Guild M20

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M20 The Original Guild Acoustic

Oct 16, 2001 (Updated Oct 23, 2001)
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Pros:small body,big sound,and good looks

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: This is a guitar that is built to last a lifetime and sound good all the way. solid and sweet sounding.


The Guild M20 concert size guitar is a reissue of one of the original Guild acoustic guitars introduced in the early 60's's when the company began growing in New York.It was originally called "The Economy M20",but was and still is a fine instrument.There is no record of when these guitars were introduced,but they were made into the 70's.
The M20 has a satin finish ,and the top back, and sides are solid mahogany .Nice action too. Low and true.
The neck is rosewood and is fitted with medium frets.
This is a very nice instrument. It has a big sound for a small guitar. The sound of a mahogany top guitar is unique in it's tone. a bit more mellow,and warm. But punchy.
I think what I like most about this guitar is that it's shape, while resembling a Martin concert size, has a bit more body to it in the top and it gives a bit nicer sound to my ear. Better than the "15" series of Martin guitars.
This guitar is priced in the moderate range,but is a pro quality guitar all the way.Big bang for the buck.
It has basic appointments,and other than the Chesterfield on the headstock is pretty stripped down. The satin finish gives this instrument a bit less glamor,but it does not detract from the performance one bit.Nor does the tortoise shell pickguard. I would recommend this guitar for the person who plays many styles and likes the smaller size. It sure is going to be pretty in about 15 years. Once it ages .
I like Guild's way of making guitars. They are solidly built and can take a lickin and keep on tickin so to speak. they are not dainty like Larivee guitars,and don't need to be pampered. The woods are first rate and the consruction is neat and well done. Never sloppy. These guys build real guitars . If you pay attention to videos these days,you will notice alot of Guilds being played. That is partly due to Fender owning them now,and in part to the fact people are rediscovering them to be the fine guitars they are. I highly recommend this nice simple little guitar.But then I recommend most of Guild's models .These guitars may be the last of the Westerly Rhode Island guitars. Fender bought Guild a few years ago and is now in the process of moving the factory from Westerly (where it has been since the 60's)to California.Will the Quality hold up ? I wonder. Fender has a nasty habit of ruining what it takes over.
Try this, you will like it.While they are still made in the Guild tradition of Alfred Dronge .


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