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    M-20 LTG Member Review

    How long have you owned the M-20:
    Year & specific model:
    Purchased new or used:
    Price paid:

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality
    Looks
    Projection
    Bass
    Mids
    Highs
    Sustain
    Playability/comfort
    Dependability
    Fingerstyle
    Flatpick
    Strum

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor):

    Favorite Strings (one selection only):

    Would you buy another if lost/sold:

    Overall Assessment:

    Most Appreciated Characteristic:
    Least Appreciated:
    Favorite M-20 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments:
    Scratch Sends...

    '88 JF30-12
    '66 Gibson B25-12
    '08 Little Martin (Maddie's Guitar)
    '10 Santa Cruz OM/PW
    '13 Collings OM2H
    '14 Yamaha LS16


    "I'd rather believe in God & die to discover He doesn't exist, than disbelieve and die to find out He does"

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_mu ... dID=867145

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    How long have you owned the M-20: About six months
    Year & specific model: 1999 M-20
    Purchased new or used: Used
    Price paid: About $500 including shipping

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality: 8 Hey; it's a Guild
    Looks: 7.5 No bling, but a unique woody, all mahogany look of it's own. I like it...
    Projection: 6 It is a small body guitar
    Bass: 5
    Mids: 6
    Highs: 7
    Sustain: 6.5
    Playability/comfort: 10 The perfect travel and songwriting guitar
    Dependability: 8
    Fingerstyle: 9.5
    Flatpick: 6.5
    Strum: 7.5

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): 'Good' following expert luthier repair of a small bout crack. Best mojo guitar I own.

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): JP PB Lights

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes; if I could find one.

    Overall Assessment: 9.0

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: Size/comfort and the all mahogany construction

    Least Appreciated: Nothing comes to mind

    Favorite M-20 Story/Moment: I had been looking for a travel/songwriting guitar for many months and finally bought a GAD F-20. Couldn't coax any soul out of it and sold it within two months of purchase. Continued looking for a Westerly F20 but couldn't find one within the prescribed budget and had nearly given up hope. Sandy (twocorgis) surprised me with a call last February stating he had found an early M20 with mojo. It needs some minor repair, he said, but it is otherwise a nice guitar and priced under $500. I never dreamed I would come upon an M20; a Guild model I had long lusted for. We traced the unlisted serial number through Hans and found out it was a 1999 repro which was initially disappointing, but I got over it quickly. The M20 was the perfect fit for my needs. Sandy's luthier was awesome and made the repairs and setup that gave 'Mojo' the sound I was looking for. I love this thing. It has already traveled thousands of miles and been played around many campfires. At home, 'Mojo' hangs on the wall in the study, immediately available as the go-to guitar when songwriting inspirations strike.

    Other observations/comments: I'm a happy camper....

    Last edited by Scratch; 08-08-2013 at 04:44 PM.
    Scratch Sends...

    '88 JF30-12
    '66 Gibson B25-12
    '08 Little Martin (Maddie's Guitar)
    '10 Santa Cruz OM/PW
    '13 Collings OM2H
    '14 Yamaha LS16


    "I'd rather believe in God & die to discover He doesn't exist, than disbelieve and die to find out He does"

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_mu ... dID=867145

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    Glad to hear that you're still happy with "Mojo", Ken. It was my pleasure uniting the two of you!
    Sandy

    '59 X175AB, '68 SFII Bass (Green), '73 D50NT, '82 Mark V, '87 Pilot SB602M, '88 Pilot SB602M, '10 F512NT,
    '11 F50ce Std (Sunburst) '13 R30S (Resonator), '13 B54ce Std Bass, '13 Orpheum Jumbo Prototype

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by twocorgis View Post
    Glad to hear that you're still happy with "Mojo", Ken. It was my pleasure uniting the two of you!
    Thanks again, Sandy. Love that guitar....
    Scratch Sends...

    '88 JF30-12
    '66 Gibson B25-12
    '08 Little Martin (Maddie's Guitar)
    '10 Santa Cruz OM/PW
    '13 Collings OM2H
    '14 Yamaha LS16


    "I'd rather believe in God & die to discover He doesn't exist, than disbelieve and die to find out He does"

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_mu ... dID=867145

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    Great story guys. The guitar looks nice as well.

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    How long have you owned the M-20: bought it new, sold it within a few months
    Year & specific model:1999 M-20
    Purchased new or used: new
    Price paid:

    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 9
    Looks 9
    Projection 2
    Bass
    Mids
    Highs
    Sustain 2
    Playability/comfort 6 - the binding was rather sharp
    Dependability
    Fingerstyle
    Flatpick
    Strum

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor):

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): couldn't find a set to make it happy

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: no way

    Overall Assessment: Easily the most disappointing guitar I ever purchased. The poor little thing was braced as heavily as a dreadnought. It was a toneless disaster.

    Most Appreciated Characteristic:
    Least Appreciated:
    Favorite M-20 Story/Moment:

    Other observations/comments:

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