Guild F-20NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1964)

Guild  F-20NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1964)

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Guild F-20NT Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1964), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 35286, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top; rosewood fingerboard, hard shell case.

The often very fine-sounding Guild flat tops of the 1960s can be surprisingly hard to find these days, and we always look for them! This guitar is a 1964 natural-top F-20, the smallest body size in the company's line up. The F-20 was the next model up from the all mahogany M-20 (famously regarded as the "Nick Drake" guitar) and is the same size and shape but with a spruce top. This one has the then-new "center peak" shaped headstock mounting the older style Waverly strip tuners. It is a smooth little finger-or-flatpicking guitar, with a vibrant and surprisingly powerful sound, and also works very well as a strummed chord machine.

This is an extremely well-built little guitar, much lighter in construction than 1970s Guilds and easily a match in sound for similar Martin offerings from the same era. The guitar has survived very well with typical minor repairs and very little play wear. These 1960's Guilds are still under-appreciated compared to many other flat-tops. This F-20 would make an extremely nice recording or gigging guitar today, and stands as a very fine example of one of the best small body flat tops of the 1960s.
Overall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm.), 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This is a very clean and original guitar with only light wear and no major alterations. Overall the finish is very clean with just small dings and dents, and some light pick marks into but not through the top finish above the soundhole. There is one cleanly repaired spruce grain crack to the top running from the bridge to the rim, below the high E string. The original frets are in very good shape with a few tiny divots in the first position. The original bridge has been lowered slightly but still has plenty of height, and the guitar is an excellent player with a very big sound for such a small instrument! We love these small-body Guilds from the 1960's and this is one of the nicest we have had, including a very high-grade recent Guild HSC. Excellent + Condition.