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Guild GAD-5N Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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The Guild GAD-5N nylon string acoustic electric guitar has a cutaway, 14-fret neck joint, ebony fingerboard, 1 3/4" nut width, Seymour Duncan Timber-...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Guild GAD-5N nylon string acoustic electric guitar has a cutaway, 14-fret neck joint, ebony fingerboard, 1 3/4" nut width, Seymour Duncan Timber-line pickup system, cedar top, solid African padauk back and sides, bone nut, bone compensated saddle, one-piece mahogany neck, all wood binding and purfling, rosewood bridge, ebony fingerboard, and 650 mm scale length.


GAD-5N Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Model Name: GAD-5N
    Model Number: 381-0905
    Category: Guild Acoustic Design Nylon string
    Body Style: Hauser Classical shape with Cutaway
    Top: Solid Western Red Cedar
    Bracing: Special Guild Classical Spruce
    Back: Solid African padauk
    Sides: Solid African padauk
    Bridge: Indian Rosewood with Compensating Bone Saddle
    Neck: One-Piece Mahogany with Rosewood Insert
    Fretboard: Ebony (Flat Radius)
    Width at Nut: 1-3/4" (52 mm)
    No. of Frets: 20
    Scale Length: 25.59" (650 mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Guide Special 3-in-line Tuners with Black Buttons
    Finish: High Gloss (Polyurethane)
    Pickups: Seymour Duncan Timber-line
    Neck Joint: Dovetail
    Binding: Wood Body
    Purfling: Wood
    Rosette: Wood Mosaic
    Side Dot Position Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl
    Nut: Bone
    Saddle: Bone
    Headcap: Rosewood
    Strap Button: on Upper Bout
    Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case
    Strings: D'Addario .016 to .054
    Introduced: 1/2007

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Guild GAD-5N Padauk

By Tele Guy

from California

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Comments about Guild GAD-5N Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The materials used are first-rate, the build quality is excellent. Unplugged the guitar's tone is very open and sweet and clear, with plenty of volume. Plugged in, the sound maintains the same excellent qualities. I have experience with guitars of every price range, and this one rates way up there with the best, regardless of price.
This should be made clear: the neck joins the body at the 12th, not 14th, fret. The description is incorrect. The bone nut and bone saddle gve this guitar a lot of class. The cutaway gives very good access to the upper frets. Solid cedar top means the tone will improve with age. The ebony fingerboard gives smooth fretting. Lastly, the solid reddish padauk sides and back give this guitar a very majestic appearance, a refreshing change from the common brownish mahogany or rosewood. The electronics are very simple -- an under-saddle pickup, and a preamp powered by 2 AA batteries, with no volume or tone controls; yet the amplified sound is very natural, with none of the nasally, quacky sound you find in so many pickup system of this design. In sum, the amplified is very good -- natural and open, with very little hiss.
The build quality is excellent for a factory-made guitar. The fit and finish are first rate. The nut and saddle might need some lowering if you want absolute low action. The factory settings are fine for most people. The frets are nicely finished, with no sharp ends and no buzzes.
An all-solid wood guitar of this quality, with a big name like Guild, is hard to beat at this price. Others in this price range will have laminated sides backs. No laminates here, all solid wood. A Guild hardcase is included. The only weakness are the tuning gears, which on my guitar are somewhat tight to turn, but the upside is that they keep the guitar in tune fairly well. I have seen smooth gears on other guitars, but this is minor gripe.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent hybrid classical guitar!

By Telefinatic

from Gambrills, Md


  • All solid woods
  • Bone Nut And Saddle
  • Built In Under Saddle Pic
  • Friendly Neck Width
  • Great tone


  • No Pickup Eq

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    Comments about Guild GAD-5N Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Purchased this after owning several "old school classicals" that were too hard to play. The neck on this guitar almost feels like my Fender electric guitar necks. Can play much longer time now due to ease of the fingerboard. The Paduk wood not only looks incredible but I compared the tone with the rosewood model and the Paduk clearly sounded better. No dissapointments here!

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