"When I saw the guitar for the first time, I saw reflections of my life and relationships," said Dykes. "The Duane Eddy vintage-style 'G' on the headstock, the Chet Atkins-style fret markers, the beautiful roses on the bridge that depict a heartfelt family story, and the Guild name have all been a part of my life since I was a boy."
With an abalone-trimmed AAA-grade red spruce top and AAA quilt big-leaf maple neck back and sides, the guitar looks as amazing as it sounds. The dark-tinted top imparts an aged look, and the 20-fret ebony fingerboard and abalone-inlaid bridge contribute to a distinctively elegant appearance.
"I was immediately at home with this guitar," Dykes said. "After playing it and hearing it, I'm convinced a lot of people will feel this way, too. This is your grandfather's guitar and a whole lot more!"
Other special features include custom D-55-style abalone/mother-of-pearl fret markers rotated 90 degrees and located on the bass side of the fingerboard, a slightly shallower body than that of the standard F-47 grand orchestra on which the model is based, scalloped red spruce bracing, abalone rosette, three-piece mahogany neck with rosewood center, 12" fingerboard radius, stylized Guild "G" headstock overlay, extra tuner spacing to accommodate Dykes’ signature behind-the-nut string bends, bone nut and saddle, and a pure gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
Each Doyle Dykes Signature Model comes with a dark brown hard-shell case lined with dark-green plush.
The Doyle Dykes Signature Model is expected to be available in December through authorized Guild dealers for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $5000. For more information, and to locate a dealer near you, visit www.guildguitars.com