Guild F-20NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1966)

Guild  F-20NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1966)

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Guild F-20NT Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1966), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # AG-1507, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top; rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

Good examples of the often very fine sounding Guild flat-tops of the 1960s can be surprisingly hard to find these days; now, as then, they represent one of the best bargains in vintage American flat-tops. This is a natural-top F-20 from late 1966, the flat-top with the smallest body size in the company's line up. The F-20 was the next model up from the M-20 (famously regarded as the "Nick Drake" guitar) and is the same size and shape, but with a spruce top instead of the F-20's all-mahogany construction. This is a smooth little finger-or-flatpicking guitar, with a vibrant midrange-y 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 tuners are the inexpensive Japanese-made strip style seen on many Guilds from this year, likely due to lingering supply issues. The only oddity is the truss rod cover reads "Starfire," having been intended for one of that series. It's possible it was substituted at some point, but is also quite possibly original; this is not the first time we've seen one used on a totally different Guild! The guitar has survived with some light playing wear but no significant damage. An extremely nice recording or gigging guitar, and a lovely 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 nice example overall with some light typical wear and repair. The bridge and saddle have been lowered somewhat but still have decent height, and the bridge has been reglued with some light touch up around the edges. The nut has been replaced with a new bone piece and there is a strap button added to the heel. There is one fairly minor repaired grain crack on the back; otherwise, the instrument is crack-free. The sound hole rings and the pickguard -- both made of celluloid -- have shrunk slightly, but not caused any wood damage or issues. The frets are in excellent shape and this is a very good player, with quite a powerful ringing sound for such a small guitar. Overall Excellent Condition.