Well, I did it again… this time it’s a Guild JF30-12 jumbo 12 string guitar. I have been jones’n for a Guild for years, especially one with their unique, braceless arched-back construction. That ratcheted up over the past 8 months or so once I started watching the twice-weekly livestreams by James McMurtry (inspiring my recent one-guitar solo covers), who plays a couple of late-80s models built during the company’s heyday, when they were based in Westerly, Rhode Island. Over time I decided I had to have that unique sound of the jumbo 12 with maple tonewoods, like his has, and have been on the lookout.
I joined the Let’s Talk Guild forum some months back and started talking about the various issues of availability of Guild 12s these days, and one long-standing member (10 years and 15,000+ posts!) reached out to me to say he had a 1989 [EDIT: turns out to be a 1991] JF30-12 that he can no longer play (he’s a few years older than me and his hands are losing strength) that he would consider selling me. After plenty of back and forth to verify the condition etc we made a deal and she arrived yesterday.
She’s in immaculate condition, just a few faint spider-fractures in the finish here and there, which of course any decades-old guitar would have. The top is sitka spruce, with flamed maple neck, sides, and back. The depth from the jumbo body combined with the sparkle of the maple tonewood is lovely. Here’s a couple photos and two short, dashed-off vid clips:
Here’s the first 90 sec of “Down Across the Delaware”, which I covered recently – my seller asked specifically for me to do that so he could compare to how it sounded on my other 12 string.
And here is the first minute of “Dear Prudence” showing how she sounds fingerpicked.
You’ll be hearing more from her in future tunes for sure, what a huge sound she has…!