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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