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1979 Guild D40 in Sunburst Finish

1979 Guild D40 in Sunburst Finish


First introduced in 1963, the Guild D-40 was conceived to compete with Martin’s D-18, and was such a resounding success; it is still viewed to this day as one of Guild’s most revered models.  Sporting a Spruce Top and Mahogany Back and Sides, this all solid dreadnought definitely punches above its weight. 

Guild guitars of this vintage are known for a number of things, not the least of which is their remarkably solid construction.  In fact, the word “tank-like” often leaps to mind.  Normally, this would result in a muddy, inarticulate, guitar with a distinct lack of resonance.  In the case of Guild guitars of this vintage, it is quite the opposite.  While you can tell you’re holding a sturdy piece, it sings with a voice that belies its hardy build, with all the projection and sustain one could possibly hope for.

With excellent projection and bass response, this guitar is a true strummer’s delight.  Digging in with a more aggressive pick attack yields positive results with shimmering highs and a slight compression to the mid range.  However, one should not view this as a one trick pony.  In the hands of a fingerstyle player, the added volume and bass response synergistically come together to provide a very balanced, bass present sound, evocative of folk ballads of the late 1960s.  If you are a player that would be looking to cover a wide array of tonal bases, on an instrument that is tried and tested, allow this D40SB to pique your interest.



Cosmetic Condition:

This great sounding dread has seen quite a bit of playwear in its many years, and as such has acquired some blemishes.  First, there is a moderate amount of finish checking across the entire top, augmented by a series of scratches indicative of hard strumming.  There are a pair of blemishes in the lower bout, one at the butt, and one on the bass side that match a similar dent on the side at the neck joint on the treble side.  Additionally there are a series of small dents and dings across the entire back of the instrument.  With the above in mind, we would consider this guitar to be in GOOD CONDITION.

  • Dreadnought Body, Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Creme Body Binding
  • 4-Ply Top Purfling
  • 3-Ring Multi-ply Rosette
  • Gloss Sunburst Finish
  • Mahogany Neck
  • C Neck Carve
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Mother of Pearl Dot Inlays
  • Black Headstock Veneer with Pearloid Guild Logo
  • Gloss Neck Finish
  • Faux Tortoiseshell Pickguard
  • Rosewood Belly Bridge with Drop-in Saddle
  • 1 11/16” Nut Width
  • 25 1/2” Scale Length
  • Chrome Tuning Machines
  • Original Arched Top Case


Model D40SB
Serial Number(s) DC100027