Guild D-55 Natural

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  • Regular price $3,299.00


First introduced in 1968 as a special-order top-of-the-line model, the D-55 was so well-received that Guild added it into the regular production line by 1974. Famously played by Tommy Smothers on the Smothers Brothers Show in the 1960s, the D-55 grew in both popularity and longevity over the decades, finding homes in the hands of more contemporary artists like Waylon Jennings, Billie Joe Armstrong, and David Nail. The most anticipated return of a Guild acoustic to date, the 2017 Guild D-55 is back and better than ever.

The D-55 remains true to all the premium appointments of its 1968 predecessor, including a AAA Sitka spruce top, solid Indian Rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and nitrocellulose finish. Internal refinements include scalloped Adirondack bracing as well as an improved dovetail neck-joint, hand fit to make this generation of D-55 the lightest, loudest, and best-sounding yet.

The D-55 showcases Guild’s most recognizable headstock which is fully bound and features the Guild “Peak and Shield” inlay combination over a figured ebony overlay. The matching ebony fingerboard is also fully bound and inlayed with Guild’s iconic abalone/pearl “V-Blocks” and multi-line “railroad track” purfling on the bass and treble sides. The D-55’s fingerboard is set on an all-mahogany neck with beautiful walnut center seam running the length of the heel to headstock. The D-55’s nitro finish is available in natural or Antique Burst and is hand sprayed for minimum thickness and maximum resonance that will only get better with age. An LR Baggs pickup system is available as an option, and each guitar includes a had signed certificate of authenticity and ships Guild’s Premium humidified hardshell case.

 

specifications

body:

Body Top Solid Sitka spruce
Body Back Solid Indian rosewood
Body Sides Solid Indian rosewood
Body Shape Dreadnought
Bracing Scalloped Adirondack spruce
Rosette Abalone and ABS Ring
Finish Gloss Nitrocellulose in Natural
Body Depth Upper Bout 4″ / 101.6mm
Body Depth Lower Bout 5″ / 127mm
Body Length 20″ / 508mm
Body Width Lower Bout 16″ / 406.4mm
Body Width Upper Bout 11 5/8″ / 295.3mm
Body Binding White ABS
Purfling Black and White ABS

neck:

Neck Material Mahogany with Walnut Center Strip
Scale Length 25 5/8″ / 650.9mm
Nut Width 1 11/16″ / 43mm
Nut Material Bone
Neck Binding White ABS
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 12″ (305 mm)
Fingerboard Inlays MOP and Abalone V-Blocks
# of Frets 20
Fret Size Medium
Headstock Binding White ABS with Black and White Purfling
Tuning Machines Gotoh SE700 Open Gear in Gold with Butterbean Buttons, 15:1 Ratio
Hardware Finish/Plating Gold-plated
Truss Rod Dual Action
Truss Rod Wrench 4mm Allen Key

features:

Bridge Ebony
Saddle Compensated Bone
Bridge Pins Bone
Strings Coated Phosphor Bronze Light .012-.053
Case or Gig Bag Guild Premium Humidified Archtop Wood Case
Endpin Ivory Colored Plastic
Pickguard Tortoise Shell
Electronics L.R. Baggs Element with Volume and Tone Control