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Guild GAD-F30PCE Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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The GAD-F30PCE guitar from Guild has an orchestra body, with all solid wood, cutaway, Sitka spruce top, African padauk back and sides, Indian rosewoo...Click To Read More About This Product
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The GAD-F30PCE guitar from Guild has an orchestra body, with all solid wood, cutaway, Sitka spruce top, African padauk back and sides, Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, ebony bridge pins, wood binding, Fishman Matrix 1 pickup and 1-3/4"-width nut.
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- Model Name: GAD-F30
- Model Number: 381-3506
- Category: Guild Acoustic Design
- Body Style: Orchestra Cutaway
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Bracing: Guild Scalloped Spruce
- Back: Solid African Padouk
- Sides: Solid African Padouk
- Bridge: Indian Rosewood
- Neck: One-Piece Mahogany
- Fretboard: Rosewood (12" Radius)
- Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
- No. of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Hardware: Chrome
- Machine Heads: Grover Sta-Tite Tuners
- Finish: High Gloss (Polyurethane)
- Pickups: Fishman Acoustic Matrix Natural I Under Saddle Pickup with Endpin Jack
- Neck Joint: Dovetail
- Position Inlay: Ornate Mother-Of-Pearl Position Inlays
- Strap Button: With Internal Block Reinforcement
- Side Dot Position Inlays: Abalone
- Headstock Logo: Mother-of-Pearl
- Bridge Pins: Ebony with MOP Dots
- Nut: Bone
- Saddle: Bone
- Binding: Wood Body
- Pickguard: Tortoise Shell
- Back Center: Wood Mosaic Inlay
- Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case
- Strings: Replace with Guild L350 Phosphor Bronze, p/n 3500350000, Gauges .012, .016, .025, .032, .042, .053
- Introduced: 1/2007
Reviewed by 9 customers
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GREAT Dreadnought tone. This guitar can definitely be loud, but it's not just loud... GREAT tone and can sound soft and beautiful with picked. Action is awesome, very playable. This guitar is an inspiring guitar, which is important for someone who writes primarily on the guitar. It looks and feels great. I play with a lot of different musicians and I get a lot of compliments from guys who sound surprised that my guitar sounds as good as it does. My cousin who owns a boutique, high end, well known brand, hand made guitar can't put it down when we get together...
I use D'Addario J117's on this thing (Mediums) and I think they sound awesome. I get good "growl" with songs in minor keys but just get a great sound. I recorded a few songs with J116's (lights) on the guitar (Jack Johnson uses these strings) and got a really good Jack Johnson acoustic tone. But this guitar has that great, classic dreadnought tone, is well built, sturdy, and looks great too...
OH YEAH... the pick up... sounds great and picks up the guitar's natural tone really, really well... I really don't have anything to complain about with this guitar... This guitar is under priced if you ask me... I would buy it over most $3k acoustics... even if it were the same price...
I can't wait to get another to keep in an alternate tuning...
Great pick up, great looks. Love the trim.
This guitar is well built and sturdy! I have used this guitar A LOT over the last two years and it has held up to everything! Worship leading, jam sessions, camp fires... my kid trying to use it as a teething toy...
I love this guitar. I plan on getting another when I get the cash. I went to Buffalo Bros. Guitars in Southern CA, and played tons of guitar that were way more expensive (Collings, Bougeious, Santa Cruz, Martin) and while it's not comparative to the $4k models anything $3k and below and I would take it over. I've played lots of Martins and Taylors and I would take this guitar over them any day.
This is just an excellent guitar for anyone at any price. Having owned mine for more than a year now, it is beginning to open up even better. I usually tune my guitars down a full note and then use light/medium strings. At present I am using Martin FX phosphour bronze light mediums while it is tuned down. I was surprised at the volume and base that came out of this guitar, as it isn't a real deep guitar like a dreadnought, but nearly as loud and much easier to handle. The electronics are good and no barn door on these. Tuners do a good job of holding guitar in tune. I would recommend this guitar and recommend anyone getting a chance to try the GUild GAD line to be sure and try the GAD-30PCE. I have known folks that seem to like this particular model as well as any. It is a real eye catcher also.
This guitar has enough little bling with fretboard markets and finishing touches with binding that it appears like good quality.
This is a quality made instrument. I don't give it a ten because there are better custom made instruments that deserve that rating, but at its price it is very good quality. It is a fingerpicker's delight with the wide flatter neck. The finish was very nice and no extra glue spills. Clean workmanship.
