Spectacular sounding Guild D-40 from 1963 – special bracing and very impressive vintage sound!
Guild is one of the big US-American manufacturers of guitars beside Martin and Gibson. The company was founded in 1952 by Alfred Dronge and George Mann. By 1956 Guild was already so successful that they had to move to larger premises in Hoboken, New Jersey. Here some of the Guild guitars that are in great demand today were built.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, Guild supplied many of the famous musicians and became increasingly popular.
From this golden age of Guild comes this great D-40. The D-40 was launched in 1963 along with D-50. These dreadnoughts were designed for balance and projection to help the guitars stand out against a full bluegrass band. In these early years Guild used a very special fan bracing pattern – the sound is so special and outstanding, what a pity that they changed to X-bracing after 1965.
It sounds resonant and punchy, with a full tone and great clarity and definition. It’s a very responsive guitar, with a very comfortable playing action (had a neck reset) and a great feeling neck.
The guitar has some repairs, all are solid and there is nothing to fear.
It comes with a newer hard case.