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1965 Guild F-47 Bluegrass Steel String Acoustic Guitar

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From the mid 1950’s to the mid 1960’s, guitars like this Guild F-47 came from Guild’s Hoboken, New Jersey plant. Introduced in 1963, the Guild F-47 Bluegrass model was aimed at the exploding folk and bluegrass boom.

The Guild F-47 Bluegrass is based on what’s currently referred to as a ‘Grand Orchestra’ body shape, with solid spruce top, and solid mahogany back and sides. The neck is Guild’s typical three-piece neck – two mahogany sections with a slim center maple strip. This design helps keep the neck stable and twist-resistant. The fingerboard and bridge are rosewood and the headstock features the traditional mother of pearl ‘Chesterfield’ logo.

The finish shows expected wear, with pick marking around the soundhole and a few other marks on the top. At the time this guitar was made (and for some companies until recently), it was common practice to glue the pickguard directly to the top, rather than to the finish. This very frequently resulted in cracks in the top near the pickguard, and there is such a crack along the inner edge of the pickguard. Related to this, there are some cosmetic splits in the rosette. However, the guitar is in solid structural condition. The finish shows expected wear, especially on the bass side of the neck in the lower positions. A Japanese hardshell case is included.

This guitar has recently been set up and plays nicely. As with many Guild models, it’s not a quiet guitar. It is a Bluegrass model after all, meant to be played with banjos and mandolins. The neck is a bit narrower than many modern guitars, which to my hands makes it a bit easier to play. I’m finding it a very comfortable and fun guitar to hold and play.

  • Model: F-47
  • Year: 1965
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 30556, built during 1965 at the Guild plant in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good

  • Price: cdn$2650
  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case

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