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Guild GAD-25 Acoustic Design Series Dreadnought Guitar with Case

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The GAD-25 represents a return to the Guild of the 1960s in quality, craftsmanship, and price. It is a solid-wood, all-mahogany guitar with deluxe fe...Click To Read More About This Product

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A return to the Guild of the 1960s in quality, craftsmanship, and price.

The GAD-25 represents a return to the Guild of the 1960s in quality, craftsmanship, and price. It is a solid-wood, all-mahogany guitar with deluxe features such as a bone nut, Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, mother-of-pearl inlays, wood body bindings, and wood mosaic back center inlay. In addition to Guild quality of the 1960s, it goes for a 1960 price.

FEATURES
  • Dreadnought body style
  • Solid mahogany top with scalloped bracing
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • 3-piece mahogany neck
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Indian rosewood fretboard
  • Grover Rotomatic die-cast tuners
  • Indian Rosewood Pin Bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • High-gloss polyester finish
  • Mother-of-pearl Dot Position Inlays,
  • Abalone Side dot position inlays,
  • Mother-of-Pearl headstock logo
  • Ebony bridge pins with MOP dots
  • Ebony end pin with MOP dot
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Wood body bindings
  • Clear pickguard
  • Back center wood mosaic inlay
  • Natural finish
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Width at nut: 1-11/16"
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Fingerboard radius: 12"
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4.9

(based on 22 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Forget looking at others in this price range.

I have been playing guitar for 30 years, and have yet to find a guitar in this price range that sounds, or plays, as well.For the price, the sound is phenomenal on the...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar for 30 years, and have yet to find a guitar in this price range that sounds, or plays, as well.For the price, the sound is phenomenal on the both high and low ends. It seem superior to guitars at a higher price breakpoints. The Guild is also far less finicky instrument. The tuning pegs are solid for the price, the action is low enough out of the box. Although I got my luthier to bring the action down almost as low as my 1978 Ibanez Wier, and went with light strings, it still gives me the rich, low sound people are listening for on heavier laden chords. I can strum this guitar hard, set it down for a minute or so, come back and touch the head; and it is still resonating. It is well made.For the money, I think this is the best guitar in its price range. Please, Please, Please purchase a cheap humidifier from musicians friend for it. It will be well worth the few bucks. The dreadnought sound is phenomenal, you want to keep it that way.By the way, the case is beyond reproach.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what I was expecting

I was surprised at the tone of this guitar. It sounds nothing like an all mahogany instrument. Most all-mahogany instruments sound dark and warm. This guitar sounds like it has a spruce laminate...Read complete review

I was surprised at the tone of this guitar. It sounds nothing like an all mahogany instrument. Most all-mahogany instruments sound dark and warm. This guitar sounds like it has a spruce laminate top. Fairly bright, and a strange overtone arrangement. To me it sounds like an older mid-level guitar. The non-wound strings have a quacky 'flap' to them. Not a pop and sing other nicer guitars. Not much sustain on any strings. The fretboard work is very poor, with several frets not aligned properly and quite a bit of buzz on the G and D strings past 7th position. It looks absolutely beautiful, but that's really the best thing about it. The tuners strain under the pull of 13s. I'm afraid I will break my D string tuner. It stops pitching up at right about D, even though I am still turning the peg. Parts of the finish have bubbles in it. That means they did it REALLY fast, and I'm concerned the wood won't age/dry properly. I'm pretty sure I'm going to return this guitar. I own 2 Yamaha F series acoustics that were both well under half the price of this guitar, yet sound much nicer, and play easier.Sorry Guild, nice attempt, but this Guitar is not a winner.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy!

By Gad-25

from Oregon

This is an amazing guitar for the price range! It sounds and plays as good as guitars twice the price.Action was perfect right out of the box and almost perfectly tuned. Would recommend some new strings though.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Great guitar, great value. I'm not the biggest fan on the case but nevertheless, it does it it's job.The guitar looks a lot better in person than it does in the pictures by the way, not quite sexy, but definitely handsome!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Rich Tone

By OzzByte

from Montana

I played this guitar the other day in a shop and couldn't believe the richness of the tone. I have another Guild (D-40CE) which I love, but I have to admit the tone on this one captured me. I bought it of course!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A real gem

By Unplugged Fan

from Pittsburgh

I don't own one yet, but I've played it and was very impressed with the quality of this instrument. It blew away a similar new Martin that costs more. I fell in love with the wood bindings on this guitar, a welcome change from the plastic found on nearly everything else available. Although not particularly loud, it is warm and balanced. I've played lots of guitars and this one is one of the best at any price. You could not go wrong with it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Guild D25

By Jeff-ZBXnf

from FL

I purchased a Guild D25 back in 1986 and it is the only guitar I have from that period (everything else was sold). I love this guitar and can't say enough about it. Now I know it isn't the GAD25 but it is darn close (similar construction and scale). The Mahogany wood provides a very smooth sound, not bright like the spruce top acoustics. It is extremely durable as I have had mine out of the case since 1990 and have banged it against every floor and wall. I had an accident and destroyed the finish. It has become the only guitar I play at home; never even touch my electrics. In fact, I wish I could find an electric that sounded like this Guild. Very rich smooth sound even on the high E string.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BUY THIS GUITAR!!!!!

