Guild F-20NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1967)

Guild  F-20NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1967)
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Guild F-20NT Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1967), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # AG-1851, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck; spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

The often extremely fine-sounding Guild flat-tops of the 1960s were popular at the time but can be surprisingly hard to find these days; good playing examples are far from common! This is an early-1967 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 instead of all-mahogany construction.

This guitar has one of the two standard finish options offered, designated "NT" for the plain natural top. This is a handy and well-built little guitar, much lighter in construction than 1970s Westerly Guilds and easily a match in sound for similar Martin offerings from the same era. It makes a smooth little finger-or-flatpicking guitar, with a vibrant midrangey sound that also works well as a strummed chord machine. This is a delightful recording or gigging guitar, played but not abused; a nice example of one of the better small body flat-tops of the 1960s.
 
Overall length is 39 in. (99.1 cm.), 13 3/4 in. (34.9 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 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar shows some visible wear and minor repair but remains nicely original and plays and sounds excellent. The finish has general wear overall, most notably to the top which shows evidence of some overly enthusiastic strumming primarily on the upper bass bout. There is one repaired spruce grain crack on the top coming off the front edge of the pickguard; other than that the instrument is crack free. The original bridge has been neatly lowered and playability is excellent. A neat little gigging or recording guitar with a tight but ringing sound that would be an excellent candidate to equip for stage use with any modern pickup, if desired. Very Good + Condition.