We’ve been keeping a secret for a while here at Guild HQ and it’s been pretty difficult to stay quiet…But no longer! Today, we’re excited to announce The Westerly Collection, a new series of all solid acoustic guitars that pays homage to Guild’s Westerly, Rhode Island era (1960s-1990s).
We wanted to develop a product that incorporated all solid woods and the top notch craftsmanship Guild is known for, less the hefty price tag. With design input from players, artists, dealers and Ren Ferguson, Guild’s VP of R&D and Manufacturing, the Westerly guitars feature a 1 3/4” nut width on a vintage shaped Guild neck (1 7/8” on 12-string models), iconic Chesterfield headstock emblem reminiscent of 1960s Guilds, period correct tortoiseshell pickguard, and Guild’s new lightweight polyfoam case.
If you browse our website, you’ll notice that The Westerly Collection uses a standardized naming system to indicate the guitar’s shape and woods. The 120 level signifies a solid mahogany top, back, sides; the 140 level indicates a solid spruce top with solid mahogany back and sides; and the 150 level signifies the ever-popular solid spruce and solid rosewood combination. Body shapes include Guild’s traditional small body Concert (M), Orchestra (OM), Dreadnought (D), and of course, Guild’s famous Jumbo 6 and 12 string (F).
We’re particularly excited about three new models: the M-140, M-140E, and B-140E acoustic bass. The M-140 brings a spruce top option to the best selling M-120, and is offered with a Fishman Sonitone as well (M-140E). The B-140E is based on several Guild acoustic basses of the past, which are known for their jumbo body and big acoustic sound. Like the rest of the line, the B-140E is built with all solid woods, and also comes equipped with a Fishman Sonitone Bass pickup
Guild’s Westerly Rhode Island era is known as a golden period in Guild’s history for its innovations and commitment to quality. After relocating to Westerly, Rhode Island in 1967, the factory became renowned for exceptional craftsmanship and the introduction of many beloved Guild acoustics. The dedication to innovation was apparent, with meticulous attention to detail. We’re excited to continue upholding these same standards and goals.
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