Up for sale, a 1980 Guild D-50 Bluegrass Special dreadnought in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This premier Guild flattop was introduced in 1963, and the D-50 model has a broad appeal for open tunings, fingerpicking, DADGAD, and a variety of other applications. It features a solid Sitka spruce top, bookmatched Indian rosewood back and sides, and a solid mahogany neck capped by a genuine slab ebony fretboard. Tonally, this Guild offers ample projection and brightness, delivering lots of top end sparkle and a broad, detailed bass register. As big and bold-sounding as it was designed to be, this Guild weighs 5lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium depth C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and 1.010” at the 9th. The slab ebony fretboard features dot inlay and retains the stock slender fretwire. The frets are practically perfect, at full factory height with only a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock sports a shield truss rod cover with Guild chesterfield pearloid inlay, and the stock Guild-embossed Schaller tuners turn smoothly and provide excellent tuning stability.
On the body, the ebony bridge sits flush with the spruce top on all edges, and the saddle has plenty of height for future adjustment, with action currently sitting at 8/64" on the bass side and 6/64" on the treble side, measured at the 12th fret. Visible through the soundhole, the original Guild label is intact, noting production at Guild's Westerly, RI factory, with a handwritten serial number that matches the number imprinted on the back of the headstock.
Exceedingly well-kept and crack-free, the original nitro lacquer gloss finish shows no touchup or overspray, with light ambering on the spruce top. Cosmetically, this guitar is practically perfect; with wear limited to just one tiny ding on the top at the treble-side lower bout edge and a handful of faint finish scratches on the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.
The original black tolex hardshell case with blue plush interior and raised Guild badge is included.