1965 Guild F-30 000-Size Guitar

Ah, the venerable F-30. Folks like these. There's reasons why... and the best ones are from the Hoboken years like this fella. This has all of the stuff you want out of a 000-style guitar: clarity, punch, fullness, and quick playability. It can do some of that dreadnought-like flatpicking but also works well for fingerpicking and chord-thwacking. I find that these Guild copycats of Martin 000-18s tend to have a bit more aggressive mids and a more-direct sound to them. They're also loud. The Martins usually have more velvet and scoop in the mids.

This box had some OK work done to it in the past but I went through it again and now it's good to go and a nice player. Its back and sides look a little rough but overall it's in good order.

Repairs included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, new bone saddle, setup, etc.

Made by: Guild

Model: F-30

Made in: Hoboken, NJ, USA

Serial number: AI-339

Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany

Bracing type: x

Bridge: rosewood

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

Tone: clean, punchy, good mids, full

Suitable for: folk, country, rock, country-blues, some flatpicked lead, fingerpicking

Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w-12 lights

Neck shape: slim C

Board radius: 12"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium

Scale length: 24 11/16"

Nut width: 1 5/8"

String spacing at nut: 1 3/8"

String spacing at bridge: 2 1/16"

Body length: 19 3/8"

Body width: 15 1/4"

Body depth: 4 1/4"

Weight: 4 lb 0 oz

Condition notes: there's a cluster of small repaired cracks on the lower-bout-treble-side (pictured). There's also a shorter, old repair to a hairline crack on the back, treble lower bout. The treble side panel has roughed-up/slightly wonky surface finish. Perhaps it was oversprayed or got hot? The back has the same issue -- it almost looks like it was lightly steel-wooled to clean it or someone oversprayed it in small spots and then buffed it not-so-great. The front's finish is original and in good shape but shows a discoloration (from sweat, maybe?) to the bass side of the soundhole. The instrument appears to be all-original save its saddle. In a past neck reset job, the fretboard extension was shimmed-up.

It comes with: a presumably-original hard case in good order. Green lining!


John Dupree said…
I am looking for one like this. Should one come up, let me know.