Hooked on All-Mahogany tone!
The Guild M-120E is a niche guitar, and not for everyone. The small body, light weight, short neck joined at the 14th fret all scream "Comfort". It's built solidly from Mahogany, with fingerboard and bridge made of Rosewood -this design yields a strong midrange tone with great 'projection'. The look of the guitar is a little unusual, but I didn't buy it for the looks. Sweetwater photos are always brutally honest: My guitar showed the typical 'pyjama stripes' of Mahogany online, but once I unpacked it, it was love at first sight (and strum). Live at a gig last weekend, the guitar sat very well with other (more trebly) Taylors and a vintage Martin. Even though the guitar is made in China, it is a genuine Guild and as well made as my vintage American DV-52 dreadnaught. Low points? Only one: The Fishman Sonitone pickup is a nice welcome addition and totally unobtrusive, but just barely sufficient. I'm glad the pickup is built-in, and to be frank: the instrument is well suited for blues picking, and this style of music doesn't call for a high-end, expensive pickup anyway. Don't buy this as your first guitar, but if you're looking for a gutsy, mid-range tone monster to supplement your high-end dreadnaught, this is the ticket for strumming and dead-easy picking alike. Fit, finish and playability: Superb!