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Guild GAD-50 Acoustic Design Series Dreadnought Guitar  

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    Guild

    Quality materials, American craftsmanship, designed with you in mind.

    The Guild GAD-50 has the world's most popular acoustic body shape, one that has been used for more than 70 years.

    The guitar features a solid Indian rosewood back and sides, a solid spruce top with scalloped bracing and a one-piece mahogany neck with traditional dovetail neck joint. Other features include an Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, ebony pearl dot-inlaId bridge pins and strap buttons, classic pearl fingerboard inlays, wood binding, bone nut and bone compensated saddle, Grover Rotomatic tuners and a wooden arched guitar case.

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

    Features

    • Body style: Dreadnought
    • Top: Solid Sitka spruce
    • Bracing: Guild scalloped
    • Back: solid Indian rosewood
    • Sides: solid Indian rosewood
    • Bridge: Indian rosewood pin bridge
    • Neck: 1-piece mahogany
    • Fretboard: Indian rosewood (12" radius)
    • Width at nut: 1-11/16"
    • No. Of frets: 20
    • Scale length: 25-1/2"
    • Hardware: chrome
    • Machine heads: Grover Rotomatic die-cast tuners
    • Finish: high gloss (polyester)

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    4.8

    (based on 25 reviews)

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    Guild GAD-50

    Though I gave a few 9's above I'm really satisfied with this guitar. It sounds and looks great without breaking the bank. Yes, it may be constructed in China but pick up...Read complete review

    Though I gave a few 9's above I'm really satisfied with this guitar. It sounds and looks great without breaking the bank. Yes, it may be constructed in China but pick up a USA made acoustic at this price range and you get an equivalent product or less. Don't let "Made in China" or "Made in USA" fool you when it comes to this guitar specifically. Two good struggling musicians could be play a show; one guy uses a Guild GAD-50 and the other a Gibson Hummingbird. They play evenly well but what the audiences doesn't know is the guy with the Guild is playing on a full stomach and the guy with the Gibson is starving haha. Anyhow, great guitar from Guild. I recommend it!!
    The features are legit on this guitar! Everything is as stated in the specs so I won't ramble about it. Though I am a bit confused about the models with the strap pins and the ones without it. Tried doing some research on it but haven't been able to determine if this was the case of a remodel as Guild doesn't really have a serial # database.
    First and foremost: SOUND: The sound of this guitar is unbelievable! Like the majority of reviews I'm sure you and I have come across, this guitar is extremely well balanced. The lows are not as distinct as Martins and the highs are not as bright as Taylors but it's comfortably warm and will certainly cut through your mix. When strumming, you get a nice-smooth-full sound. And unlike some guitars in its price range when strumming forcefully, the guitar neither gives in or fights back (giving you an unfulfilled, plastic-like string feeling with little volume), this guitar stays solid and lets you feel the vibration correctly between your strings-pick-and-fingers. Fingerpicking is a real pleasure on this guitar as well. Even when playing at soft velocities you are able to dish out some recordable volumes.

    Craftsmanship: The selected wood itself makes this guitar a real beauty. I have the natural finish and it's not as flashy but it's a traditionally fashionable guitar decked out with nice features (as also mentioned in specs). The only thing I've noticed is a little excess wood glue that joins the fretboard to the body. Nothing too noticable since I'm consistently distracted by its beautiful wood finish and sound. No nitches anywhere.
    TEN. I try my best to sit down and enjoy every guitar I decide to pick up whether it be a more expensive Gibson or a Martin in this price range. The Guild GAD-50 is by far the best value in its price range. I honestly, honestly think it's underpriced. The fitted Guild tweed case that comes with looks great, is durable, and best of all LIGHT compared to some other cases I've lugged around.This craftsmanship + value = WIN.

