1967 Guild D-40 Dreadnought Guitar

A customer originally sent this cool old Hoboken-made Guild D-40 up to get lefty-fied for himself but then changed his mind while hunting other gear. His loss! This one's a boomer and sounds quite a bit like a D-18 -- but it's a bit punchier in the upper-mids and has a little less velvet. The Hoboken-made guitars get a bit of a price hike because they're generally built a bit lighter and more responsive than the Westerly, RI products.

This particular guitar has been around the block -- it has a bunch of repaired, longer, hairline cracks on the back and a few repaired top ones, too. In addition, it's been refretted in recent memory. Despite all that, I needed to do my usual (neck reset, saddle work, fret level/dress, etc.) to get it playing spot-on. Now that it's fixed, it plays like a champ and projects a lot better, too.

For the plugged-in player it has two jacks -- one is an old '70s Barcus Berry pickup (that has a ground hum) and is located at the 3/4 position on the side. The other is a fresh K&K Pure Mini (3-sensor) acoustic pickup and that sounds fabulous, as usual. I could remove the Barcus and fill its jack-hole if desired.

Repairs included: neck reset, fret level/dress, saddle-slot recut/conversion to drop-in saddle, new bone saddle, setup.

Top wood: solid spruce

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 C

Board radius: ~12"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-jumbo

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 15 3/4"

Body depth: 4 7/8"

Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz

Condition notes: the worst of it is a cluster of long hairline cracks on the back. These were all cleated and sealed in the past. The top center seam was also cleated/sealed and a hairline crack to the side of it was done as well. In recent memory it got a refret but the job was so-so and so I needed to level/dress the frets and now they're good to go and feeling nice. The saddle is now a drop-in bone one I made for it because the original saddle slot was mislocated for intonation, anyhow. The tuners are not original but are decent Guild-branded units. The bridge pins are fancier newer StewMac-style stuff. Both the old Barcus Berry and K&K pickups are definitely not original, but the K&K sounds great. Aside from all this, the guitar has the usual scuffs, scratches, pickwear, etc. you'd expect of an older player's box.

It comes with: an original hard case in good order.