A head turner of a guitar
I recently was given a brief tour of the Guild factory in New Hartford, CT. During that tour I noticed 2 of the Doyle Dykes signature guitars sitting in a rack waiting to be strung and set up. Of all the guitars sitting on the floor these two stood out for their sheer beauty. The DD signature is guitar artwork that has to be seen in person to appreciate. It is stunning.
Long story short, I owned one just a week later. Having played it for a few days now I would pronounce it worthy of its price tag. It's well balanced tonally with its strengths being on the high tones owing to its size and the fact that maple seems to favor the trebles. Regarding size, the DD is somewhat smaller than say a Taylor Grand Auditorium size; more compact, particularly in its top half. If you want more bass that the maple model offers, you might want to consider the model that features the rosewood back and sides. Playability is excellent and plugged in the DD has a rich sound with its Baggs pre-amp getting the job done nicely. Finish work on this guitar was impeccable. Flawless! I must mention that the description of "natural" for the color of the top is over-simplified. In fact, the top has a golden "retro" tint if you will, that makes it stand out in a crowd, for a very distinctive look. If you are insisting on the boom of comparably sized Martin (likely in mahogany or rosewood) you may wish to look elsewhere. But if you are fine with tonal balance across the fretboard, and want one head-turner of a guitar that will stand out in a crowd, check out the DD Signature. Guild still knows how to make a fine guitar!