This guitar dates to 1995, the year Fender purchased Guild, but before the new owner initiated changes in building processes and moved manufacturing from the company's longtime home in Westerly, Rhode Island to Corona, California. Despite the changes this model has experienced since its introduction way back in 1968, it has long been regarded as one of the best values among affordably priced American-made dreadnoughts. After only a few minutes of getting acquainted with this guitar, we're confident you'll see why.
The D-25's specs include an arched mahogany back, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and, in this instance, a flashy and relatively uncommon tobacco sunburst finish. The guitar is beautifully playable, with a roomy 1-11/16" string spacing at the nut. The arched braceless back construction delivers expressive tones that are, to our ears, a little more focused and offer a bit more headroom than a comparable 'hog dread sporting back braces. The mids and highs, meanwhile, are sturdy and highly responsive to the player's touch. This may be an unadorned instrument, with no frills and few non-functional appointments, but there's a reason this has long been the company's best-selling model: The intonation is nearly perfect, the action is a low 2/32" on the bass string and 3/32" on the treble strings, and the big, bold voice will have you strumming and playing fingerstyle favorites for years to come.
In very good-plus condition, but there is a very slight top seam separation atop the factory backstrip that will effectively prevent further separation.
Ships in a non-original but high-quality hardshell case. $800