I put myself out of my misery today and purchased a 1984 Guild D-15M. I also got a well-worn original Guild arch-top HSC. Could never settle in on the right Martin D15 deal so I had given up, admitted defeat, and decided to opt for the low cost (read poor man's alternative) the Alvarez RF20SM (or newer variant the RF300).
I'm on a business trip to Washinton, D.C. and while waiting for my baggage last night I perused the local Craig's List. Voila! The Guild had just been posted minutes earlier. I exchanged four or five emails with the seller, layed in bed all night thinking and today made contact, and purchased from the humble surroundings of a hotel lobby. Thankfully there was a "lounge" area to serve as an unwitting sound studio.
Ironically, with all my guitar research I was previously unaware of the Guild D15 offering which interestingly enought looks exactly like the Martin save the headstock, arched back, etc.
So as not to be hounded by the Chordie folks, a poor photograph can be found by following this link (I hope).
http://picasaweb.google.com/david.johns … directlink