Guild OM-120 Orchestra 6-String Acoustic Guitar

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$669
Guild OM-120 Orchestra 6-String Acoustic Guitar

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 94/100 is based on analysis of 50+ 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.

At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000.

There's just something about the quality of Guild guitars that make them sought after, even by artists who aren't their endorsers.

A good example of which is the Guild OM-120, an all-mahogany orchestra profile body guitar.

The OM-120 features an all-solid African mahogany body, which gives it a very earthy appearance. This choice of wood works well with its orchestra (OM) body shape to give it a warm and somewhat trebly tone.

The most distinct feature of this guitar is its headstock emblem which is based on what the company used back in the '60s.

Specs and playability-wise, the guitar does not steer too far away from familiar territory, with its vintage-profile 25.5" scale C-shape neck, topped with a fretboard crafted from Indian rosewood.

Note that the nut width is a bit wider than normal at 1.75", but it is still within conventional territory, especially among OM style guitars.

Features:

  • Body Shape: Mid-sized Orchestra
  • Top: Solid African Mahogany
  • Back and Sides: Solid African Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss Polyurethane Natural
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C Shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"

Pros

Tone seems to be its biggest asset, which one user describes as sweet sounding, a good one word summary of how most owners perceive its tone. Appreciation for Guild's attention to detail is also a common theme among reviews, which applies to both playability and build quality.

Cons

While most users are happy with its warm tone, some feel that that the bottom end is a bit lacking, but this is to be expected especially when comparing with bigger guitars like dreadnoughts and jumbos. It's slightly wider nut can be a deal breaker for some, but getting familiar with it is not too hard given the quality of the neck. Also note that many OM guitars seem to adopt this wider nutwidth design.

Overall

With the Guild OM-120, you're getting premium all-solid wood specs at a more reasonable price tag, highly recommended.

At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

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