What a distinction a year makes! Compared to a 1969 F-30, this 1970 model is fairly similar in specs, save that the scale length is an inch longer at 25 5/eight” vs. the old 24 5/eight” scale. As a lot of folks know when deciding in between a 000-18 and an OM (Orchestra Model) variation on the 000-18, that longer scale makes a enormous distinction in tone and really feel. There is far more “forward” projection and crispness in the bass register rather than a chunkier, warmer tone — and the further scale puts far more tension on the strings for a slightly “stiffer” feel.
Frankly, though, that final bit is secondary on a Guild neck from this time as the super-quick (effectively, contemporary) C-shaped neck profile and 1 11/16″ nut width signifies that it “feels” about the exact same to my fingers — comfy and quick even with standard 54w-12 strings (like the ones on this).
Soon following this was made, the body shape of the F-30 borrowed the “mini-jumbo” shape from the Guild F-112 models and the sound changed from the sort of punchy, focused “nearly dreadnought” OM-like sound of this model to a a lot more shimmery, balanced, Taylor-esque sound. Each are excellent but very various.
Physique specs on this are 15 1/four” at the lower bout with four 3/four” depth to the sides (that’s pretty deep for a 000 body). I feel that extra depth is what offers this its “dreadier” tone. The top is solid spruce (not matched, although — verify out the cool “bearclaw” figure on the treble side) and the back, sides, and neck are strong mahogany.
My repairs included a fret level/dress, saddle compensation and adjustment, and basic setup. I also cleated and sealed a small hairline crack proper beneath the high E string on the top coming from under the pickguard and terminating at the bridge. The only other crack is a repaired tiny hairline on the back.
I also replaced the replacement Schaller tuners that were on it (kinda heavy and out of location) with some Kluson-style repro tuners that lighten the headstock and give it more of a vintage look. They function well and I’ve stashed the old Schallers in the guitar’s case in the occasion someone would want to reinstall them (someone who likes neck dive, possibly).
It plays on-the-dot at 3/32″ EA and 1/16″ DGBE action height at the 12th fret. The truss performs nicely, the frets have plenty of life left (although this was their 2nd level/dress), and it’s ready to go.
Aside from the tuners, the rest of the guitar appears “stock.”
The board and bridge are each rosewood and the board has a flattish profile (maybe 16″ radius?) which contributes to a sort-of “contemporary” really feel. Practically every person makes use of 14″ these days unless you happen to be a 12″ Gibson fan.
Whilst the saddle is on the decrease side, there is nevertheless some adjustment area — and let’s be sincere — every old Guild’s saddle seems on the reduce side. They appear to have been created with not a lot tolerance at the factory. I’ve adjusted the worn string-ramping behind the bridge to maintain the break-angle good and tidy, even though.
I forgot to mention that I also put a extremely little, lightweight (cedar soundboard material) “bridge plate cap” only under the line of the pin-holes. Guild had a habit of drilling their holes so close to the saddle (like Martin) that the winding overlap on modern strings has a tendency to slip up correct behind or more than the saddle. I cannot stand that, so I created the tiny cap to maintain them snug. It adds almost no weight and keeps the ball-ends tidy, too.
The original, wide-ish, maple bridge plate is all intact and in excellent order, even though.
Guild’s borrowing of Martin style 18 trim is fairly obvious.
The strong mahogany back and sides look excellent. The finish is in general good shape, although there’s the usual scuffing, minor nicks, and whatnot throughout.
An individual added a strap button to the heel some time back.
This is the hairline crack that was cleated/repaired in the instrument’s past (a very good job).
The serial quantity locations this at 1971 per the Guild site, even though making use of my inspection mirror I found a date-stamp of August 7, 1970 just forward of the x-brace.
The guitar comes with its (original?) Ess & Ess hard case (in decent shape) and the set of old replacement Schaller tuners.Antebellum Instruments