Guild M-20 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1959)

Guild  M-20 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1959)

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Guild M-20 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1959), made in Hoboken, serial # 1619, dark mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator grain chipboard case.

The M-20 was Guild's least expensive guitar in the 1950's and 60's but has become one of the company's most sought-after vintage models 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 the guitar itself has much to recommend it. A small body all-mahogany instrument, the M-20 has a different tonal character from any other Guild and excels particularly as a fingerpicking instrument. The neck is a round, slightly shallow C profile and very comfortable, somewhat in between typical Martin and Gibson spec.

This M-20 is from a known batch of late-'50's examples with oddly anomalous serial numbers; the "Ghost label is a feature of Guilds from the 1959-60 era but the 4-digit serial number would otherwise suggest 1954. At any rate this is still an early model and particularly lightly built, especially for a Guild! An 1950's gold script Guild logo is stenciled on the plain headstock above the small "teardrop" truss rod cover; the tuners are openback Waverly strips with plastic buttons. With a simple, lightly sprayed finish, no binding and only the plainest inlay, this model has a very austere look but a typically well-rounded, surprisingly powerful and expansive sound. This M-20 dates to the late 1950's and is much rarer than the typical 1960's model, as well as somewhat more lightly built. This is simply lovely little guitar, and is one of our most requested instruments.
 
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 in. (10.2 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 spectacularly clean guitar, all original with very little play wear anywhere. There are a few dings and dents, but overall only the most minor signs of use. The bridge and saddle have been lowered somewhat and the instrument refretted resulting in an exceptionally fine playing and sounding example, one of the very best we have ever had. Includes the original alligator-grain chipboard case in surprisingly good useable condition. Excellent + Condition.