Guild D-20 - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Mahogany Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Rosewood Fingerboard - Natural
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One of Guild's Original Dreadnoughts

This Guild D-20 6-string acoustic guitar marks Guild's return to the US-made model that was one of the first to roll off of the company's Westerly, Rhode Island, factory line in 1967. This stripped-down guitar boasts top, back, and sides constructed of solid mahogany. The D-20's dreadnought body ensures that the guitar's voice is powerful and warm. You'll enjoy plenty of low end with a great balance of highs and mids. The Guild D-20 6-string acoustic guitar offers vintage-style looks, feel, and tone.

Guild D-20 6-string Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • One of Guild's first dreadnought guitars
  • Straightforward mahogany construction
  • Powerful dreadnought body
One of Guild's first dreadnought guitars

The Guild D-20 6-string acoustic guitar is a modern version of the very first dreadnought model to ever be produced by Guild's Westerly, Rhode Island, factory in 1967. And it appropriately coincides with the reintroduction of US-manufactured instruments for Guild Guitars. Even many of the materials and machines used in the crafting of the D-20 acoustic guitars came from the original Westerly factory and were responsible for many of the company's earlier models. Sweetwater is proud to offer you this piece of Guild's history.

Straightforward mahogany construction

The D-20's neck, top, back, and sides are constructed entirely from solid mahogany. This tonewood was chosen for its centered tone that exudes warmth without ever becoming muddy and clarity that never sounds shrill. The rosewood fretboard and bridge further help to enhance the guitar's harmonic overtones, and the D-20's appearance is as warm and inviting as its tone. Minimal aesthetic appointments give the instrument a vintage look that works as beautifully onstage as it does around a campfire.

Powerful dreadnought body

The Guild D-20's dreadnought body construction is one of the most popular designs among flat-top acoustic guitars. Its larger width and depth enhance low-end frequencies for a warm tone that moves a lot of air. This extra power is ideal for single-note lines and strumming when you want the guitar's natural voice to really project. Whether you're a singer/songwriter who needs a great strummer for self accompaniment or a bluegrass picker wanting a warmer tone, the D-20 dreadnought may just be the guitar you're looking for.

Guild D-20 6-string Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • 6-string acoustic guitar built to vintage Guild specs
  • All mahogany construction offers a warm, balanced tone
  • Thin satin finish lets the wood vibrate freely
  • Minimal aesthetic appointments offer a vintage appearance
  • Bold-sounding dreadnought body
The D-20 proves why Guild is such a respected company in the guitar industry.

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Satin
Top Wood Solid Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Solid Mahogany
Body Bracing X-Scalloped
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape C profile
Radius 12"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Dot
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.6"
Tuning Machines Vintage style open-gear, 20:1 ratio
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/Bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16" lower bout, 11.75" upper bout
Body Depth 5" lower, 4" upper
Overall Length 42"
Strings Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 385-0200-821

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Amazing Guild

I have always been a fan of Guild Guitars. I was sad to hear of having to wait nearly 2 years for the arrival of American made Guilds. Well that has arrived and I got my D-20 about a week ago. I am very impressed with everything about it. The way it plays, and looks, OUTSTANDING!!!! The notes have a very noticeable separation, while the bass notes have a woody tone to them. I would like to congratulate Ren Ferguson and Guild on a job well done! I have found the "keeper"
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I was originally in the market for a Martin. I wanted either a D-18 or D-28. Dad has a D-28 and I really liked it...figured I wanted something along those lines. Well, 3k just wasn't in the budget, so I did some research and figured that this might be my best bet at the ~$ price point. I think I was sold after reading about Ren Ferguson and new Guild plant in California.This is a very well-built guitar with a great feel. The satin finish isn't the same thing as the nitro finish on the higher end guitars, but it looks and sounds great...just know that there is a difference. The fit and finish is wonderful. It plays like a guitar twice the price.Dad played it and said it feels just as nice as his Martin D-28. The tone is obviously different: The sitka spruce on a Martin D-18 or D-28 is brighter. But, there is something cool about the warmth of mahogany. It's not better or worse than a spruce top, it's just a different sound. I'd recommend this guitar anyone at any level. Well done Guild!

Best value in USA-made, all-solid, Guild D-20 vs Martin D-15M

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).In American guitars at the lowest price point, there are basically three sets I would tell people to look at. I'd of course tell people to try out the Martin 15 series. I'd also strongly suggest they check out the Gibson J-15, which comes in at the same price point as the Martin 15 series but has a spruce top and walnut back and sides (and a dovetail neck joint, by the way, scalloped bracing... it is fantastic). They are all wonderful guitars, but in my opinion, the Gibson J-15, Guild D-20, and Guild M-20, rule the bottom of the USA-made, all-solid acoustic guitar price point. And not just that, but the Guild D-20 comes in at a lower price than the Martin 15s or the Gibson. But there are no compromises with the Guild D-20. It stands toe to toe with the Gibson J-15 (both fantastic), costs less; and in my opinion, the Guild D-20 is arguably a better guitar than the Martin D-15M, and is undeniably a better value and made in a more traditional way.The Guild D-20 encapsulates the vintage American-made guitar. It is designed to be sold with as much value as possible, but there are no compromises. It is made with all the bells and whistles, just none of the bling.If I were to try to come up with anything negative to say about it, I would not be able to. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed unless they wanted bling, did not like mahogany, did not like big guitars, or wanted it to sound like a Martin or a Gibson, or wanted it to sound "modern". It is a very large (and large-sounding) guitar; it has no bling at all (other than the beautiful Guild logo and quite a fancy headstock); it encapsulates the very best of the mahogany and mahogany top sound; it sounds very much like a Guild and has an extremely vintage tone.If you are looking in this price point, you have to try the Guild D-20, M-20 (concert-sized version), and soon they will have spruce-topped versions called D-40 and M-40 if spruce is your thing (I don't know the price point, but I would imagine they'd be slightly more).
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Guild, Guild 6-string Acoustic Guitars