This dreadnought model features a glossfinished body with solid Indian rosewood back and sides, and a solid spruce top. The solid mahogany neck wears a satin finish and has a white heel cap. The eye-catching details consist of a carefully inlaid pearl “Guild” logo on the rosewood headstock overlay, bone bridge pins, pearl fretboard dots, neatly applied white binding, and a bone nut and saddle. There’s also a wood marquetry stripe on the back, which extends through the endpin area.
Owing to its rosewood construction, the D-50 STD sounds nice and deep with piano-like lows, a rich midrange, and a clear, sweet top. Though it’s the same size as the D-40 STD, the D-50 STD is sonically quite different and would make a great fingerstyle guitar owing to the enhanced fullness and upper midrange complexity it offers. The articulation in its sound is quite impressive, and you can hear how all the notes in a chord stand out when you give it a strum. Everything is in balance here, and while the D-50 STD might not be zingy enough for lead playing, it’s extremely satisfying in its own delicious way.
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