Guild Guitar: GAD-30 Orchestra
by Guitar Guru
”The Guitar You WILL Want to Write Home About”
The Guild GAD-30 Acoustic Design Series Orchestra Guitar is one of those guitars that you will want to write home about.
There is something about a solidwood guitar
that brings out the best; both in the guitar and the guitarist, and the Guild GAD-30 is one of those guitars. Made with a solid Sitka spruce top
and a solid mahogany body
, the GAD-3O combines two distinct tonal textures to create an instrument with a truly distinct appeal.
The style and build of the GAD-30 brings to mind the guitars of half a century ago; the ones that were as much works of art to be looked at as they were instruments to be played. But at just ~$729 it is a guitar that is gratefully affordable. Guild even throws in a hardshell case
in order to protect your new investment at no extra cost.
Built on an Auditorium body, the GAD-30 has a bright, clear tone that the solid spruce top amplifies, creating an excellent tonal resonance that you can actually feel in your fingertips. In fact, in tone you would have to compare this to the Taylor GA6 Grand Auditorium
which has a solid Sitka spruce top and big leaf maple back and sides and produces a bright and harmonious tone. While the GAD-30 is not as rich in sound as the Taylor, it is over $1,000 less than the Taylor, which in and of itself, is a high recommendation.
One distinction between the two, however, is while the Taylor handles both pick style playing and fingerstyle playing equally well, the GAD-30 tends to lose some of its distinctness when subjected to pick playing.
For significantly less than a Taylor, you can have a guitar that sounds great and is good choice for anyone who is looking to upgrade from a beginner’s model without breaking the bank.
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