Guild F-30-NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1962)

Guild  F-30-NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1962)

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Guild F-30-NT Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1962), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 21152, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck; spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

The often very fine sounding Guild flattops of the 1960's are surprisingly hard to find these days, despite being a fairly popular choice in their day. This is a 1962 natural-top F-30, the midline, mid-size model in Guild's flat top line. The F-30 stood in the company's line above the all mahogany M-20 (famously regarded as the "Nick Drake" guitar) and F-20, the same size and shape with a spruce top. The somewhat larger F-30 is generally similar in layout to a Martin 000-18, but with a somewhat different body shape owing something to Gibson's narrow-waisted jumbo guitars.

This is an extremely well-built and responsive guitar, much lighter than Rhode-Island made 1970's Guilds and easily on par-or better- compared with similar size Martin or Gibson offerings from the same era. This early model has some slightly variant features from the more common mid 1960's examples including the older "open book" headstock shape, Waverly openback strip tuners and a slightly different pickguard shape. This F-30 is a very good sounding guitar, and makes a smooth finger-or-flatpicking guitar with a vibrant midrange sound which works equally well as a strummed chord machine.
 
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 in. (10.2 cm.) in depth at side. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). A nice example overall, with some light play wear but no major finish loss. There are small dings and scrapes to the finish with one fairly deep "case lid ding" to the lower top and a spot of bely buckle wear through the finish on the back. This guitar appears to have had a very cleanly done neck set with some old overspray to the back of the neck and the heel, only noticeable on close inspection. Overall a very nice playing and sounding old Guild, with a lot of character to the tone. Includes a modern HSC. Overall Excellent - Condition.