By 23Vo.dnhp

from Tennesssee

I had researched solid wood guitars for around 2 months online, went into shops and played Martin, Taylor, and other major brand names. I have to say that I like this guitar BETTER than the martin D-15...I also liked it better than the more expensive martin/tayors. I have never laid hands on a more beautiful sounding, china made, well crafted, and just plain amazing guitar!! I even played an American Guild D-4 and did not like it as much! So if you are doing what I did and have researched guitars forever...your search ends here. Cannot get a better one for the money!!!!!!!! Also spend a few extra bucks and slap some Elixr's on it!! It really brings out the best in this beauty!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Forget looking at others in this price range.

By Damage-_EZ9G

from Kohler, Wisconsin

I have been playing guitar for 30 years, and have yet to find a guitar in this price range that sounds, or plays, as well.For the price, the sound is phenomenal on the both high and low ends. It seem superior to guitars at a higher price breakpoints. The Guild is also far less finicky instrument. The tuning pegs are solid for the price, the action is low enough out of the box. Although I got my luthier to bring the action down almost as low as my 1978 Ibanez Wier, and went with light strings, it still gives me the rich, low sound people are listening for on heavier laden chords. I can strum this guitar hard, set it down for a minute or so, come back and touch the head; and it is still resonating. It is well made.For the money, I think this is the best guitar in its price range. Please, Please, Please purchase a cheap humidifier from musicians friend for it. It will be well worth the few bucks. The dreadnought sound is phenomenal, you want to keep it that way.By the way, the case is beyond reproach.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar for the price

By litening99

from quebec, canada

bought this guitar and took it to. my luthier guitar repare man, he wanted to buy it, couldn't get over the sound , quality build of this guitar, he wanred to. buy it from me, i. highly reccomend it to anyone loving guitars,

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy

By JD44

from Duluth, Mn

Great tone/sound and a beautiful look. This is a Great guitar, the best you'll find for the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nervouse at first but very happy

By AnthonyD

from Massachusetts

I have wanted a guild for a long time and i saw my self spending a fortune on one but i would be more than happy to pay for it. i went into the local music store and saw a few guilds and this one happened to be the cheapest.. and the technician at the music store told me that this guitar was the best deal for the price. It plays like a guild worth 1500 dollars but very affordable. I didnt want to give it a chance at first because of the price but to be completly honest its better than any guitar that i could picture myself owning. The action is really low, great for bar chords, lead play is exceptional, and the resonance is beautful. Its a finger pickers dream. One really big positive is that you can add a dean markley pickup to it when you want to play in an amp and it sounds like gold. I had a couple negatives when i first brought it home, there is a bone in strap button for the bottom of the guitar that you have to put in yourself. mine was really loose so i needed the tech to glue it, and i also had a buzz in on the D string but all of that was easily fixed. Bottom line is i saved a thousand dollars and the case is beautiful.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Value

By C Moth

from North Dakota

I do not own this guitar yet but have probably put several hours into one to the great annoyance of the music stores I have visited. I currently own a Yamaha Dreadnaught and have been doing some heavy comparison shopping. So far, out of all the guitars I've tried only this particular model Guild delivers what I'm after. I prefer a bassy resonance to the tone and the Guild delivers. The tone is smooth and unbelievably consistent with no buzz all the way down the neck. The volume is also loud considering the body is of traditional size. You can feel the vibration in your chest. This might cause a problem with an acoustic pup. You could probably just mic this thing.Another thing. The pictures available and even Guild's own catalog do not capture how beautiful this guitar is. The finish is flawless and the mahagony gives everything a warm feel.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not what I was expecting

