Guild DS-240 Memoir 6-String Acoustic Guitar


95 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

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Guild DS-240 Memoir
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The Guild DS-240 Memoir is a modern reproduction of the classic slope shoulder dreadnought acoustic.

This shape is known for having a more balanced overall tone, with a bit more midrange and less boominess compared to regular dreadnought.

For this reason slope shoulder dreadnoughts are loved by flat pickers, and is heavily used in folk and bluegrass.

The top of the DS-240 is crafted from solid spruce, supported by scalloped X bracing and laminate mahogany back and sides.

Together they form the sloped should shape with a gloss vintage sunburst finish that completes its traditional appeal.

Other features include C-shape mahogany neck, pau ferro fingerboard and bridge, NuBone nut and saddle.


  • Body Shape: Slope Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • Finish: Vintage Sunburst Gloss
  • Bridge: Pau Ferro
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C Shape
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16”
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"


Build quality is the most commended trait in reviews, owners are impressed with its craftsmanship and attention to detail, and they are pleased with its genuine old school appeal. Playability is another big factor in many of the high ratings it received, it is described as very easy to play and comfortable on the hands, some have even decided to store their more expensive acoustics to make the DS-240 their main instrument, some even decided to equip it with a pickup and preamp system so they could use it on stage. Experts at Acoustic Guitar Magazine are also impressed with its playability, stating that "The DS-240 felt immediately recognizable to me... it is especially fun and easy to dig into."
Finally, its fuller mids and low end is well loved by users and experts alike.


Not many complaints, aside from the usual out-of-the-box minor string action related issues, along with recommendations to immediately swap the strings out to a fresh set.


With its old school appeal, good craftsmanship, and comfortable playability, the Guild DS-240 Memoir is well worth taking a closer look.

This was previously on our recommended list for The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500 but was removed due to a price increase that put it above the $500 limit

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I've written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at my local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.