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

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

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Item # 8032
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Guild M-20 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, c. 1966, made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # AH-904, natural mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

The often very fine sounding Guild flattops of the 1960's are surprisingly hard to find these days, and still the best value in a vintage solid-wood flat top out there. 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. of the period. Arguably is a better guitar of this type than either of those companies could produce in 1966.

This mid-60's model is 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 expansive sound. The tuners are the original Waverly strips with plastic buttons and the headstock is faced with the typical 1960's Guild vinyl 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 1960's/early '70's models made in Westerly Rhode Island, with a thinner finish and somewhat more responsive sound. A lovely little guitar, this is a nice playing example of an instrument we receive many requests for.
Overall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm.), 13 7/8 in. (35.2 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.). This is a really great sounding little guitar, played in a bit showing some minor repairs but with a recent neck set and refret is an excellent player. There are some small dings and dents to the finish overall; the back especially shows finish loss along the edges but there is hardly any pickwear to the top. It remains all original with no alterations other than the work to make it play well.

The repairs include an old mahogany grain crack on the treble side of the top near the waist, sealed up with no overfinish. A grain crack to the back near the heelblock is also well sealed but visible. There is an area of finish disturbance on the volute on the back of the headstock possible from an old vinyl strap, and the two top tuner shafts are bent but still fully functional. The vinyl headstock facing has shrunk up just a bit as is typical with Guilds and is puckered a bit near the D string tuner. This is not the cleanest M-20 we have had, but not a heavily worn guitar either. It IS one of the best sounding we have heard with plenty of volume and a really powerful ring! Overall Excellent - Condition.