• Guild M-20 (old style headstock)


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1958 to 1973

GUILD produced the M-20 between 1958 and 1973. It was an all mahogany version of the folk favourite the Guild F-20 Troubador. The small concert-sized M-20 was one of the lowest priced Guild flat top acoustics of the period - it was even labeled the "Economy M-20" in the Guild 1963 catalog. This all mahogany body gave the M-20 a distinct tone: warm, dark and with note separation perfect for fingerstyle playing. From 1958 to 1961 the M-20 had the old (Gibson) style headstock - this was changed to the new Guild style in 1962.

Nick Drake is shown holding a Guild M-20 on cover of his 1970 album Bryter Layter, perhaps encouraged by this association with Nick Drake Guild reissued the M-20 in 1998 for a while and also recently issued a similar M-120 model.

Guild describe the M-20 as follows in their 1963 catalog:

A fine quality concert size guitar at an attractive budget price, made possible only by the most modern production facilities in Guild's enlarged plant. This lowest-price Guild offers most unusual value.  Has the fine construction and features for which Guild is famous, including Guild's fast-action mahogany neck with adjustable steel neck rod, finest rosewood fingerboard and pearl position markers. Honduras mahogany body is 13.75" wide by 18" long by 4.125" deep. Tortoise color pick guard, rosewood bridge, nickel-silver frets. Equipped with non-slip tuning pegs and Guild Strings.

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Body back materialmahogany body back
Body sides materialmahogany body sides
Body styleconcert size body
Body top materialmahogany body top
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Soundholeround soundhole


Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Neck width1.625 inches wide at nut
Number of frets20 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Bridgerosewood bridge


Fingerboard inlay materialmother of pearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Prices (2)

1959$2000goodRichard cruz
2017$2200wornHad some bellying and a split up the center on front and back repaired. Sounds amazing still.

Reviews (1)

GUILD M-20 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 4 (1 vote)
This guitar sounds amazing for it's size. 1958 Ghost Label. Best guitar of this size I've ever played. Also own a recent M20 and this one BLOWS IT AWAY or tone and shear acoustic volume. While both sound great, this one is in a class of it's own. Like this better than my Gibson L2 American Eagle as well.

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