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First Look: Guild D-50 Standard

Guild USA D-50 Standard Demo | First Look

The company's most iconic dreadnoughts lives again in American-built form—it’s both balanced and a cannon.

Since the 1950’s the Guild name has been synonymous with premium acoustic guitars that embody a rich heritage of USA-made craftsmanship. As the brand celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2023, Guild has released revamped versions of its classic D-40, D-50, and F-40 models in its all-new Standard Series.

The new Standard Series joins Guild’s USA product line just under its flagship 55 and Traditional models. The series offers players a blend of vintage appointments and modern aesthetic. Tailor-made for musicians seeking a contemporary guitar that exudes sophistication while embracing a tasteful simplicity distinct from the company’s premium lineup. Featuring dot neck inlays and unbound headstocks, the series also introduces Guild’s innovative Vintage Gloss finish - an ultra-thin nitrocellulose application with both satin and gloss qualities that highlight the natural beauty of the tonewoods. With an even and smooth texture, the Vintage Gloss is hand-sprayed and gives each guitar a worn-in vintage feel, all the while maintaining a strikingly contemporary and polished look.

The Standard Series not only reintroduces Guild’s legendary D-50, an iconic Spruce and Rosewood dreadnought that once stood as a cornerstone in the company's offerings until its production transitioned to California in 2014 but also resurrects it as the D-50 Standard. This revival fills a crucial Rosewood niche just beneath Guild's flagship D-55.

All Standard Series models feature an East Indian Rosewood bridge and fingerboard, premium 20:1 open-gear tuners, and hand-cut bone nut and saddle. Timeless appointments include a 60s style rosette, tortoiseshell pickguard, white ABS binding, and Guild’s peak logo inlaid on the headstock. All models are hand made in California and include a hand-signed, numbered certificate of authenticity, and ship with a Guild archtop wood case with a built-in Humicase® humidification system.