Guild F-30NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1968)

Guild  F-30NT Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1968)
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Guild F-30NT Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1968), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # AI-1885, natural lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

Really nice examples of the often very fine sounding Guild flattops of the 1960's can be surprisingly hard to find, despite being a popular choice in their day. This is a superb 1968 natural-top F-30, the midline, mid-size model in Guild's line. The F-30 stood in the company's line above the all mahogany M-20 (famously regarded as the "Nick Drake" guitar) and F-20, the same size and shape with a spruce top. The F-30 was a company mainstay at the time and stands as one of Guild's best and most successful flat tops.

The F-30 is similar in size to a Martin 000 but with a slightly tighter-waisted body, more like a Gibson jumbo. The neck, back and sides are mahogany, the fingerboard and bridge rosewood. This is a very versatile instrument, a smooth finger-or-flatpicking guitar with a vibrant midrange sound which works equally well as a strummed chord machine. This Hoboken-made instrument is an extremely well-built and responsive guitar, much lighter than Rhode-Island made 1970's Guilds and easily on par -- or better -- with similar size Martin or Gibson offerings from the same era. A true classic of the 1960's and one of the most underrated instruments of that era.
 
Overall length is 40 3/4 in. (103.5 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 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).
This is a truly fine example of a natural-top F-30, extremely well preserved for its 50+ years on the planet. The natural lacquer finish has only slight signs of wear, with some small dings, dents and scratches but no large areas of loss. The lacquer is amazingly bright, unfaded and hardly checked at all. There are no cracks at all. There is a strap button added to the heel and an endpin jack fitted. A 3-point contact pickup is installed under the bridge which is fully functional.

As is often the case with these the plastic headstock veneer has shrunken slightly all around (giving the appearance of a bound headstock!) and is a bit puckered above the top tuners but has less lifting than many. This guitar has just had a superb neck reset to the unaltered original-height bridge (a difficult and often expensive procedure on these Guilds) and plays better than it did even back in the 1960's. Just about the cleanest of these we have ever had; and a fine playing, fantastic sounding one as well. Excellent Condition.