Registered: July 2008
Location: Flat Rock, NC
The Guild, built in 1974 (serial no. 101267) and purchased in '75, is unusual in that, as a D-50, what is supposed to be rosewood on the back and sides, appears to be mahogany. Otherwise, it has all the markings, trim, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and label, of a D-50.
I emailed Hans Moust, the author of The Guild Guitar Book, sent him the photos, and asked him what he made of it. Here's his answer:
"Well, you have quite a strange example over there. Especially the wood in the sides shows a lot of 'cross grain' which is not a typical rosewood feature. I can't tell you what it really is but it doesn't look like rosewood to me. I also can't say that I've seen this kind of wood on any other Guild D-50 before. If it really is mahogany, then it would be a D-40 with D-50 trimmings.
It could be that somewhere along in the production line a set of mahogany got mixed in with the rosewood sets and the guitar went all the way down the line as a D-50. I mean that shouldn't happen, but I could see it happen in a company like Guild. To be honest, I've seen worse things than that. Anyway, I'm just speculating and I'm not 100 % sure but it sure doesn't look like anything I've seen on a D-50 before.
Sorry, but I can't give you a more definitive answer than that, withoutholding the guitar in my hands. I'm sure I could tell you when I would hold the guitar in my hands. The test would be rubbing a piece of sandpaper against the inside of the back (or sides). The smell it would produce would tell me what it is, or at least it would tell me whether it's rosewood or not. Rosewood has such a distinctive smell that cannot be mistaken for something else. So if you know somebody who can smell the difference, let him (or her) do the test on your guitar. Whatever the wood is, I'm glad to hear you're happy with the guitar.
Sincerely, Hans Moust "