1965 Guild M-20

This is a vintage 1965 Guild M-20 small body flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number AH-235, is in very nice, 100% all original condition, and includes a non-original Guild hard case. The Guild M-20 was famously pictured with Nick Drake on the cover of his masterpiece album Bryter Layter. Not only did Daniel Lanois loan his personal mid-’60s Guild M-20 to Neil Young for both recording and live performance, but it is widely considered to be the best small-body entirely mahogany guitar. As simple as it may appear, the M-20′s petite size, with an innately lighter projection, is perfectly complemented by the darker tonality inherent in a completely mahogany construction. And it is this perfected balance that results in the M-20 being considered the absolute best within its class. It is warm yet clear, with a uniquely musical voice. It is generally preferred over the Martin 0-17, the Gibson B-15 (and B-25/LG-2/LG-3 for that matter), and other miscellaneous American-made models of similar stature.

This ’65 Guild M20 features: mahogany top/back/sides, a 1-piece mahogany neck, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, the “peaked” Guild headstock decal, Waverly 3-on-a-side tuning machines, a plastic headstock veneer with a metal truss rod cover, a rosewood bridge, and a black Guild hard case with blue interior.

Absolutely issue-free, with no cracks, no breaks, no repairs, and no modifications, this example is in excellent, well-preserved, cosmetic condition. Since the Guild M-20 was generally marketed as a student/budget instrument, it is rare to see one in collector condition, with no signs of abuse or improper storage. The bridge is perfectly intact, with no lift, and without having affected the structural integrity of the top in the slightest. The neck is perfectly straight, the truss rod works, and the neck angle is fine. The action is good, though it is not the lowest, and that generally seems to be the case. But keep in mind, it does not need a neck reset, and still retains the original neck angle.

The guitar sounds fantastic, and is really quite compatible with all types of playing styles and techniques. Great for simple strumming, while also particularly nice for finger-picking, this an all-around beautiful guitar both for usual playing, as well as, professional studio recording.