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    Senior Member adorshki's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoguy View Post
    That looks like maple to me, too.
    Maybe the label-writer forgot to write a letter "M" after the model number?
    I'm kind of inclined to go along with you and Tom, only reason I held back was because I don't recall ever actually seeing pearwood before.
    It wouldn't surprise me that if the "official" spec for D44's was for maple b/s when that label was written, that the label writer assumed it only needed to be written as "D44"
    Witness similar labeling issues with D25's from the same era when they were transforming from all-'hog to spruce tops:
    We've seen both types labelled "D25M" when that was supposed to denote a 'hog stained spruce top.
    Guild is well known for the latitude allowed their label writers, probably the most freedom allowed in the industry at the time.
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    maple.

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    I've see a lot of both woods and that looks like maple.
    Pear wood comes in many different grain schemes and colors (depending on the species of pear) but I've never seen it in a flame like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docfishr View Post
    I've see a lot of both woods and that looks like maple.
    Pear wood comes in many different grain schemes and colors (depending on the species of pear) but I've never seen it in a flame like that.
    Appreciate the corroboration,
    Main reason I held out is that we saw some amazing flamed 'hog (on MIC Guilds!) recently that a couple of folks refused to believe was 'hog even after concrete confirmation.
    Heck even I'd never seen anything like it before.
    You'd swear it was maple.
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    Thanks everyone for the help.

    So I guess I have a maple D44 for which they forgot to write M on the label.
    Life's rough.

    I've never owned a maple guitar before and I'm head over heals in love with the tone of this one.

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    I say maple as well. Pearwood almost never has flamed figurelike that. It is mostly a low figure wood.
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    When I did a search for figured pear wood I got results of flamed pear wood. This could very well be pear.
    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C...8uwv4ouvAjUUM:

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    Quote Originally Posted by koaguilds View Post
    When I did a search for figured pear wood I got results of flamed pear wood. This could very well be pear.
    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C...8uwv4ouvAjUUM:
    I also have seen "flamed" pear wood in other makers builds... but I've owned one and seen quite a few other pear wood Guild D-44s (on-line), and none were flamed to this degree. That, and the tint of the unstained wood seen thru the sound hole still leads me to believe it's maple. Production of pear wood and maple D-44s overlapped from ~71~73, tho' the maples should be labeled D-44M. But we have seen many Guild labeling mistakes throughout the years....
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    I've been on a maple kick recently.....kinda makes me wonder about all that dark wood I have laying around doing nothing....
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    Eastern Hard Rock Maple?

    As fine as any Les Paul top I've ever seen.

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