Guild F-30NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1967)

Guild  F-30NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1967)
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Guild F-30NT Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1967), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # AI-1145, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

Good examples of the often very fine-sounding Guild flat-tops of the 1960s can be surprisingly hard to find these days, despite being a popular choice at the time. This is a very early 1967 F-30NT, just a few serial numbers after the last recorded for 1966. The "NT" designation indicated the natural-top variation of the F-30, the midline, mid-size model in Guild's line. The F-30 is a 15" wide model which occupied a place in the company's line above the smaller all-mahogany M-20 (famously regarded as the "Nick Drake" guitar) and F-20, the same size and shape with a spruce top.

This F-30's features are typical for the era, with a mahogany back, sides, and neck, spruce top, and rosewood bridge and fingerboard. The neck is slim and comfortable with a headstock faced in thin plastic with the Guild name and "Chesterfield" column inlay. The narrow-waisted body makes for an easy handling guitar; this model was most identified in the 1960s with Mississippi John Hurt and Paul Simon. This is an extremely well-built and responsive guitar, much lighter than Rhode Island-made 1970s Guilds and easily on par -- or better -- compared with similar size Martin or Gibson offerings from the same era. The F-30 is similar in size to a Martin 000, and makes for a smooth finger or flat-picking guitar with a vibrant midrange sound which works equally well as a strummed chord machine.
 
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is a beautiful example overall, with some light play wear and repair but all original and great-sounding. There is some pick wear to the top, mostly around the intersection of the bridge and pickguard. Overall the finish has some scrapes and dings but no other notable loss. There is one tiny repaired spruce grain crack off the top edge of the pickguard in the typical spot. There are no other cracks.

This guitar has just had the neck reset and refret so is in optimum playing condition. The original rosewood bridge was never cut down, even the bridgepins and endpin are original. The guitar remains unaltered except for the neckset required to bring playability to a modern standard. The sound is spectacular; this guitar is an excellent fingerpicking instrument which also performs well with a flat-pick making for a very versatile instrument. The original chipboard case is still present, in excellent shape as well with the original hangtag and polishing cloth inside. A super nice example of one of our favorite 1960's flattops. Excellent Condition.