Originally introduced in 1963, the D-40 is a classic mahogany and spruce dreadnought with cool touches that include ivoroid binding and heel cap, bone bridge pins, a classic Guild rosette, tortoise shell pickguard, a high-gloss finished body, and a satin-finished neck with pearl dot inlays. There’s no back stripe on this guitar, but the cream-colored binding that extends across the endpin area is a classy detail.
The D-40 STD plays very comfortably and has a nice warm midrange and plenty of snap in its upper-end response. The highs can actually be a bit piercing at times, but these frequencies would most likely mellow out as the guitar breaks in. The D-40 STD seems like an ideal bluegrass guitar and an especially good choice for lead playing. This punchy sounding ax has the firepower to hang with a rowdy acoustic band, yet it would also be cool for singer/songwriters and soloists who want an instrument with a complex and nuanced sound. In short, if you need a guitar that can fill the bill for a variety of styles, the D-40 STD is definitely one to audition.
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