paul simon's guild

Paul Simon’s Guild Acoustic Guitar

Back in the ’60s, Simon and Garfunkel were one of the best acts around. Though their setup was very simple, two voices and an acoustic guitar. During this time, Paul Simon was using a Guild acoustic guitar (the F-30 Special) which produced the most perfect acoustic guitar tone that I can think of. Warm, balanced, and extremely responsive.

Sometime in the ’70s and later, Paul Simon played many different acoustic guitars. Though something seemed lost in his acoustic tone I feel. Nothing sounded quite as beautiful as his Guild guitar. Take a listen to what it sounds like:

This has led me to become very interested in Guild acoustic guitar. I believe they are a real competitor to Martin and Gibsons.

Here are some pictures Paul Simon with his Guild:

paul simon's guild

Paul Simon's Guild 2

Paul Simon's Guild with George Harrison

2 thoughts on “Paul Simon’s Guild Acoustic Guitar”

  1. Each guitar and model has its own characteristics: the Guild you mention is big body, solid top with enough bracing to stand in for a conga drum. Then there are the strings Paul was using to take into account..next there are the differences in tone and sound between examples of the same model: one F30 won’t sound like another F30.

    1. I have an F30R and it gets very close to Paul’s tone. Experimenting with strings is a big part as you mentioned. I’m finding I can get the “Old Friends” tone with silk and steel strings.

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