SOLD - Guild D-50 Bluegrass Special – USA 1974
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‘Guild Guitars have produced wonderful instruments right here in the United States for a very long time. Founded in 1952 in Manhattan, New York, by a former executive of the Epiphone Guitar Company, Guild Guitars had a solid foundation for their company. Though the primary focus of Guild Guitars was initially arch-top jazz model instruments, the folk boom of the 1960s forced the company to build guitars suited towards that market, and so they came directly in line to compete with the elder C.F.Martin & Company.
Guild Guitars continues to produce some very wonderful folk model instruments. They are especially well-known are their Dreadnought body instruments and their highly esteemed twelve-string guitar.’
About the Guild D-50 Bluegrass Special:
‘Now, the Guild D-50 Bluegrass Special is a guitar built with one purpose in mind: to compete directly with the Martin D-28. In every single way this guitar was created and designed towards that one singular end, and it does compete well with the Martin D-28. The proof is that the guitar is still made to this very day, because it has proven successful towards the end for which it was created.
There is one thing in particular that makes the Guild D-50 Bluegrass Special a more favorable instrument to the Martin for some. It's the fact the Guild D-50 Bluegrass Special features a solid red, or Adirondack, spruce soundboard, or top. The standard Martin HD-28 comes with a Sitka spruce soundboard or top. It is often thought the Adirondack spruce provides a louder and clearer tonality, and also more sustain, than does the more common Sitka spruce soundboard.’
- Solid spruce top
- Rosewood sides and back
- Mahogany neck with fully adjustable truss rod
- 20 Fret Ebony fingerboard with inlaid mother-of-pearl position dots.
- Inlaid head-late
- Chrome plated machines
- Ebony bridge
- Black pick guard
- White 7-ply ivoroid binding inlaid around top and back
- Neck joins the body at 14th fret.
- Dimensions: Body 15 3/4” (40 cm.) wide, 20” (50.8 cm.) long, 5” (12.7 cm.) deep.
- Overall length 42” (106.6 cm.)
- Scale length 25 5/8” (65 cm.)
- Neck width at nut 1 11/16” (4.3 cm.)
This Guild D-50 has a very easy neck to get around. With a standard nut width and it’s the slender C profile that really lets you wrap your mitts around it.
Chords, finger picking, licks, flat picking and open string runs are all fair game and players of any level will appreciate the overall slinky feel of this nice Guild.
It’s dread styled body opens up the bottom end for a clear and balanced tone great for the chord playing singer songwriter but there’s also some sizzle in there if you need to get a bit more percussive.
This one owner guitar was bought new in the USA in 1974. It has been well looked after and shows some signs of wear and tear from general play over the years, minimal fret deterioration and there are no structural issues.
Comes in a non-original hardshell case in great condition.