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Guild GAD-30PCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The versatile Guild GAD-30PCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar sports an orchestra-style body design. This shape delivers strong lower midranges and versatil...Click To Read More About This Product

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Guild's impeccable craftsmanship, coupled with discrete electronics create an orchestra guitar with tremendous sound.

The versatile Guild GAD-30PCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar sports an orchestra-style body design. This shape delivers strong lower midranges and versatile dynamics with smaller length, depth and waist”ideal for acoustic and fingerstyle guitarists.

The GAD-30PCE guitar's cutaway body offers comfortable access to high-register notes. With a solid spruce top for warm, balanced tone right out of the box and exotic solid African padauk back and sides, this Guild guitar produces exceptional tone.

The rosewood fingerboard and bridge offer clear, lasting sustain, and the 1-3/4" bone nut is comfortable on your fretting hand. Other out-of-the-ordinary details include a dovetail neck joint, a strap button with internal block reinforcement, abalone side dot position inlays, and a mother-of-pearl headstock logo.

Additionally, the acoustic-electric guitar is decked out with ebony bridge pins with mother-of-pearl dots, a mother-of-pearl dotted ebony end pin, bone nut and saddle, wood body bindings, and a tortoise shell pickguard. If that's not enough, Guild has also graced the GAD-30PCE with a wood mosaic inlay running down the back and dressed the guitar with an antique burst finish.

Acoustic Matrix VT Undersaddle Pickup System
For your amplified guitar-playing pleasure, Guild has chosen Fishman's classic Acoustic Matrix Natural I preamp with the added benefit of ergonomic, rotary soundhole-mounted Volume and Tone controls. The preamp has the 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.

  • Category: Guild Acoustic Design
  • Body Style: Orchestra Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Bracing: Guild Scalloped Spruce
  • Back: Solid African Padauk
  • Sides: Solid African Padauk
  • 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)
  • Acoustic Matrix VT Undersaddle Pickup System
    • Ergonomically dsigned soundhole mounted
    • Volue and tone controls at your fingertips (pre-soldered to preamps)
    • System includes an Acoustic Matrix undersaddle pickup and active endpine-mounted preamp
    • Available in wide 1/8" or narrow 3/32" pickup formats
    • Adhesive-mounted battery bag included
    • Natural I preamp offers a slight bass boost and is voiced for concert, auditorium, orchestra and nylon string guitars

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    A High Quality Guitar

    By Cesar-iqToC

    from San Diego, CA

    I just got this beautiful antique-sunburst guitar on Christmas eve. I was very impressed of how good it looks and sounds. It's a very well made guitar, it was set up properly and I don't see any flaws on its construction. It sounded very bright and clear with a lot of sustain. I replaced the 0.012 ga. string with a 0.010 set and the tone is still awesome. The neck feels good, width is not too wide or too thin and its flat and thinner than most acoustics. The guitar's body is thin (3 to 3-1/2") and I was amazed at how loud it sounds, almost as loud as my Seagull sitka-mahogany dreadnought guitar. I live in San Diego, CA, before I ordered this guitar I went to the Taylor factory/showroom and tried most of their guitars particularly the 214 & 314ce. I think it sounded better than the 214ce and almost as good as the 314ce. For the value, I decided on buying this guitar instead of the 314ce. I haven't tried it plugged but with Fishman electronics attached to it, I think it will sound even better.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Guild Greatness

    By Ancient Bluesboy (I gave Moses those tablets)

    from Pacific Northwest

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    This guitar is drop dead gorgeous for a start. I have the Antique Burst and everything about it's appearance is wonderful. It has this creamy coffee colored binding on the body that is so beautiful and the inlays are very nicely done. I could go on but suffice to say the picture does not do it justice.I rated it 4.5 down the line only because, let's face the facts, it is not a 15k guitar. It is a solid wood dream of a guitar and a great mid level instrument. The body seems a little shallow but the sound quickly won me over and it turns out the smaller body makes it extremely comfortable to hold even for long gigs. No upper strap button, so I had one installed. (I do not like having the strap in the way.) The neck is well shaped and comfortable. My luthier lowered the action a tad and it is a player and how! The bone nut and saddle help make it sing throughout every register. The hardshell case is awesome though the lock doesn't work correctly.If you are looking for an eye popping, quality guitar, look no further.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Gad 30 PCE...Excellent guitar

    By keembo

    from Hawaii

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    It is just an excellent guitar and one of my favorites to play. Body size is real nice and it is very full but not tinny like I find some Taylors. I don't know if it is the wood combination being spruce with African Padauk back/sides, but it really is a tone monster. It is fun to use in slack key tunings also.
    I have several guitars and many of them cost considerably more than this Guild, but this Guild holds its own with any of them. A real fingerstylist's guitar.
    This guitar has plenty of features, nice maple binding and nice wide but easily playable neck. The only drawback to me is battery change on the electronics, as it is very difficult without changing strings, but it lasts so long that when you think it has been in a long long time, just change it out inside the soundhole when you change strings. Tuners are good open Grovers and hold tune well.
    The quality on mine was excellent,. Inlays well done, frets properly filed, good action right as I received it. They didn't cut corners anywhere that I can see, and no glue spills. Well put together.
    Very good value for what I paid. The tone and sound make this instrument really as good as others costing three times as much. It is more of a fingerstyle guitar and has excellent volume for being a bit of a shallow bodied guitar. It still sounds full.

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