Originally introduced in 1954, the jumbosized F-50 was Guild’s flagship model for many years and a favorite of many pro players, including Eric Clapton, who was featured with his F-50 on the cover of Guild’s 1968 catalog. In the keeping with the original specs, the F-50 STD is a large guitar with a body depth of almost five inches, and it features relocated “X” bracing, a solid spruce top, solid figured maple sides, and a onepiece arched, laminated maple back. The F-50’s accoutrements are similar to those of the other models on review here, and include ivoroid binding and heel cap, bone bridge pins, a tortoise shell pickguard, pearl fretboard dots, and a rosewood overlay on the headstock.
In terms of big sound, nothing beats a jumbo, and the F-50 STD proves to be a superb sounding rhythm guitar with a glorious strumming voice. Notes ring out with amazing clarity when you nail a chord, and the volume and projection make it an ideal guitar for the singer/strummer who is fronting a loud band. The F-50 isn’t as well suited for lead playing—that big 3D sound seems to compromise some of the focus needed for punchy single-line ventures—but if you’re looking for a sonic powerhouse to lay down big rhythm parts, this guitar is a fabulous choice.
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