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Guild GAD-30E Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The versatile Guild GAD-30E Acoustic-Electric guitar is built on an orchestra-style body design. This shape offers strong lower midranges and versati...Click To Read More About This Product

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This orchestra-style guitar features projection perfection.

The versatile Guild GAD-30E Acoustic-Electric guitar is built on an orchestra-style body design. This shape offers strong lower midranges and versatile dynamics with smaller length, depth and waist”ideal for acoustic and fingerstyle players.

The GAD-30E guitar's solid Sitka spruce top delivers warm, balanced tone right out of the box. Solid mahogany back and sides enhance these qualities with crisp attack and projection. The Indian rosewood fretboard and bridge offer clear, lasting sustain. The 1-3/4" bone nut is comfortable on your fretting hand.

Other enhancements of the Guild GAD-30E include a dovetail neck joint, a strap button with internal block reinforcement, abalone side dot position inlays, a mother-of-pearl headstock logo, mother-of-pearl dotted ebony bridge pins, a mother-of-pearl dotted ebony end pin, a bone nut and saddle, wood body bindings, a tortoise shell pickguard, a back center wood mosaic inlay. Guild dresses all this guitar glory in an antique burst finish.

Acoustic Matrix VT Undersaddle Pickup System
For amplification, Guild has chosen Fishman's classic Acoustic Matrix Natural I Preamp for the GAD-30E. With the added benefit of ergonomic, soundhole-mounted Volume and Tone rotary controls the Acoustic Matrix Preamp has the same tried and true flagship Acousitc Matrix Pickup. Most of the preamp's components are discretely housed within the guitar's body, eliminating the obtrusive preamp hole typically cut into the side of an acoustic-electric guitar.

Guild Acoustic Design (GAD) series guitars are designed to be the right musical tool for the job. High-quality, all-solid wood guitars, they offer you an exceptional value.

Now you can experience the legendary sound of a Guild at a more affordable price than ever, and get a guitar capable of crafting your perfect performance.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • Body Style: Orchestra
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Bracing: Guild Scalloped Spruce
  • Back: Solid Mahogany
  • Sides: Solid Mahogany
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood Pin Bridge
  • Neck: 1-Piece Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Indian Rosewood, 16" Radius, (406.4 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1-3/4" (44.45mm )
  • No. of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine Heads: Grover Vintage Style Chrome-Plated Open-Back Tuners
  • Pickups: Fishman Acoustic Matrix VT System with Under Saddle Pickup and End Pin Mounted Active Preamp
  • Controls: Soundhole Mounted Volume and Tone Controls
  • Pickup Switching: None
  • Finish: High Gloss (Polyester)

Guild has been making exceptional orchestra-style acoustic guitars since 1954. Buy the GAD-30E and hear what you've been missing.


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Not the best of the Guild lineup

By Tom R

from Piedmont Triad, N.C.

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I have owned this guitar in the past and found it to be too difficult to play. This is because the fretboard is simply too flat, almost like a classical. While some players might like that feature, to me, it didn't make this model worth it in the long run. I prefer a more slightly curved playing surface. This one also doesn't have the full body sound of some of the Guild jumbo body guitars and the dreadnaught DV6 and D40s. I ended up trading it in for a Fender Telecaster. The one thing i regret, is that the finish - an iced tea burst - was awesome, but Guild has since discontinued that particular version on some of its guitars. I don't regret having traded this one in. Instead it makes me value and appreciate my several jumbo body Guilds that much more.


the best in this price range.

By dmzchr

from Toronto

This guitar was entirely an impulse buy at a music store in Toronto last year, and it has since become my primary acoustic guitar for playing live. The neck feels perfect, the pickup works well, and it rarely goes out of tune. I also like the original look of the pickguard and the design of the headstock inlays - very classy.Recently I've been experimenting with strings, and Martin medium-gauge bronze strings really bring out the warm tone of the mahogany - I really recommend them upon this guitar.

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