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Guild M-120E Acoustic Electric - Natural, Electronics Reviews

3.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • Ellie Cutler
    from United States November 24, 2014Music Background:
    pro musician

    love the M-120E!

    I'm hitting the road in an RV and had to downsize from a guild dread. I was blown away by this little beauty. Great size (for me), and fingerpicks like a dream. Also holds up to flatpicking, though I would use a thinner pick than w/the D40. The sound is sweet and the guitar is FUN TO PLAY!!! Happily surprised - I wasn't expecting so much sound, and such a nice sound, from a GAD. Thanks, Guild!

  • Mark Bandfield
    from Oregon September 19, 2014Music Background:
    Blues, rock & country curmudgeon

    Tasty wood

    This is a sweet little OM, I wasn't sure if I'd like the all mahogany, but I do - very much so. I also have a maple back/sides-spruce top 12-string jumbo, and a rosewood b&s-spruce top 6-string dreadnought. I was looking for a very different voiced guitar, something more focused -not so rangey as a jumbo or a dread.

    This little doll is great for Sunday afternoon noodling, or as a darker woody voice in a Friday night 4-pc ensemble, or a Saturday country or blues jam session. The latter categories is where the Guild has excellent communication abilities. Pull out your best Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, the Civil Wars, the Decembrists, Sara Jarosz stylings and the M-120E will nail it. It has a tight punchy voice that belies its small as a minute size. And it is rather ergonomic in regards to the guitar-human interface that I wasn't prepared for, but love. Now the other place this little bugger shines is swampy Delta blues. I slacken the strings a bit and slide a small metal screw driver under the stings@the but and get my brass slide and conjure up my best Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf imitations. Again, I wasn't prepared for how adapt the Guild is in these circumstances.

    It's not a lot of money, but it delivers tons of enjoyment. One could easily spend 2.5 Xs the money and get noticeably less tone & return on their investment.

    Plugged in to an amp it delivers an acceptable tone for small venues; mic it with a Sure 57, or better yet some steam-punk goodness from Ear Trumpet Labs and it sounds full and sweet with very clear definition.

    I am one of those guitarists that cannot leave well enough alone: so I sanded to neck slightly with steel wool then buffed it using carnuba wax & a buffing wheel to make the neck faster because it's a tad slow with the factory satin finish. I also replaced the black pick guard with a tortoise shell one, change the strings to Cleartone, & lastly changed out the OEM plastic bridge pins with Martin ebony pins. Visually the new pick guard lends an old time look to it, circa 1920s-30s. The new bridge pins tune the tone slightly warmer. I have to say this is a go-to kind of acoustic, and it even comes with a nice factory Guild case! Which is becoming rare at this price point.

  • james c terrell
    from plano texas July 11, 2014Music Background:

    guild m-120

    too small, not a great sound at all. seagull s6 is much better!

  • Roger Hausmann
    from Tennessee USA March 17, 2014Music Background:
    Weekend player, producer

    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!

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