1971 Guild D-40 Dreadnought Guitar

This Westerly-made D-40 is a nice old box. It's definitely got that D-18-style cut and drive in its voice and has a bit more of the velvety low-end Martin rumble that some of the '70s-era Guild dreadnoughts lack. It's a good, punchy guitar.

My friend Wayne brought it in -- he has too many dreadnoughts -- and so it's here for consignment. Someone tried to shore-up higher action by installing a Bridge Doctor... which I removed right away. It just needed the usual stuff to get it back to playing right -- a neck reset, fret level/dress, and saddle-work. It's now playing spot-on and easy and sounds quite aggressive when pushed.

This one's also in great shape, too, with pickwear around the soundhole being its worst offense to the eyes. 

Repairs included: neck reset, fret level/dress, saddle-slot widening, 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: medium C

Board radius: ~12"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-lower

Scale length: 25 5/8"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 15 5/8"

Body depth: 4 7/8"

Weight: 4 lbs 6 oz

Condition notes: it's clean throughout, pretty much, save the usual light wear and tear to the finish with an old guitar that's been played. There's a small pickguard-shrink hairline crack to the side of the pickguard (high E area) that's been filled and is no issue. The saddle slot has been widened and a bigger bone saddle is in place (that corrected intonation issues). There's a pearl dot on the bridge's back end where a bolt for the Bridge Doctor was located. There's a fair amount of pickwear at the soundhole edge. All the hardware appears original. The heel cap is a replacement, though, that I made from old celluloid -- the original was crumbled.

It comes with: its original hard case.