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 flat-tops of the 1960s 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 1950s and '60s, 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 arguably is a better guitar of this type than either of those companies would produce in 1966.

This mid-'60s 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 1966-7 period (the serial number information for this model is inexact) and is rarer than the more typically encountered late 1960s/early '70s 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 alterations, some finish wear on the sound hole rim, and some light chipping to the edges but otherwise not much wear. The vinyl-like headstock veneer has some typical shrinkage and some marks bass side from being glued back down. A recent neckset and refret make this a very fine-playing guitar. A really nice example, we got this originally from the family of the first owner! Excellent Condition.