March 29th, 2012, 03:08 AM
I am looking to buy a Guild acoustic,the American made F20.I have been reading
alot online about the GAD Guild F20 and GAD m120.What do you people think
of guilds GAD models?I am wanting a small body with narrow nut and short scale
acoustic.Is the american Guild worth the $1000 extra? I play old time country /
delta style fingerpicking blues most of the time.
March 29th, 2012, 09:17 AM
I don't know about F20 compared to the GAD M120. However I can tell you that I had a GAD30R (now called the F130R) that I liked a lot. I liked it so much that I bought the American-made F30R. When I got the F30R, I was disappointed and actually preferred the GAD-30R. I now have the GAD and sold the F-30.
My experience may just be with the two particular guitars and not applicable to anything else. However, my experience tells me not to assume that the American made are better. One thing to consider is that a used American-made Guild is not going to be $1000 more than a new GAD model. Guild are great guitars but they do not hold their value as well as Martin or Taylor, so there will be some great deals out there.
March 29th, 2012, 09:54 AM
While I am a big proponent of the Guild GAD's, I am rather disappointed with the new ones in the line. I have heard rave reviews of the new M120, though that guitar just does not suit me (have tried one).
I think, if there is a new American M20, it is a new offering this year.
The new "100-Series" Guilds feature Tusq sourced saddles and nuts, and Gover-look-alike tuners. The previous GAD series used bone saddles and nuts and real Grover Sta-tites (the new generation not the horrible old ones).
You really must heaft a USA made Guild and an Asian made Guild side by side and then you may find the difference. I had a GAD30PCE that I loved, but no way was it the same as an American build...
Good luck with your search!