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    Good name but not American made

    I have several Guilds and they play pretty well. Although my J-40 twelve was made with a misaligned bridge making it impossible to tune and Fender(who owns Guild) gave me a song...Read complete review

    I have several Guilds and they play pretty well. Although my J-40 twelve was made with a misaligned bridge making it impossible to tune and Fender(who owns Guild) gave me a song and a dance on the repair of a new guitar. These Asian made guitars are really expensive! This guitar cost as much as my J-40 and J-4012 and both came with cases. I like the looks and know that Guild had made good instruments before being gobbled up be Fender. But this new line leaves me looking at the Martins, Alvarez, Blue Ridge, Takamine, Epi Masterbuilt, Parkwoods and even Silver Creek instead of this foreign pretender.

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    5.0

    I love this guitar!!!

    By J Straw

    from Peterborough, NH

    I am so happy with this guitar. Exactly what I was looking for...A full sounding dreadnought that isn't overly boxy or boomy along with clearly defined highs.

    Perfect for any style..strumming or picking..If you especially like country, bluegrass, Neil Young type stuff, you will not be dissapointed.
    My first Rosewood body guitar...what a difference in sound compared to mahogany or maple..
    Combined with the spruce top it's a well balaced tone. Deep lows and crisp highs. it sounds more like a martin than a taylor though...it' has that true dreadnought sound.
    The wood grain and finish is impeccable.
    I was floored by the hard shell case. One would expect to see this with much more expensive guitars.
    fine workmanship...who cares if it was made in China..cleary they have high quality control standards in place.

    I did find the action a bit to high for my taste so I sanded the saddle down about 1/32"...very easy to do.
    Way better than a lot of guitars I tried at this price level. No comparision!!! best money I ever spent. I'll own this for life!

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    5.0

    Guild GAD-50

    By Shu Lor

    from NC

    Though I gave a few 9's above I'm really satisfied with this guitar. It sounds and looks great without breaking the bank. Yes, it may be constructed in China but pick up a USA made acoustic at this price range and you get an equivalent product or less. Don't let "Made in China" or "Made in USA" fool you when it comes to this guitar specifically. Two good struggling musicians could be play a show; one guy uses a Guild GAD-50 and the other a Gibson Hummingbird. They play evenly well but what the audiences doesn't know is the guy with the Guild is playing on a full stomach and the guy with the Gibson is starving haha. Anyhow, great guitar from Guild. I recommend it!!
    The features are legit on this guitar! Everything is as stated in the specs so I won't ramble about it. Though I am a bit confused about the models with the strap pins and the ones without it. Tried doing some research on it but haven't been able to determine if this was the case of a remodel as Guild doesn't really have a serial # database.
    First and foremost: SOUND: The sound of this guitar is unbelievable! Like the majority of reviews I'm sure you and I have come across, this guitar is extremely well balanced. The lows are not as distinct as Martins and the highs are not as bright as Taylors but it's comfortably warm and will certainly cut through your mix. When strumming, you get a nice-smooth-full sound. And unlike some guitars in its price range when strumming forcefully, the guitar neither gives in or fights back (giving you an unfulfilled, plastic-like string feeling with little volume), this guitar stays solid and lets you feel the vibration correctly between your strings-pick-and-fingers. Fingerpicking is a real pleasure on this guitar as well. Even when playing at soft velocities you are able to dish out some recordable volumes.

    Craftsmanship: The selected wood itself makes this guitar a real beauty. I have the natural finish and it's not as flashy but it's a traditionally fashionable guitar decked out with nice features (as also mentioned in specs). The only thing I've noticed is a little excess wood glue that joins the fretboard to the body. Nothing too noticable since I'm consistently distracted by its beautiful wood finish and sound. No nitches anywhere.
    TEN. I try my best to sit down and enjoy every guitar I decide to pick up whether it be a more expensive Gibson or a Martin in this price range. The Guild GAD-50 is by far the best value in its price range. I honestly, honestly think it's underpriced. The fitted Guild tweed case that comes with looks great, is durable, and best of all LIGHT compared to some other cases I've lugged around.This craftsmanship + value = WIN.

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    5.0

    Great woods and classy upgrades make for a very high quality guitar

    By Ben Buzan

    from Smallville

    I have had this guitar for almost a year. I find it to be fun to play and has exceptional tone. It comes with the extra ditties like bone nut and saddle and ebony pins and the pearl inlays.

