1969 Guild D-25 Dreadnought Guitar

I'm always a fan of Guild's '70s D-25s -- there's something about that mahogany-top thing on a Guild that's just perfect -- but this is the first D-25 from the Hoboken factory that I've played. I was, honestly, floored by how good this old box sounds. It doesn't hurt that it's pretty to look at as well.

Someone else had already done a neck reset on this guy before it came here for glorified setup work, so all I had to do was cleat a hairline crack in the top, level and dress the frets, and set it up. It's, of course, playing fast, now.

Compared to the more-common later D-25s, this guy feels less "stiff" in the left hand and the flat, solid-wood back definitely gives it more of a vintage dreadnought sound. The top bracing also seems to be a little lighter than the '70s-era D-25s. This all adds-up, of course, to a rounder and fuller tone. Gosh I love Hoboken Guilds...

Repairs included: fret level/dress, hairline crack repairs, setup.

Top wood: solid mahogany

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany

Bracing type: x

Bridge: rosewood

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

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

Neck shape: slim-medium D

Board radius: ~12"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 15 7/8"

Body depth: 4 3/8"

Weight: 4 lbs 3 oz

Condition notes: it's original with the exception of the saddle and the bridge pins. There are a couple of hairline cracks on the top and in the sides but all are repaired and tight. There's avereage light usewear/pickwear/handling-wear throughout but overall it looks nice and pretty clean. The Guild logo is almost entirely gone from the headstock from wear. The back of the neck has finish that's almost entirely sweated-off... so it's "naturally" speed-necked. The serial number -- OG 797 -- does not conform to any serialization data, but it has to be a '69 even though the OG numbers supposedly stopped around ~250 that year.