By Fingerstyle7

from Orange County, CA

I was surprised at the tone of this guitar. It sounds nothing like an all mahogany instrument. Most all-mahogany instruments sound dark and warm. This guitar sounds like it has a spruce laminate top. Fairly bright, and a strange overtone arrangement. To me it sounds like an older mid-level guitar. The non-wound strings have a quacky 'flap' to them. Not a pop and sing other nicer guitars. Not much sustain on any strings. The fretboard work is very poor, with several frets not aligned properly and quite a bit of buzz on the G and D strings past 7th position. It looks absolutely beautiful, but that's really the best thing about it. The tuners strain under the pull of 13s. I'm afraid I will break my D string tuner. It stops pitching up at right about D, even though I am still turning the peg. Parts of the finish have bubbles in it. That means they did it REALLY fast, and I'm concerned the wood won't age/dry properly. I'm pretty sure I'm going to return this guitar. I own 2 Yamaha F series acoustics that were both well under half the price of this guitar, yet sound much nicer, and play easier.Sorry Guild, nice attempt, but this Guitar is not a winner.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The picture doesn't do this guitar justice

By hendrixex

from Atlanta, GA

this is a BEAUTIFUL guitar. I went into the store to exchange my epiphone masterbuilt because one of the pickups was defective..but when I laid eyes on this beauty, love at first site. Amazing looks tone, and action make this a must have for any player..I don't care how good you are! I bought a fishman soundhole pickup and this baby came to life through the roland I played it through!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!

By superglide

from Azle, TX

I have owned this guitar for over a year and first let me say WOW!. This guitar looks great and sounds even better. It was great right out of the box, but I did make an adjustment of the action by sanding the saddle a bit just to make it more to my liking. I use Martin SP Lights, and this thing rings like a bell. It blows everything in this price range away! I have a Martin D-15, and a Taylor 410 CE and I find myself picking up this Guild more than the others. This is a bargain and the case that comes included in the price is quite snazzy. You will not be disappointed in this guitar. Tony

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An amazing guitar, period.

By T.M.M.-rkzWV

from California

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I've been playing guitar for almost ten years now, and have collected a nice arsenal of guitars, and this GAD25 is my latest addition. Even though its the cheapest of all my guitars (I mean cheap as in "inexpensive" NOT as a quality judgment), it holds its own next to my Gibson Hummingbird and Martin D16. It sounds great, even bass and treble response's, nothing too high or low. It stays in tune amazingly well, and the tuners are REALLY smooth. I got mine at a local music store, for the same price, and because I did, I had a luthier spend about 30 minutes making sure the set up was perfect (for free). I've heard from a few sources that these particular guitars have some trouble with over drying and cracking, so make sure you buy a humidifier for it. As long as you take care of it, there shouldn't be any problems (just don't leave it in your garage every day). Basically that problem is why you don't see very many all mahogany guitars, the wood is a little more sensitive. But let me tell you that its absolutely worth it. I was surprised at how good this thing sounds, I still am really. It is the perfect Neal Young, Ryan Adams, etc. guitar. Do yourself a favor and buy this thing. It is IMHO the best deal on the market right now. The case is also nice, it doesn't look like it will easily warp from heat.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Guitar

By docyoung

from Germantown, MD

I am a finger stylist and this guitar is design for that and strumming. It has great tone, bass, mids, and treble. It has great harmonics, bell like highs. The action if pretty good right from the factory also. The inside is neat and very clean. Outside fit and finish is excellent. I am very please with its playability and tone. It's definitely a keeper.

 
5.0

Nice Solid Wood Guitar

By Acoustic Cal

from MN

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This is a well built guitar. Great tuners. Has a beautiful sound. With the case you get with it it is a great value. Well worth the money

 
4.0

i think you want this guitar!

By nataliesilva

from lake city, florida

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The looks of this guitar are alright, but you can't beat the sound at this price. If you put some elixirs on, I'm sure this thing would sound amazing! the full-body really lets the wood sing. I have a takamine gb7 that sounds great and is twice as much, and I think this guitar could keep up. So if you're looking for a good guitar, forget the other junk in this price range (except maybe the breedloves!) and get this.

 
5.0

Guilds Entrys Are High Class Too!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is just perfect for me. I believe it's the best acoustic guitars I've played, and I'm a novice. The sound booms, it's neck is fast, it's got an awesome sound. Awesome for blues, rock, abluegrass, country, and more, I'd say. Me dad gave me a 1970 model, and I let it sit in my closet for years till I had the urge to learn to play guitar 2 years ago. (Had I KNOWN it was that old, it wouldn't have been beaten up so much) But you won't regret getting this guitar.

 
5.0

Beautiful to look at and play

By passkey

from Upstate NY

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I have had my GAD25 for a year and love to play it and look at it. Played it in a music store and fell in love with the sound. Quality is top of the line. Minimal tuning needed. Have used a Dean-Markley pickup on it and worked great using a Marshall AS50D. I highly recommend a GAD25 !

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