#1
Hey, I've narrowed down my search for an acoustic guitar to the following three. I was looking for some advice for which one to go for.
Guild GAD-50
Guild GAD-40CE
Guild GAD-40C

The only difference between the 40 and the 50 is that the 50 is Indian Rosewood and the 40 is solid Mahogany, and the difference between the GAD-40C and the GAD-40CE is that the later has a pickup and the other doesn't. Would there be a huge sound difference in the wood? I don't really have a need for a pick up in an acoustic at the moment but I don't know if I should get one just in case. Also if I get the last one, it mean that I have enough money left over for a year subscription to total guitar magazine. Thanks in advance.
#2
Are you able to try them all out at a music store first? That would be my suggestion.
#4
I don't have any first-hand experience with either of those, but I would go with the 50. I've heard a lot of good things about it. Check out some reviews here. My second choice would be the 40c(you can find reviews on the same site). The reason why I would stay away from the CE is because you have to figure that around $100 of the total price is for the electronics. The other two will probably sound better by comparison. You can always add a pickup to a non-electric acoustic. Be sure and give this thread a little more time so others can weigh-in too. Best of luck to you.
#7
It's really really really worth making the drive to the nearest Sam Ash or Guitar Center to try one out. Even if it's an hour, two hours, whatever. You don't know what you're getting until you try one out. Acoustic guitars exhibit greater differences between the same guitar than electrics do.
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#8
the only one i've played is the GAD50, but i liked it. you should REALLY make the trip to play these guitars before you buy one though. it's really kind of silly to spend that kind of money on a guitar that you can't even try out. there are TONS of factors that you just can't get from the internet:

-guild guitars are really heavy and you may find it uncomfortable.
-you might find that you'd prefer the sound of a different manufacturer in the same price range.
-do you know whether you like mahogany or rosewood better? there IS a definite difference in tone.
-you have no idea what the pickup sounds like in this guitar so you don't know if it's worth buying the 40ce over the 40c
-all guitars are different. two guitars that are identical make and model won't always sound the same.
-you could go in the shop and find a guitar you like better for half the money.

i could keep going, but there's no need.
#9
thanks, I know a shop that could have them thats about 45 mins away. I will give them a call tomorrow.
#10
Ok update, the shop doesn't have any of them in. I want to buy tonight. Which wood would best suit the likes of through glass by stone sour, acoustic medley by in flames, close yet far by cky, and some of HIM and ville valo's acoustic stuff (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xVvBXMsAY-c)? Thanks
Last edited by david_safc at Nov 25, 2007,
#11
i can't watch videos on this computer so it'll be 10 hours or so before i can watch that video. did you end up ordering a guitar last night?