Guild M-40 Troubadour 6-String Acoustic Guitar (Discontinued)


93 out of 100. Incorporating 10+ ratings and reviews.

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Guild M-40 Troubadour - Natural

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 10+ 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.

The Guild M-40 is a premium recreation of the Guild F-20 from the 1960's, featuring a smaller concert-size body with Guild's own bracing system.

This guitar features an all solid wood body, with solid African mahogany for the back and sides, and solid Sitka spruce for the top.

Concert size bodies are generally expected to have a warmer tone, and they're also usually lighter compared to dreadnoughts.

The guitar's curvy shape also makes it more comfortable to play, and look more pleasing.

Speaking of aesthetics, the Guild M-40 has a classic clean look, with vintage style rosette, bindings and '60s style tortoiseshell pickguard.

Other features include mahogany C-profile neck with 12" radius Indian rosewood fingerboard, Indian rosewood bridge, bone nut and bone saddle.


  • Body Shape: Concert
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Solid African Mahogany
  • Finish: Thin Satin Varnish
  • Bridge: Indian rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 304.8 mm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Nut Width: 44.45 mm


Experienced musicians and those who own old Guild acoustics are impressed with the overall quality of the M-40. Owners are pleased with its vintage style appearance, and they are also happy with its mid-range emphasized tone, which is described as warm yet clear. Some even compare it favorably to more expensive acoustics from other brands.


Aside from the price that limits its accessibility, there aren't many reported negatives about this guitar.


If you're in the market for a premium quality brand new yet vintage looking, playing and sounding acoustic guitar then check out the Guild M-40.

Unfortunately this model is no longer available new in stores, however there are highly rated alternatives which you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars.

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