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Comments about Guild D-20 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:
The Guild D-20 is the best bang for the buck you will find in a USA-made guitar, period. While I will sing the virtues of the guitar itself, the best way to really underscore what a great deal this guitar is, is to talk about how it compares with it's main competition, the mighty Martin D-15M (preview: it trumps the Martin in every way and comes in at a lower pricetag).
I purchased mine from Sweetwater. At the moment, the natural sells for about $1279, and the sunburst for a little more. Meanwhile, the Martin D-15M has a minimum advertised price of about $1400 for the natural finish. Whatever configuration you choose, the D-20 sells for less (and comes in less than comparable Taylor guitars, and with better features, but as I am not super familiar with, nor fond of, Taylor's, I will not discuss them).
Now, let's do a little comparison. Despite selling for a lower price, the Guild has some serious advantages over the Martin. First, the Guild uses a true, hand-fitted dovetail neck joint. This is a traditional process for American guitars. It is time-consuming, but many makers agree it gives the most traditional, resonant tone. The Martin used to use a "Mortise and Tenon" neck joint; they have since upgraded to a "simple dovetail" (thereby basically admitting they think a Dovetail is superior, or at least that their customers do, and it is a good improvement over the M&T in my opinion). A "simple dovetail" is done entirely by a CNC machine and still includes a bolt the way the M&T did. Meanwhile, again, the Guild uses the traditional, hand-carved and hand-fitted Dovetail, much more labor intensive, again, done entirely in the USA, yet they still are able to charge less for the guitar.
The woods are essentially all the same between the Guild and Martin--everything is mahogany except the rosewood fretboard and bridge and the spruce bracing. The wood on the Guild is all of fantastic quality. Martin D-15Ms I've played have varied somewhat, but the wood is good there too
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