    I keep thinking I should be wanting to "upgrade" to a 2000 dollar USA Guild, but these GAD lines are real gems. Instead of an F50 Standard or Traditional, I think I might just get me a GAD Jf50 and save a thousand bucks.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: The best thing about these guitars are the solid woods and case.
    The bone nut, bridge, ebony pins, and mother of pearl fingerboard inlays (like on the Les Paul Customs) and on the headstock, come as regular appointments. This guitar is already all solid wood which is incredible for this price range. All these extras are very welcome additions.

    And the included case is exceptionally well done. I'm proud to carry this out.
    This does need a set up because these guitars did ride a boat from China. I had a trusted tech file the saddle down a little and reglued the nut in because it had popped out. While I freaked out, this isn't that big of a deal. This is to be expected from a guitar that came halfway around the world and for spending money on a serious guitar like this, a setup should be mandatory.


    My only real complaint is that I wish they could have used a nitro finish for the guitar.
    The reason I say a 5 is because this is Chinese made and despite its strengths, this will not hold value like any Gibson or USA made Martin.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Sky

    from Enterprise Alabama

    this is the best flat top guitar I have ever had. I've had her for about three years now, and it just sounds better every day. get it. forget martin or gibson.

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    5.0

    My sweet honey baby

    By hughrossmusic.com

    from Pennsylvania

    For the money you can not get a sweeter sounding acoustic. i testing hundreds of guitars that cost WAY more but this baby was honey from the word go. I had to have it. Bought it 5 years ago when the price was lower but it's still worth the cash if you can swing it. Put a L.R. Baggs I-beam in it and I don't ever want a different guitar or setup for as long as I live. If you want a guitar that is more open and full sounding and stays away from the thin tinny noise of most of the more expensive acoustics then try it out. I get nothing but sweet, full, recordable soul out of her. Everyone I meet compliments me on her sound.

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    5.0

    will beat a taylor any day

    By mike t

    from Olympia, WA

    i have owned this guitar for four months, my dad owns three other guild acoustics, and the company makes A+ guitars. you will not be dissapointed at all with this guitar. this is the best deal and greatest peice of wood you can get for this price.

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    5.0

    Wonderful Acoustic Guitar

    By Seth-2qiLQ

    from Los Angeles, CA

    I am going to keep this simple. What I like about the guitar is the beautiful Vintage Sunburst Finish, the amazing tone, the craftsmanship, the neck is extremely comfortable to play, the intonation, the solid wood selection. What I don't like is the placement of the Top Strap Pin. They place it on the upper portion of the upper bout. In my opinion it should be on the underside of the heel. That would balance out the guitars weight while playing standing up. I had an issue with the case locks, they are not very well aligned but that is easily fixable by bending the hooks slightly. Other then that, this guitar amazes me. I own a Takamine GB-Seven-C, an Ovation Balladeer, Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RNS, and this guitar sounds better then all of those. It has become my primary rig.

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    5.0

    affordable quality

    By kevnguyen90

    from San Diego

    Great solid wood guitar with bone nut & saddle at an affordable price. The tone is well balanced and you definitely get more than you pay for with this guitar. Very easy to play action, but the only thing that took some getting used to was the neck (slightly slimmer than I'm used to).

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    5.0

    Buying very soon

    By Alohagirl

    from California/Hawai'i

    I am looking to upgrade my first acoustic guitar and have been researching solid body guitars including Taylor and Martin (Gibson is out of my price range). While doing my research I came across this Guild GAD 50. I found one to play this weekend and was blown away! I also played a Gibson Hummingbird which didn't sound half as good. When fingerpicking, the base notes seemed to just hang out forever. Playing this guitar made me seem like a much better player than I am.

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    5.0

    Great guitar

    By MichaelP-1bla0

    from Alberta Canada

    I have the tobacco burst G-50 and i could not be happier with it. It looks way better then the picures, the finish is flawless. The guitar is made out of solid wood, so it will sound golden with age. the feel of the guitar is great, and guild is strict about how thin the gloss must be so it does not affect the tone. deff. recomend it.

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