It’s hard to name that one person who’s never played a guitar, or at least, wanted to. Hobbyists and occasional guitar players are in abundance, but those handful who are in dire need of a good acoustic guitar will certainly like what we’ve prepared.
Built with solid spruce top, mahogany sides, and arched mahogany back, the M-240E has a comfortable body and distinctive voice. Guild’s signature arched back design allows for great volume and projection, long sustain, and a lush, full sound. With a 24 3/4” scale length and 1 11/16″ nut width on a vintage shaped Guild neck, this concert size guitar is a joy to play. The M-240E features Guild’s AP-1 pickup, an Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, pearloid rosette, period-correct tortoiseshell pickguard, and a matte polyurethane finish. This model also includes Guild’s new lightweight deluxe gig bag. Available in Natural.
The Westerly Collection pays homage to an important period in Guild’s early history, when Guild outgrew the beloved Hoboken, New Jersey factory, and moved production to Westerly, Rhode Island in 1967. Finding a home in a former furniture manufacturing building, Guild took advantage of the additional space the new location had to offer, and improved upon the production layout left behind in Hoboken.
With a fresh start, highly skilled employees, and plenty of room to grow, Guild flourished. It was not long before the Westerlyfactory became renowned for exceptional craftsmanship, quality, and the introduction of many beloved Guild acoustics. The dedication to innovation was apparent, with meticulous attention to detail. Inspired by this golden era, the Guild Westerly Collection carries on the tradition of impeccable workmanship and unwavering excellence by incorporating high-quality materials and classic Guild designs into each instrument.
Guild began its legacy in 1953 by producing archtop electric guitars for the Jazz market in New York city; these guitars were built with arched backs made from pressed laminate maple, a low-cost alternative to hand-carved maple backs typical in Jazz guitar construction. As the company grew and began offering flat-top acoustics in 1954, the first models such as the F-30, F-40 and F-50 shared this pressed laminate arched back construction, which became a Guild trademark. Other classic Guilds like the D-25 and F-412, icons of the brand’s history to this day, represent this unique combination of acoustic flat top and arched back guitar construction.
In addition to its classic look and ergonomic comfort, an arched back design prevents the need for the added support of back braces, reducing weight while increasing projection and volume, contributing to the revered Guild sound for which these historic models are so well loved. We’ve paid homage to this classic Guild design trademark with a full line of affordable Archback models, available now from the Westerly Collection in sizes ranging from Concert to Jumbo.
Body Top Solid Sitka Spruce Body Back Mahogany Body Sides Mahogany Body Shape Concert Bracing Scalloped X Rosette Pearloid/ABS Finish Matte polyurethane Body Depth Upper Bout 3 1/4″ Body Depth Lower Bout 4″ (101 mm) Body Length 18″ (457 mm) Body Width Lower Bout 13 7/8″ Body Width Upper Bout 10 1/4″ (260 mm) Overall Guitar Length 39 1/2″ Guitar Weight 4 lbs 4 oz Body Binding White ABS Binding Top Purfling Black/White ABS Purfling Neck Material Mahogany Neck Shape Slim C Scale Length 24 ¾” Nut Width 1 11/16″ Nut Material Bone Fingerboard Material Rosewood Fingerboard Radius 16″ Fingerboard Inlays Pearloid Dots No. of Frets 20 Tuning Machines Guild Vintage-Style Open-Gear Hardware Finish/Plating Chrome Truss Rod Dual Action Truss Rod Wrench 4mm Hex Key Bridge Rosewood Bridge String Spacing 2 1/8″ Saddle Compensated Bone Bridge Pins Ivory Colored Plastic with Black Dot Strings D’Addario EXP16 – Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge Case or Gig Bag Guild Deluxe Gig Bag Endpin Endpin Jack Pickguard Tortoiseshell Pickup Guild AP-1 Active Acoustic Piezo Pickup