VINTAGE 1963 Guild M-20 Mahogany Acoustic Guitar w/ Original Hard Case, USA
Introducing the Guild M-20: Embrace a Timeless Icon
Discover the captivating allure of the Guild M-20, a guitar forever intertwined with the legendary singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Featured prominently on the cover of his revered 1971 album, Bryter Layter, this instrument embodies a classic charm that resonates with both musicians and aficionados alike. Immerse yourself in its rich heritage and experience the extraordinary craftsmanship of the M-20.
Crafted to Perfection
Originally introduced as Guild's Economy M-20 in 1958, this guitar holds a significant place in the brand's history. In 1967, it became the first model produced in Guild's new Westerly, Rhode Island factory. The concert-sized M-20 boasts a mahogany top, back, sides, and neck, offering a timeless elegance that captivates the eye. Its refined simplicity made it an ideal choice for training new artisans, becoming the foundation for Guild's more intricate models.
A Coveted Vintage Treasure
Recognized as the "Nick Drake guitar," the M-20 has attained legendary status among collectors and enthusiasts. Its association with the renowned musician has elevated its desirability, making it one of Guild's most sought-after vintage steel-string guitars. The '50s models, in particular, are rare gems, known for their delicate construction compared to later iterations. Despite its collectible value, the M-20 remains a surprisingly affordable option, providing access to the coveted allure of well-aged tonewoods.
Uncompromising Craftsmanship Meets Affordability
Embrace the enchantment of the 1963 Guild M-20, where craftsmanship and value unite harmoniously. This revered model presents a remarkable opportunity to delve into the resonant tones of vintage solid-wood guitars without breaking the bank. Remarkably priced, it rivals the cost of many contemporary American-made instruments, delivering the enduring tonal character and charm that only a well-aged instrument can offer.
Indulge in the Spirit of Nick Drake and the timeless magic of the Guild M-20.
Immerse yourself in its storied legacy and appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship that sets it apart. With its undeniable allure and affordable price point, this iconic guitar invites you to experience the artistry and timeless appeal of the M-20.
Our 1963 for sale is in player-grade condition with nicks, dings, and playwear on the sides and back. The guitar has been fully hydrated and restrung with D'addario Custom Light strings, and the saddle is as low as it can go without compromising the string break angle. The action sits at 3mm at the 12th fret, so the guitar is very playable up to the 7th... after that, you're a little bit in the weeds as they say. There is wear on the back at the seam in three places, but no clear signs of a repair and there is no wood separation (which is very common with these, so that's a good thing). The neck joint is solid with no signs of compromise, and though the headstock overlay has shrunk slightly, there is no peeling or cracking. The tuning keys are original.
What makes this extra special is the original hard shell case. You almost NEVER see these with an M-20 since they were a student guitar... people usually opted to get the chipboard case and save the money. This case is in great shape considering it's 60 years old. The keyed latch is missing, but the other three close and hold solid. The handle is original and solid, as are the hinges. The case lining is good shape too with no tears or stains.
Tonally, this little guitar is a great example of how vintage Guild acoustics sound so balanced. This guitar would record GREAT because of how even the strings sound whether played softly or loudly. The articulation with a pick is remarkable, and the low end is rich but not booming: again, balance. The 1 5/8ths nut width makes this an easy guitar to play. Don't wait, these don't come up at this price and include an original hard case often. Call with questions, we're here to help!
Body: solid mahogany - 18" long, 4" deep, 14" lower bout, 39" overall length
Neck: solid mahogany
Fingerboard: Brazillian rosewood
Bridge: Brazillian rosewood