These budget-line guitars are often built to similar specs, but as I understand it--get separate opinions to confirm my understanding--in different factories with lesser quality woods and perhaps with lesser quality controls.
Madeira Across makers, these less-expensive labels may be pretty good introductory quality or may be of lesser quality.
A number of early West-Coast psychedelic bands used these instruments, notably guitarists Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia and bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, as well as Jefferson Airplane's bassist Jack Casady.
Alembic started their transition from sound and recording work to instrument building by modifying Lesh & Casady's Starfire basses.
I own a Madeira A-30M and after discovering this site, find that I'm in good company.
Rapid expansion forced the company to move to much larger quarters, on Newark St. Notable also was the Guild 12-string guitar, which used a Jumbo "F" body and dual truss rods in the neck to produce a workhorse instrument with a deep, rich tone distinctive from the chimier twelve-strings put out by Martin.
Unfortunately, the records of Guild serial numbers prior to 1960 are somewhat sketchy, and so we are unable to assure the accuracy of dating before that time.
The following chart, however, details the best information we have for the approximate last serial numbers produced in each given year before 1960.
(the A30m is in mint condition, or assume it to be if not) Will it be a great deal if it's under 0? Because that model is too old and I can't find much unbiased comments. A short list of options, but there are others, would include a Voyage Air VAD or a Yamaha 700 series.
(saw some comments from A30M owners but seems very emotional, and they seems to think A30Ms are good even compared with those Martin which priced 1~2 grands Is that true? Some guitar manufacturers have a separately labeled discounted line of guitars: Gibson . Now Playing: -----Composite Acoustics Cargo Raw -----Journey OF420 -----Alvarez MF75S -----Guild F20SB Dearly Departed: -----Yamaha FG730S -----Seagull S6 Folk -----Sunlite GWT-935 -----Taylor GS Mini -----Go Grande Walnut -----Voyage Air OM-04BK -----Art & Lutherie Ami -----Yamaha-FG170 -----Guild GAD M20 -----Voyage Air VAMD-04BK Madeira was Guild's "other, cheaper" line, as has been noted here... I'm sorry, it's just not; I don't care how old it is or how great the condition is...