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Thread #74761 Message #1306997
Posted By: PoppaGator
25-Oct-04 - 06:49 PM
Thread Name: 1974 Guild G212
Subject: RE: 1974 Guild G212
There are several other threads currently running on the topic of 12-string guitars. There seems to be almost universal agreement among knowledgeable correspondents in those discussions that Guilds are among the very finest 12-strings -- that is, among 12's, the Guild nameplate seems to be equal to or greater than Gibson and Martin in prestige; this is *not* necessarily true when discussing 6-string instruments, or guitars in general.
If the Guild 12 you found sounds good to you; has no cracks, holes, or other obvious flaws; and is priced right, you should probably grab it while you can. Of course, it would be best to have a luthier or other well-qualified person take a look and advise you before you spend your hard-earned cash.
As far as its objective value, its age is probably an important factor, along with condition, etc. I'm not qualified to offer an opinion as to whether its value is likely to appreciate (increase) or not, but I'd guess that a Guild 12 would probably be a better long-term investment than a Guild 6.