Mack.

beenawhile

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Sep 29th, 2013 06:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fun Flying V!

Looks like I am in luck in that there is an X175B and a Savoy (with floating neck pup) at nearby stores.

BTW, my apologies to Guild and readers for my misspelled subject line...the m is upside down!

Bing K

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Jan 2nd, 2014 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The "Newark" St. guitars are very well made instruments that have great tone.

(This message was last edited by Bing K at 03:59 PM, Jan 2nd, 2014)

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Nov 6th, 2014 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I could find one out here, I would spring for a Newark S-100 Polara to replace the '73 model I gave away. I tried the reissue in the 90's, it just wasn't the same guitar.

This one really isn't exact either, the phase switch is gone, but it's close enough to satisfy, if I could find one.

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Nov 6th, 2014 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Find one, and install a phase switch.

Instant youth again!

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Nov 25th, 2014 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nah,a that switch was past useless...

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