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Guild D55 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with DTAR Lock & Load Pickup System

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The D55 Traditional DreadnoughtAcoustic-Electric Guitar from Guild has a full-bodied, high-volume body style that was developed with an emphasis on s...Click To Read More About This Product

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The D55 Traditional Dreadnought
Acoustic-Electric Guitar from Guild has a full-bodied, high-volume body style that was developed with an emphasis on string-to-string balance, so that treble, mid and bass registers project evenly. Guild has been building dreadnought acoustic guitars since 1963, and their instruments are revered for their value, reliability, tone, responsiveness, outstanding projection and sustain. The result is one of the most musically versatile dreadnoughts anywhere.

Guild's flagship model, the D55 dreadnought guitar, was introduced in 1968 as a special order-only item, but the response was so strong that within a few years it became a regular production model. The D55 acoustic guitar is prized by players worldwide, from George Strait to Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls). This model features a spruce top, rosewood back and sides, a three-piece mahogany neck, ebony bridge and fingerboard with mother of pearl and abalone block position inlays, and "G"-shield logo. The D-TAR Wave-Length/Load and Lock pickup system makes amplifying this baby a plug-n-play cinch!

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  • Body style: dreadnought
  • Top: solid AAA spruce
  • Bracing: scalloped
  • Back: solid bookmatched rosewood
  • Sides: solid rosewood sides
  • Bridge: ebony
  • Neck: 3-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany
  • Fretboard: ebony (12" radius)
  • Width at nut: 1-11/16"
  • No. Of frets: 20
  • Scale length: 25-5/8"
  • Hardware: gold
  • Machine heads: Grover gold plated die-cast tuners
  • Finish: high gloss (nitro-cellulose lacquer)
  • Unique features: Natural Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone Position Inlays, Bound Ebony Fingerboard, Abalone Rosette, Tortoise Shell Pickguard
  • D-TAR Wave-Length/Load and Lock pickup system
  • Case: includes C4520 deluxe hardshell guitar case
  • Strings: Guild L350 phosphor bronze, gauges .012, .016, .025, .032, .042, .053

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This is the dreadnought you want.

By The guy who owns the moon.

from Washington, DC

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  • Balanced sound
  • Complementary harmonics
  • Extremely well built
  • Fantastic woods
  • Unprecedented intonation


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    As far as dreadnoughts are concerned, the only reason I could fathom not getting a Guild D55 over other production models is because you want a custom made instrument, or if you want a lighter instrument. D55s are expensive and they don't have too much of a bling factor. They have fantastic wood and superb construction. Of course, it's difficult to describe these sorts of qualities adequately to really get the point across in an internet review. I suggest finding one somewhere to play.

    None of this is to say that upper model Gibsons, Martins, etc., aren't wonderful instruments. My argument is that Guilds are just as good and warrant consideration given that we each have our own unique physiology and playing style (i.e., variables out the wazoo). For me, this guitar does the trick and it is most certainly worth considering at this price point.

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    A gem of a guitar.

    By waymo

    from Texas

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    I saw this Guild D-55 in an ad, loved it's looks,but figured I probably would never own one.A few months later, I was in a music store in Austin, and wouldn't you know it, they had one hanging on the wall. I just had to play it, andthe sound of this guitar was the sound I have been looking for all my life in a guitar.I went straight home and begged my wife to let me get this guitar. I have owned it for about a year now, and I really love it. Best guitar I have ever owned.


    Great sound - needs setup

    By Lotusland

    from Undisclosed

    Purchased a new Tacoma-built Guild D-55 based on the sound. Setup from factory was not great - action too high, loose saddle, nut action too high. All easily fixed. For under $2k (what I paid) this is a tremendous value in a new guitar.


    Glad I went back

    By John-CTLMG

    from West Valley, New York

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    Back in the 70's I had owned a D-55, but when you first get and married and a baby on the way well you get the picture. Since then played all lines of accoustics. But was never happy with the tone. Finally the other day I walk into music shop and there was a D-55 sitting there in sunbust. Well that got me picked her up and started playing and it was like I was with a long lost friend. Now I got my my D-55 quite and difference in price but the quality and tone are there. If you are looking for a high end guitar this is the one. I've played Martin's, Gibsons, Takamines and quite many more and with confidence can say that done can compare.


    You won't be disappointed.

    By songman

    from Amelia Island, Florida

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    Been playing a new 2010 D55 now for about a week. Not only is it a beautiful instrument but it is easy to play. The neck is thinnish. The sound quite well balanced with a character all its own.


    good buy

    By davesters D-55 review

    from okc

    I have eleven pro model accoustic guitars, I compared them all side by side for best sound, the d-55 won by leaps and bounds. The reason I purchased the D-55 besides the great sound was the quality of the top. You people who know what to look for in a guitars top know what I mean. Although I don't know if all the D-55 tops are of this quality or if I just got lucky. As far as sound goes it beats the martin D-28,D-45 all of my pro series takamini's, taylor, ovation, gibson. But pluged in the fishman is not the best. If I was only going to have one accoustic the D-55 would be it.


    Nothing compares in this price range!

    By Backwoods Picker

    from Northern Maine

    I sold my D-35[1986] and a Gibson Songwriter Deluxe to buy my new D-55 a few weeks ago. I tryed a new D-28 and a Gibson Southern Jumbo [very nice as well] but they just didnt have the same sound as the Guild and I dont know of any guitar out there that can touch this guitar for this money! If there is one I have never seen or heard it. These have the quality control of a Martin and Taylor and looks and sound of a Gibson but to get all these features from the "Big Three" you will pay double.......... try one you will never regret it!


    Guild is still the best.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    So, I went to a local music store a while back and saw a Guild D-55. My jaw dropped by its beauty. I picked it up, and then I was thrilled. It is commercial quality. I couldn't believe how much better it made me sound (10 years of music experience, I know what I'm talking about). Recommended over Martins, Taylors, Gibsons, or anything else!! IT'S WORTH THE MONEY

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