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Dreadnought Guild A-20 Marley

Guild teamed up with the family of legendary reggae bard Bob Marley (February 5, 1945 – May 11, 1981) to create a unique acoustic model of the A-20 Marley. The affordable instrument is inspired by an earlier version of the Guild Madeira, which Marley used as his main instrument to play at home and on which he composed his greatest hits during the 1970s. The commemorative edition honors the essential attributes of the master model and adds a few more modern features.

The back and sides of the classic dreadnought-shaped body are made of mahogany, with a Sitka spruce front soundboard. The C-profile neck is also mahogany (20 mm thick at 1st fret, 24 mm thick at 12th fret) with a fretboard made of durable pau ferro wood, having a 16-inch flat radius, 20 medium frets, a 44.5 mm wide bone nut, round fretboard markers, and “Marley” inlay at the octave position.

The body is reinforced by internal X bracing. The rosette and body edges are inlaid with white and black ABS plastic. The bridge with pau ferro base and compensated bone saddle offers a total string spacing of 52 mm, the soundhole diameter is 98 mm, and the scale length measures the standard 25.5 inches (648 mm).

Tuning is provided by the company’s all-metal nickel-plated tuning pegs, and the strap buttons have the same finish. The guitar is offered in a Natural finish with satin polyurethane lacquer. The black pickguard bears Marley’s signature, and the factory has fitted the instrument with quality D’Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light (.012 - .053) strings.

The official price of the signed Guild A-20 Marley acoustic has been set at around 550 dollars for the US market. Also included should be a deluxe-style gig bag, a set of exclusive picks, a poster, and a booklet with the chords to the “Three Little Birds.”

Tagy Guild Guild A-20 Marley

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