In 1954, Guild introduced the F-30 Aragon,
the smallest of the original Guild flat-top
guitars. Early versions featured an “orchestra”
body shape with a spruce top, arched
maple back, and maple sides. By 1959, the
F-30 Aragon had acquired mahogany back
and sides, which is essentially the form of
the F-30 STD on review here. This guitar
is almost identical in size and shape to an
000-sized Martin, and it features a fairly
basic cosmetic treatment that consists of
white binding on the body, a rosewood
headstock overlay, pearl fretboard dots, and
a tortoise shell pickguard.
The F-30’s small body is very comfortable,
and the neck and great setup are
immediately inviting to your fingers. This
model was hugely popular during the early
years of the American folk scene, and the
rich, bright sound of our review guitar
seems perfect for that kind of playing, as
well as for just about any other style you
throw at it. Despite its smaller size there’s
plenty of volume, and it has the fullness and crispy detail that solo fingerpickers crave,
along with enough snap and presence to
make a lead player happy. The mahogany
recipe pitches this guitar a little more toward
those who want a sound that cuts well, but
the response isn’t overly piercing by any
means. For anyone seeking a flat-top acoustic
that will play well with others in pretty much
any situation, the F-30 STD is a great choice.
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