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    NGD: Guild M-20 (1958?)

    About a year ago I bought a 1974 Guild F-20 and I quickly fell in love with that little guitar. The F-20 is extremely resonant with "sustain for days" and a tone that sits somewhere right in that super vague land between mellow and bright.

    And now this gem arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I'm told that it's a 1958 Guild M-20. Tone-wise, it's much brighter than the F-20 and I'm actually surprised (in a good way) at the chunkiness of the neck. It's thicker than the F-20 but I find both quite comfortable.

    Anyway, I hope to spend a lazy Sunday on my couch switching back and forth between the 2. Happy Sunday to all, and good pickin'. (I need to figure out the picture links.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JethroTech View Post
    About a year ago I bought a 1974 Guild F-20 and I quickly fell in love with that little guitar. The F-20 is extremely resonant with "sustain for days" and a tone that sits somewhere right in that super vague land between mellow and bright.

    And now this gem arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I'm told that it's a 1958 Guild M-20. Tone-wise, it's much brighter than the F-20 and I'm actually surprised (in a good way) at the chunkiness of the neck. It's thicker than the F-20 but I find both quite comfortable.
    Welcome to the M+F20 club! I’m jealous of your ghost label. Interesting to see the mill marks on the inside of the back; nowadays, a lot of boutique builders are so concerned with finishing inside the box, but I’m still not sold on any sonic benefits.

    I think what makes the M20 sound brighter, is the way the mahogany top resonates and which overtones predominate. I hear it as a purer sound, with a very strong fundamental pitch, while the F20’s spruce top allows more of the upper overtones through, giving it a warmer tone.

    I should really do some detailed analysis sometime on it. *thinking*
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    Wow how cool ! Even the saw marks in the wood pure awesomeness! :)

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    Love it! A birth year for me, but your guitar is in better condition!

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    You lucky dawg!...enjoy!
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    Cool! Surprised a mahogany top is brighter than spruce.

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    Wow!! What a great guitar, JT!! Congratulations! Play it in good health!
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    very nice, congrats and enjoy! that ghost label would put it right in 1959. If they left one digit (zero) out of the serial number it would also be 1959 (10098 or 10980 instead of 1098).

    is there a serial number on the back of the head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavuser View Post
    ....... is there a serial number on the back of the head?
    No, not during this particular period!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavuser View Post
    very nice, congrats and enjoy! that ghost label would put it right in 1959. If they left one digit (zero) out of the serial number it would also be 1959 (10098 or 10980 instead of 1098).

    is there a serial number on the back of the head?
    Hi, NoŚno serial on the headstock on this one. Just the 4-digits written on the label.

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