It is a good value at what you can pick these guitars up. The fretwork was good, and playablility for me was excellent. The guitar has much greater volume than I expected. I prefer this model to the GAD-30R, as I think the tone is nicer with this padauk wood used in sides and back, and the spruce for the top is quality with some silking and quartersawn. The electronics do well through my Crate acoustic amp when I play it plugged. I have used it for worship services and other gigs. The case, although it looks fairly nice seems to have latches that don't close real tight, but it will have to do.
This guitar is a diamond in a sea of turds. Forget china, forget countries, this guitar is hands down the best acoustic for the price that is available! I was hell bent on buying a Martin or Taylor, until i played this...it took my breath away. I could NOT find another acoustic that had this resonance, sustain, and PROJECTION! I CANNOT DESCRIBE TO YOU THE PROJECTION! Also, let me make perfectly clear, my budget for a new acoustic was $2500, i tried every guitar under that price range in the store, and this ate them for lunch! I stake my guitar tech reputation on this statement, you will NOT be disapointed with this amazing machine! Also, all Taylors in this price range are made of laminates, this beauty is solid wood and sounds like solid wood
Would have a 10, because the lack of features makes the sound AMAZING, but i would have killed for a volume knob!
Fantastic, amazing, other synonyms for great!
under a grand? if thats too much for you, maybe go buy a fender t bucket
I've owned this guitar for almost a year now... i went through about 6, or so, acoustic/electric guitars from likes of Taylor, Martin, Takamine, Ovation, as well as other brands that were in this same price range and IMHO this guitar sounded better, both unplugged and plugged in and i love the playability of the wider neck, which is a personal preference... very simple preamp, as it only has one knob for volume and one for tone.On the downside i do get some minor fret buzz, but only on the low E string at the 7th fret, that's it for buzz... the intonation is kinda funky on the B & high E string, one day it's fine the next it's just out enough that a trained ear hear it, haven't figured that out, triads can sound a bit off at time as a result... and the one thing that really bugs me is the fact that the sound hole is smaller than average, it's 3 3/4 inches, standard sound hole is 4" so forget about using any kind of feedback buster with it, although feedback hasn't been a problem, at times stage level volume from other instruments has been.Overall a great guitar and i'm very pleased with the main thing's, which is tone and playability...
I've owned this guitar for almost a year now... i went through about 6, or so, acoustic/electric guitars from likes of Taylor, Martin, Takamine, Ovation, as well as other brands that were in this same price range and IMHO this guitar sounded better, both unplugged and plugged in and i love the playability of the wider neck, which is a personal preference... very simple preamp, as it only has one knob for volume and one for tone.On the downside i do get some minor fret buzz, but only on the low E string at the 7th fret, that's it for buzz... the intonation is kinda funky on the B & high E string, one day it's fine the next it's just enough off that a trained ear hear it, haven't figured that out, triads can sound a bit off at time as a result... and the one thing that really bugs me is the fact that the sound hole is smaller than average, it's 3 3/4 inches, standard is 4" so forget about using any kind of feedback buster with it, although feedback hasn't been a problem, at time stage level volume from other instrument has been.Overall a great guitar though and i'm very pleased with the main thing's, which is tone and playability...Hope this helped. Blessings, mike < Psalm 150:4 Praise Him with stringed instruments!!!
The padauk GAD 30-PCE is a fine quality instrument rivalling instruments that cost far more. It is not too bright on the high end, has good base and overall balance is excellent. It really projects sounding as loud as my dreadnought and jumbo. I was surprised with this. The fit and finish was spot on, and I would recommend a player trying this guitar out. It definitely is a great fingerpicker's pal. The cutaway makes this an easy player up the neck. I like neck shape and nut width.
The first thing that grabs your attention is its appearance. The texture in the top, the color of the back/sides, and the subtle accents in the inlays, binding, and joints make for a gorgeous instrument. Plus, the fit/finish is spot-on.But since beauty alone does not make a guitar, I'm happy to say that this thing sounds even better than it looks. It sounds great unplugged, but really shines when plugged into a PA system. Great for hard strumming songs as well as for finger-picking. Awesome stage alternative to the bulk of my Taylor 410 dreadnaught.
Has the vintage f-30 guild body style. who cares if it's made in China? the quality is very good, solidly built. The sound is where it really shines. The padauk back and sides make this small bodied guitar a mid-range cannon. It is quite loud, projects like a maple jumbo. The highs are not too bright but for me just right. The gloss finish is very light so it doesnt impede any sound. Simple electronics just plug and play. Would recommend this beauty to anyone. Easily rivals the sound of Taylors up to the $2000 price range.
Most natural sounding acoustic electric I've ever owned and I still own a few. Sounds great not plugged in too. I play it through my PA and also mic it at the same time. Can't part with it now.