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Thread: My review of the NEW OXNARD F55e

  1. #41
    Quote Originally Posted by ClydeTower View Post
    ....So technically, I have 14 days to try out this guitar. It took me about 14 seconds to decide that this one was a keeper....
    Good going, Clyde! That guitar is awesomely gorgeous! Thanks for the writeup! And pics!
    2011 Guild F50R Sunburst
    2002 Guild JF30-12 Sunburst
    2011 Guild F-212XLCE
    2015 Martin GPC12PA4 12-string
    2008 Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500 RAVS

    
2012 Epi Lennon EJ-160E VS

    
1972 Epi FT-160 12-string
    2012 Epi Dot CH

    2010 Epi Les Paul Standard trans amber 

    2013 Yamaha Motif XS7

  2. #42
    Quote Originally Posted by ClydeTower View Post
    Inside of the case:



    From the website:

    "The HumiCase built-in climatic control system will protect your guitar’s playability and beauty for years to come. Each HumiCase comes with custom-designed HumiPods that only require distilled water to activate. When used properly, these pods will uphold a consistent and safe humidity level for your instrument."

    Its basically a sponge uncased inside the top part of the case. Instinctively, I'd be worried about water coming into contact with the guitar. I usually use Boveda 2-way humidity packs, but might give this Humipod thing a shot.
    Crap, what do I have to do to buried in that when I die? Beautiful guitar!! Thanks for the write-up.
    1978 Guild D-40
    1998 Vagabond Travel Guitar http://www.stringsmith.com
    2015 Guild OM-140CE Sunburst Westerly Collection

  3. #43
    Quote Originally Posted by PittPastor View Post
    Love the write-up. Whew! I think that is the first Guild Lover who loved any of the new Cordoba Guilds. So happy to read a positive review.

    Quick question, you said your F55 has a more "modern" sound... how do you define that? And do you think the fact that the top hasn't opened up yet might change it down the road?
    Hey PP, thanks!

    Its hard to describe tone with words, especially because everyone hears things differently. To my ears, the F55 as it relates to my D55 and to a certain extent my F512, has a more contemporary sound. I think that for some reason, I equate a slightly drier, woodier sound as being more contemporary. Its like when I play folk music or ballads, I'll naturally reach for my D55, cause it has that sound to my ears. Why my brain hears it like that, I don't know... its all very subjective.
    2012 Guild D55
    2014 Guild F512
    2017 Guild F55e Sunburst
    2017 Gibson SJ200 Sunburst
    2014 Taylor 812CE - First Edition
    2015 Taylor 214 DLX
    2009 Fender Stratocaster
    2015 Epi Les Paul Traditional

  4. #44
    Quote Originally Posted by guild-1979-d40 View Post
    Crap, what do I have to do to buried in that when I die?
    2012 Guild D55
    2014 Guild F512
    2017 Guild F55e Sunburst
    2017 Gibson SJ200 Sunburst
    2014 Taylor 812CE - First Edition
    2015 Taylor 214 DLX
    2009 Fender Stratocaster
    2015 Epi Les Paul Traditional

  5. #45
    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    And, it looks like we need a new decoder ring for the new serial numbers.
    C171611=Cordoba Nov 16, 2017, no?

    Clyde, congrats and enjoy!

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    Mav, that certainly could be... Did you make that up, or did someone post it somewhere?
    Quote Originally Posted by Neal
    I am going to hang onto this little F-20 and play it as a reminder that life is sometimes rough, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the damage you accrue along the way defines who you are.
    Quote Originally Posted by marcellis
    Growing old is a bitch.
    Guild 12-strings:
    1978 G-312NT (on its way to steve488)
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Non-Guild 12s:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

  7. #47
    congrats to another gem!
    my 2 ct, all the best,
    michael.

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    myself. ;)

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  8. #48
    It seems to me that the Orpheum series borrowed quite a few characteristics from Ren's work at Gibson, so if he intended to build an Orpheum flavor into this new generation of Guilds, the lighter weight would be a logical step in that direction.

    I think Ren has been keenly dialed in for a long time on how to build a highly responsive jumbo acoustic. I've owned three Gibson jumbos, and still have one which was made in 2000. The darn thing is as light as a feather (well, almost!), and it astonishes me every time I pick it up.

    Congrats Clyde - and thanks so much for a great review!
    > Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40nt / '76 G-37bld / '92 D-6nt-hg / '94 JF-30nt / '97 Starfire III / '14 Savoy A-150b
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  9. #49
    Quote Originally Posted by bobouz View Post
    Congrats Clyde - and thanks so much for a great review!
    Thanks man!


    Quote Originally Posted by bobouz View Post
    It seems to me that the Orpheum series borrowed quite a few characteristics from Ren's work at Gibson, so if he intended to build an Orpheum flavor into this new generation of Guilds, the lighter weight would be a logical step in that direction.

    I think Ren has been keenly dialed in for a long time on how to build a highly responsive jumbo acoustic. I've owned three Gibson jumbos, and still have one which was made in 2000. The darn thing is as light as a feather (well, almost!), and it astonishes me every time I pick it up.
    That makes a lot of sense and its what came to mind when I compared my F55 to my SJ200. Actually, when I look inside both guitars, the bracing pattern looks similar. Obviously different tone woods, so the SJ has all the characteristics of maple vs RW, but like I mentioned in my review, I can't help hearing/feeling some of Ren's years at Gibson inside this guitar...
    2012 Guild D55
    2014 Guild F512
    2017 Guild F55e Sunburst
    2017 Gibson SJ200 Sunburst
    2014 Taylor 812CE - First Edition
    2015 Taylor 214 DLX
    2009 Fender Stratocaster
    2015 Epi Les Paul Traditional

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    I just want to say that the connection with Ren with the F-55 is kind of spurious, guys. Yes, Ren was responsible for setting up the shop in Oxnard and defining the build processes, but he left a while ago, and the F-55 was a recent addition to the line... I'm not saying there's no influence there, but I don't know how much of a hand he would've had in the F-55.

    That said, a pictorial essay of the inside of that F-55 compared with a NH F-50R would be an interesting thing to look at. We already know that the neck block (with its branded cover) and the electronics are different than what we saw from NH... Bracing, materials, etc... I'd like to see that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Neal
    I am going to hang onto this little F-20 and play it as a reminder that life is sometimes rough, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the damage you accrue along the way defines who you are.
    Quote Originally Posted by marcellis
    Growing old is a bitch.
    Guild 12-strings:
    1978 G-312NT (on its way to steve488)
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Non-Guild 12s:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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