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Guild D-20 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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The D-20, formerly known as the D-25, is a dreadnought acoustic guitar built with solid mahogany top, back, and sides. First introduced to the Guild ...Read More
All mahogany with a vintage vibe made in the USA.
The D-20’s modest appointments include a vintage style rosette and Guild’s peak logo inlaid in mother-of-pearl on the headstock. Each D-20 comes with a hand-signed, numbered certificate of authenticity, and ships with a hardshell case. Includes hardshell case.
- Body type: Dreadnought
- Cutaway: No
- Top wood: Solid Mahogany
- Back & sides: Solid Mahogany
- Bracing pattern: Scalloped X
- Body finish: Satin varnish
- Neck shape: C
- Nut width: 1 3/4"
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Scale length: 25 5/8"
- Number of frets: 20
- Neck finish: Satin varnish
- Pickup/preamp: N/A
- Headstock overlay: Black Fiber
- Tuning machines: Guild Vintage-Style Open-Gear
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Saddle & nut: Bone
- Number of strings: 6
- Special features: N/A
- Case: Guild Humidified Archtop Wood Case
- Accessories: Warranty booklet
- Country of origin: United States
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- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Rich Sound
- Stays In Tune
- Rock Concerts
- Small Venues
Comments about Guild D-20 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:
The Guild D-20 is the best bang for the buck you will find in a USA-made guitar, period. While I will sing the virtues of the guitar itself, the best way to really underscore what a great deal this guitar is, is to talk about how it compares with it's main competition, the mighty Martin D-15M (preview: it trumps the Martin in every way and comes in at a lower pricetag).
I purchased mine from Sweetwater. At the moment, the natural sells for about $1279, and the sunburst for a little more. Meanwhile, the Martin D-15M has a minimum advertised price of about $1400 for the natural finish. Whatever configuration you choose, the D-20 sells for less (and comes in less than comparable Taylor guitars, and with better features, but as I am not super familiar with, nor fond of, Taylor's, I will not discuss them).
Now, let's do a little comparison. Despite selling for a lower price, the Guild has some serious advantages over the Martin. First, the Guild uses a true, hand-fitted dovetail neck joint. This is a traditional process for American guitars. It is time-consuming, but many makers agree it gives the most traditional, resonant tone. The Martin used to use a "Mortise and Tenon" neck joint; they have since upgraded to a "simple dovetail" (thereby basically admitting they think a Dovetail is superior, or at least that their customers do, and it is a good improvement over the M&T in my opinion). A "simple dovetail" is done entirely by a CNC machine and still includes a bolt the way the M&T did. Meanwhile, again, the Guild uses the traditional, hand-carved and hand-fitted Dovetail, much more labor intensive, again, done entirely in the USA, yet they still are able to charge less for the guitar.
The woods are essentially all the same between the Guild and Martin--everything is mahogany except the rosewood fretboard and bridge and the spruce bracing. The wood on the Guild is all of fantastic quality. Martin D-15Ms I've played have varied somewhat, but the wood is good there too