Retrofret Stock # 7186. Guild F-20NT Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1967), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # AG-1604, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top; rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case. The often very fine sounding Guild flattops of the 1960's are surprisingly hard to find these days; now as then they represent one of the best bargains in vintage American flat tops. This is an early 1967 natural-top F-20, the smallest body size in the company's line up. The F-20 was the next model up from the all mahogany M-20 (famously regarded as the "Nick Drake" guitar) and is the same size and shape but with a spruce top. This is a smooth little finger-or-flatpicking guitar, with a vibrant midrangey sound, and also works very well as a strummed chord machine. This is an extremely well-built little guitar, much lighter in construction than 1970's Guilds and easily a match in sound for similar Martin offerings from the same era. The tuners are the Japanese-made strip style seen on many Guilds from this year, likely due to lingering supply issues. The guitar has survived with some moderate wear but no significant damage or repair. An extremely nice recording or gigging guitar, a nice example of one of the nicer small body flat tops of the 1960'sOverall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm.), 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This is a surprisingly loud and punchy sounding little guitar, with some typical wear to the top but overall a nice player. There are small dings and scuffs overall and some fairly heavy pickwear to the top just under the pickguard, through the finish in some spots. The soundhole edge has some wear below the strings, and there are some small chips in the finish on the back of the neck, and a couple of bigger chips or the back of the headstock tip. The guitar shows no cracks or repair, the bridge has been rounded down just a touch and the saddle has been lowered. This is not the absolutely cleanest F-20 we have had, but a very playable and good sounding one. Very Good + Condition.
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