Guild D-40 USA Dreadnought 6-String Acoustic Guitar


93 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

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Guild D-40 USA Dreadnought Natural

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Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 40+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Part of Guild's premium line of traditionally crafted guitars, the D-40 showcases what the brand is all about.

It is a modern recreation of the original D-40 from the '60s that up to this day are still highly revered and in-demand.

Continuing the legacy of its namesake, the current line of D-40s sports an all solid tonewood body, with its top crafted from solid Adirondack spruce, while solid mahogany is used for the back and sides. Supporting the top are scalloped Adirondack spruce bracings, which also improves resonance.

It also features bone nut and saddle, a mahogany neck, and a dovetail joint.

Cosmetic appointments include a tortoiseshell pickguard, binding and rosette, and it is wrapped in premium nitro finish to complete its classic feel and appearance.


  • Body Shape:
  • Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Solid African Mahogany
  • Finish: Nitro
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C Profile
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius:12"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 25.625"
  • Nut Width: 43mm


One user says that his Guild D-40 is a "dream to play", and his sentiment is shared by many users, including experienced guitarists who have owned the original D-40. There are also plenty of users who commend it for handling various playing styles, from hard picking to intricate plucking. Greg Cahill of Acoustic Guitar Magazine concludes his review of the Guild D-40 by saying, "Power, punch, clarity, and playability, the D-40 checks all the boxes for an impressive dreadnought."


There are a few owners who recommend restringing the D-40 as soon as possible to get it sounding at its best.


With its legacy and continued high ratings, this premium American made instrument is well worth the investment.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars.

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