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Thread: Import Guilds with short Scale and 1 3/4" nut

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    Import Guilds with short Scale and 1 3/4" nut

    It appears that arthritis is starting to affect my playing.
    Some people are going to short scale 1 3/4" nut guitars to help with the problem.
    What does Guild offer in the import line that meet these specs?

    I'm looking at imports for the cost savings.
    Happiness Is A New Set Of Strings
    Taylor Martin Guild

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    GAD30 had a 1.75-inch nut, but I think it was a long scale . . . sorry for your troubles.
    several Guilds, one Gretsch, one Taylor, & a Squire CV tele

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    the Oxnard USA M-20 is short scale with 1.75 nut, u can check out the Asian version. I really like the satin varnish on the USA, especially the burst. The high gloss poly isnt for me, but a good one of those will sound the same or very close to USA. just not sure about the nut width

    definitely worth trying one or both, for arthritis.

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    Not sure the wider nut will help, may hurt. I'm 70 with RA and can't deal with 1.75. But here is what I put together a while back on the Guild import Westerly series:

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    I used to have an M-120 from the GAD line that was 24.75" and 1 3/4". It was a cool guitar for the money. A little boxy.
    Neal

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    I'm in no hurry to change over to short scale guitars yet.
    I have good and bad days with the pain when playing.
    Last night I played my D-55 and my Baritone at band practice for over 3 hours with no pain.

    I love the tone and overall sound of Dred guitars.
    I will continue to play them for as long as I can.
    It would be interesting though to have a short scale 1 3/4" nut guitar to fall back on and see if it helps with the pain on bad days.
    It will probably also need to be a smaller and thinner box to help. That will kill the sound that I love though.
    Happiness Is A New Set Of Strings
    Taylor Martin Guild

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    Tune down, Capo at the first fret and you have a shorter scale than the 24.75. :>)

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    I will give this a try.
    Looks like a smaller body may also be in order though.
    My shoulders are worse than my fingers.

    Just got through playing my Dred 12 string for an hour.
    That was all that I could do before the pain was too much to keep playing.

    I will spend some time at music stores and see if a smaller guitar will help with my pain.
    Not expecting much though.
    Happiness Is A New Set Of Strings
    Taylor Martin Guild

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    I do have a dreadnaught I love. However, my smaller guitars get the use now. I love them too. Yes, It is a bit more comfortable on the smaller box. My little F20 Guild is a keeper for sure and wasn't very expensive. (1971) A recent acquisition of a '51 Gibson LG2 is a bit larger and it is a wonderful guitar. Wasn't very expensive either (CL find!) Both are very resonant. Both guitars were less than $1k. Playing a 12 string really kills my hands for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swiveltung View Post
    I do have a dreadnaught I love. However, my smaller guitars get the use now. I love them too. Yes, It is a bit more comfortable on the smaller box. My little F20 Guild is a keeper for sure and wasn't very expensive. (1971) A recent acquisition of a '51 Gibson LG2 is a bit larger and it is a wonderful guitar. Wasn't very expensive either (CL find!) Both are very resonant. Both guitars were less than $1k. Playing a 12 string really kills my hands for sure.
    I like a smaller body for gigs. I stand and play and my Eastman dread gets a touch cumbersome after a couple of hours. My new F30 is going to see some serious stage time. OM's are super comfortable on stage for me. The Blueridge BR72 I had was perfect size wise. I am only 41 but starting to notice a need for comfort so I am feeling you guys.
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