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 2018 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.
|Body Top||Solid Sitka spruce|
|Body Back||Solid Indian rosewood|
|Body Sides||Solid Indian rosewood|
|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 Material||Mahogany with Walnut Center Strip|
|Scale Length||25 5/8″ / 650.9mm|
|Nut Width||1 11/16″ / 43mm|
|Neck Binding||White ABS|
|Fingerboard Radius||12″ (305 mm)|
|Fingerboard Inlays||MOP and Abalone V-Blocks|
|# of Frets||20|
|Headstock Binding||White ABS with Black and White Purfling|
|Tuning Machines||Gotoh SE700 Open Gear in Gold with Butterbean Buttons, 15:1 Ratio|
|Truss Rod||Dual Action|
|Truss Rod Wrench||4mm Allen Key|
|Strings||Coated Phosphor Bronze Light .012-.053|
|Case or||Guild Premium Humidified Archtop Wood Case|
|Endpin||Ivory Colored Plastic|