A wonderful vintage players guitar, has the usual wear and tear of a 46 year old guitar but structurally sound and plays well up and down the neck.
Please note there is a repaired crack along the wing of the headstock. This does not affect the playability or integrity of the headstock (it’s not a Gibson 😅)
Guild's take on a "bluegrass" Martin D-18 is this old beast -- the D-40. Just like a D-18, it's a dreadnought shape with a long scale, spruce top, x-bracing, and mahogany back and sides. Unlike some other Guilds, the back is braced, solid, and flat rather than press-arched and laminate. This key ingredient gives it a bit more of a "classic dread" tone (warmer, sweeter).
If one closes their eyes and listens to this guitar, it does sound an awful lot like a good D-18, but with a little more presence in the highs and a lot more mids. I'm used to hearing a Martin-ish "mids-scoop" out of copycat dreadnoughts, but this one really retains that mids-rich Guild flavor that sounds so good behind a mic or in a band context. It feels more "hi-fi."
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