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Guild D-55 (2008)


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Top Wood: Sitka spruce
Back and Sides Wood: Indian rosewood 
Width at Nut: 1.69"
Bracing Pattern: X-braced
Scale Length: 25.5" 
Frets to Body: 14
Fingerboard and Bridge Wood: Ebony
Body Binding: Guild Tacoma classic white and black multi-layer
Rosette: Abalone multi-ring
Headplate Material: Ebony
Headstock Inlay / Logo: Guild logotype with shield logo
Neck Binding: Guild Tacoma classic white and black multi-layer
Neck Shape: Rounded C
Fingerboard Side Dots: 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, and 17 
Fingerboard Inlay: Abalone and mother of pearl at frets listed above
Pickguard: Tortoise
Tuners: Grover gold closed-back
Electronics: None
Case: Original hard shell case
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Tacoma-era Guilds are highly regarded guitars, standing up to high end Martins and Gibsons of the same era, and this 2008 Guild D-55 certainly lives up to those high expectations. The D-55 is an outstanding dreadnaught with elaborate inlay patterns at the soundhole and on the fretboard, designed to compete with the Martin D-45 in both sound and style, with a glamorous two-piece rosewood back and a spruce top. It has been very lightly played by its one previous owner, and has opened up some, but still maintains much of the crispness of a new guitar.

The upshot of its low mileage is that this D-55 is in very good condition, with almost nothing in the way of pick marks, scuffs, or dents in the top. There is a moderate amount of very fine checking in the finish on the top that is common among Guild guitars of this age, but nothing that impacts the playability, sound, or durability of the instrument. This checking is fine enough that it's rendered invisible in our photos of the guitar, and under most circumstances, can't be seen. The set-up is very nice, and conducive to bluegrass flatpicking. Included in the price is the original hard shell case.