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Guild F-20NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1961)

Guild  F-20NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1961)

Guild F-20NT Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1961), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 14823, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top; rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard 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 an early 1961 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 older style "open book" headstock shape which would change to the modern Guild "peaked" pattern by 1965. It is a smooth finger-or-flatpicking guitar, with a vibrant midrangey 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 with some play wear, but no major alterations. It would make an extremely nice recording or gigging guitar. A superb player's example of one of the nicer 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 guitar is in excellent playing shape and sounds fantastic. It remains mostly original with some light play wear and minor repair work. The finish shows some light dings and scrapes but no heavy pickwear. There is a repaired spruce grain crack on the top just behind the low E string running from the bridge to the bottom edge, solidly sealed but visible.

The headstock has a couple of patches to the veneer (which may have loosened long ago) and has been polished out, but fortunately the silkscreened Guild logo is still intact. The tuners look to have been changed to older Kluson Deluxe strips, probably a long time ago -- Guild usually used Waverly strips in this period. The neck has been reset and the guitar plays extremely well with the original height uncut bridge. This F-20 has a huge sound for such a small guitar, and is an absolute delight to play. Excellent - Condition.

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