Guild M-20 6-String Acoustic Guitar

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Guild M-20

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The Guild M-20 first appeared on one of our recommended lists in September 2021 and we are currently recommending it in our guides to Acoustic Guitars and Parlor Guitars.

In January 2022 we announced the results of our annual analysis of acoustic guitar brands - Guild ranked 2nd.

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Guild M-20

Guild is an acoustic guitar company that went toe to toe with the more established Martin brand back in the '60s. Now under Cordoba, Guild is back to producing vintage style acoustics like the M-20, the origins of which are from the same folk era where the brand built their reputation.

The M-20 is a modern reproduction of the original Guild M-20, which is often called as the "Nick Drake Guitar", because of its appearance in Nick's album Bryter Layter. If you're not familiar with Nick, you should look him up - his songwriting, singing and guitar playing earned him a following that is very much alive up to this day, many years after his early passing at 26 years old.

The Guild M-20 stays true to the original Nick Drake guitar, with an all-solid mahogany body, that gives it a mid-focused tone that works great for folk style music. Note that mahogany seems to be the trend in acoustic guitars, dominating conventional spruce top models in terms of ratings.

Having an all-solid wood body means that this guitar is very responsive, while its smaller concert shape further enhances the mids. The concert shape's narrow waist makes it more comfortable to play.

Speaking of comfort, this guitar comes with a 24.75" scale length neck, which is easier on the hands. But it has a wider than usual nut width of 1.75", allowing for more string spacing. Guild steered clear of cosmetics, leaving only essentials that give the M-20 its old school stripped-down appeal. Finish options include natural and vintage sunburst.

For those with budget constraints, Guild offers a China-made cheaper yet similarly spec'ed all-mahogany concert acoustic called the Guild M-120. You can read more about how it compares with the M-20 in this forum discussion.

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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.