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Thread: NGD: Guild M-20 (1958?)

  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by swiveltung View Post
    Cool! Surprised a mahogany top is brighter than spruce.
    I agree with this comment, any time I see someone say their mahogany top is louder or brighter than their spruce top twin (M-20/F-20, D-25 flat mahogany/D-35&40...), I attribute it to different strings or possibly simply brand new strings.

    I have played them all, I'm no professional musician but all things equal, the mahogany top is warmer, mellower, sweeter, just a quieter guitar than the spruce top- seemingly, that is the whole point...and the reason M-20s are in such high demand these days (in conbonation with the M-20s other features such as size, scale etc...).

    Mahogany top D-25s are popular too, theres just a lot of them out there, and demand is a touch lower than the M-20. but people jump on those too. D-35s at the same price just sit online, it seems, with little interest.

    My guess is that since spruce is a soft wood, and mahogany is a hard wood, that all things equal the spruce top should be a lot louder and brighter (more movement and vibration response from the soundboard, than mahogany). A hardwood would respond less to the same variables than spruce, creating a mellower, warmer tone, *is my guess.

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    and Hans thanks for the info as always!! which particular time period are you referring to? 1959? that serial number is whakked

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    Thank you for all the comments so far. Hans, your knowledge and wisdom is always appreciated :) Also, Mavuser. Yes--I agree that it could be nothing more than a difference in strings. It just arrived yesterday and I have no idea what strings the previous owner has own it. I was just offering my initial impression. When I have some free time later this week I'm going to re-string both at the same time, same strings and then compare.

    In the meantime, The 20s...
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    Gassssssssss
    D-40 Std New Hartford 2012
    F-30NT Westerly 1974
    M-20 Hoboken 1968
    Yamaha FG-110
    D-50NT Westerly 1978 (unfortunately sold)

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    Oh man, those are two beautiful guitars. I'm very jealous.

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    In the meantime, The 20s...
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    very well played sir, welcome to the club


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    Haha.. We’re living parallel Guild lives:) Very nice guitars AND that amp!

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    And my pair.
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    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
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    Wow! Gorgeous. That F-20 looks very similar to mine.

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