Guild M-20 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar , c. 1966

Guild  M-20 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar ,  c. 1966

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Guild M-20 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, c. 1966, made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # AH-1205, dark mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black soft shell case.

The often very fine sounding Guild flattops of the 1960's are surprisingly hard to find these days; examples this well preserved are far from common! The M-20 was Guild's least expensive guitar in the 1950's and '60's and while not a rare model per se has become one of the company's most sought-after vintage instruments in recent years. The highly influential English singer/songwriter Nick Drake is known to have played the M-20 and so the model is linked in the popular imagination to his legend, but even apart from this the guitar itself has much to recommend it. A small body all-mahogany guitar, the M-20 has a different tonal character from any other Guild and excels particularly as a fingerpicking instrument. The neck is slim and comfortable, somewhat in between typical Martin and Gibson spec, and arguable is a better guitar of this type than either company was producing in 1966.

This mid-60's model is still very lightly built, especially for a Guild! With no binding and only the plainest inlay the M-20 has a very austere look but a typically smooth, expansive sound. The tuners are the original Waverly strips with plastic buttons and the headstock is faced with the typical Guild plastic overlay, with a bit of the usual shrinkage. This M-20 dates to the 1966 period (the serial number information for this model is inexact) and is rarer than the more typically encountered late 1960's/early '70's model, with a somewhat more responsive sound. A lovely little guitar, this is an exceptionally nice example of an instrument we receive many requests for.
 
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). Very nice original condition-no repairs or alterations, some finish wear on the soundhole rim and some light chipping to the edges but otherwise not much wear. A really fine example, from the family of the original owner! Excellent Condition.