1979 Guild F-40 Bluegrass
This is a 1979 Guild F-40 Bluegrass concert style acoustic guitar. The ‘70s saw the F-40 model receiving a name change from “Valencia” to “Bluegrass”. They also saw a downturn in profits for Guild with the decreasing popularity of the acoustic driven folk genre. But despite diminishing quality from other acoustic giants like Gibson and Martin, Guilds from this era are remembered well, having maintained their quality through the decade. This guitar is definitely no exception, with a nice tight-grained spruce top and gorgeous blond colored maple back and sides, all put together nice and solid. The nitro lacquer is checking on the top and on the back of the neck, but this only adds to the vintage look of this beauty. The maple gives this guitar a nice tightness of tone, and the timbre overall is punchy and glassy; a real stand out to be sure! This guitar is set-up with a nice, low action and is super comfortable to play. Aside from the checking, the biggest cosmetic issue is a crack in the top at the rosette, where the pickguard ends just under the high e string. After an inspection from our in-house luthier, it was determined that a repair was not necessary and would end up ruining the pick-guard and causing more trouble. The board does move with finger pressure, but only the last half inch or so, so there is no structural damage to worry about. Other than the crack, the only other issue would be the missing truss rod cover, otherwise the instrument is all original and in great playing shape! Ships in its original hard-shell case.
Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
6/10 (good condition) 1979 Made in the USA
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