D-55(E) in NATURAL

Series: Guild USA

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First introduced in 1968 as a special-order top-of-the-line model, the D-55 was so well-received that Guild added it into the regular production line by 1974. Famously played by Tommy Smothers on the Smothers Brothers Show in the 1960s, the D-55 grew in both popularity and longevity over the decades, finding homes in the hands of more contemporary artists like Waylon Jennings, Billie Joe Armstrong, and David Nail. The most anticipated return of a Guild acoustic to date, the 2017 Guild D-55 is back and better than ever.

The D-55 remains true to all the premium appointments of its 1968 predecessor, including a AAA Sitka spruce top, solid Indian Rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and nitrocellulose finish. Internal refinements include scalloped Adirondack bracing as well as an improved dovetail neck-joint, hand fit to make this generation of D-55 the lightest, loudest, and best-sounding yet.

The D-55 showcases Guild’s most recognizable headstock which is fully bound and features the Guild “Peak and Shield” inlay combination over a figured ebony overlay. The matching ebony fingerboard is also fully bound and inlayed with Guild’s iconic abalone/pearl “V-Blocks” and multi-line “railroad track” purfling on the bass and treble sides. The D-55’s fingerboard is set on an all-mahogany neck with beautiful walnut center seam running the length of the heel to headstock. The D-55’s nitro finish is available in natural or Antique Burst and is hand sprayed for minimum thickness and maximum resonance that will only get better with age. An LR Baggs pickup system is available as an option, and each guitar includes a hand-signed certificate of authenticity and ships with Guild’s Premium humidified hardshell case.

MSRP: $4,380
With LR Baggs Pickup: $4,750

See the D-55 in Action



Body TopSolid Sitka spruce
Body BackSolid Indian rosewood
Body SidesSolid Indian rosewood
Body ShapeDreadnought
BracingScalloped Adirondack spruce
RosetteAbalone and ABS Ring
FinishGloss Nitrocellulose in Natural
Body Depth Upper Bout4″ / 101.6mm
Body Depth Lower Bout5″ / 127mm
Body Length20″ / 508mm
Body Width Lower Bout16″ / 406.4mm
Body Width Upper Bout11 5/8″ / 295.3mm
Body BindingWhite ABS
PurflingBlack and White ABS


Neck MaterialMahogany with Walnut Center Strip
Scale Length25 5/8″ / 650.9mm
Nut Width1 11/16″ / 43mm
Nut MaterialBone
Neck BindingWhite ABS
Fingerboard MaterialEbony
Fingerboard Radius12″ (305 mm)
Fingerboard InlaysMOP and Abalone V-Blocks
# of Frets20
Fret SizeMedium
Headstock BindingWhite ABS with Black and White Purfling
Tuning MachinesGotoh SE700 Open Gear in Gold with Butterbean Buttons, 15:1 Ratio
Hardware Finish/PlatingGold-plated
Truss RodDual Action
Truss Rod Wrench4mm Allen Key


SaddleCompensated Bone
Bridge PinsBone
Case or Gig BagGuild Premium Humidified Archtop Wood Case
EndpinIvory Colored Plastic
StringsD’Addario EXP16 – Coated Phosphor Bronze Light (.012 – .053)
ElectronicsOptional L.R. Baggs Anthem with Volume and Tone Control
Item NumberWithout pickup: 385-0550-821
With pickup: 385-0554-821

The D-55 is Also Available in Antique Burst

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