Used Guild GSRF 30 CE Very Rare Fingerstyle Guitar
Serial Number - 343002
Pretty much as good as it gets for FingerStyle... Guitarist Magazine
Case -Guild Hard shell Case
Condition - mint
Weight -6 lbs 4oz
The F-30 has long been one of Guild's most popular small-bodied guitars. Launched in 1959, the F-30 quickly became a folk favourite. this onel ups the ante somewhat, featuring a solid cocobolo back.
Cocobolo is an oily, tropical hardwood found mostly in Central America and, because of its inherent strength, is often used for gun and knife handles and police batons! Bass guitar manufacturer Alembic is credited with pioneering its use as a tonewood and, famously, Stanley Clarke's signature tone was attributed to using basses made from cocobolo.
The F-30CE's decorative cupboard is not exactly over-stocked, but an ornate centre strip of parquetry sits between what is a sumptuous selection of bookmatched cocobolo.
"The F-30CE purrs with rich, complex overtones and sustain to boot"
The F-30CE's top is constructed from Carpathian spruce, which boasts a tight, almost ruler-straight grain. Simple black coachlining and ivoroid binding follow the sweeping lines of the F-30CE and a five-ring soundhole rosette includes an abalone strip.
The Martin-esque bridge is ebony and home to bone Parisian eye-topped bridge pins. The ivoroid bound, three-piece, slim-profile mahogany neck features a walnut 'skunk stripe' centre strip while the headstock possesses a cocobolo faceplate.
The F-30CE is tastefully bedecked and the use of exotic woods creates an aura of class and style. The only slight negative construction-wise is the weight of the guitar. It's clear, though, that quality control is exceptional: the scalloped Adirondack red spruce bracing is smoothly sanded and imperceptibly glued in place, while the gloss finish is impeccable.
The F-30CE is a fantastic fingerstyle guitar. Offering an airy, smooth timbre, the F-30CE purrs with rich, complex overtones and sustain to boot. The full output results in a less-is-more approach to playing and it seems somehow irreverent to give the F-30CE a thrashing with a heavy pick. The lower registers possess strength and presence without a hint of boom, and the mid and top end boast warmth while retaining clarity and sharpness.
Plugged in, the D-TAR system performs admirably and offers a very credible reproduction of the F-30CE's acoustic tone. The mic blend control has more influence on the output and this provides greater versatility in the amplified tone. The depth and character of the originating acoustic tone results in keeping the amplified version from sounding thin and nasal. Overall, the F-30CE's sonic performance is impressive, whatever the setting.
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