Guild Introduces New ARCOS Series Acoustics

Guild is very proud to introduce its new Arcos series models, which offer legendary Guild sound and playability at very accessible prices. All feature the signature arched-back body design first introduced in the 1950s on some of the company’s earliest acoustics, which enhances volume and projection while providing excellent structural stability. They also boast Guild’s slim satin-finish mahogany neck for smooth, comfortable feel and effortless playability.

Other premium Arcos features include solid Sitka spruce tops, rosewood fingerboards and bridges, bone nuts and saddles, koa rosettes and, in some instances, Fishman® electronics.

There are three new Guild Arcos models—the AD-3AD-3CE dreadnoughts, and the AO-3CE orchestra-style model.

The AD-3 dreadnought covers a lot of sonic ground. The solid Sitka spruce top, laminated mahogany sides and arched back give it a full, balanced sound with excellent volume and projection. Its slim satin-finish mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard deliver smooth, comfortable feel for effortless playability. Its koa rosette, pearl inlays and rosewood headcap impart a touch of class and understated elegance. Other features such as a bone nut and saddle, hand-rubbed satin finish, dual-action truss rod and bolt-on neck construction round out an outstanding instrument that delivers exceptional value, and it comes with a lightweight Guild polyfoam case.

Its brother, the AD-3CE dreadnought, presents all those features in a cutaway-body model that delivers easy access to the upper frets and a Fishman® Presys Plus pickup system that includes performer-friendly features such as an onboard electronic tuner and anti-feedback control.

The AO-3CE is an orchestra-style cutaway model with a solid Sitka spruce top, laminated mahogany sides and arched back that give the small-body guitar a full, balanced sound with excellent volume and projection. In addition to appreciating its arched-back body design, slim satin-finish mahogany neck, fingerstyle players will like the extra string spacing provided by the 1 ¾” nut width. It also features a bone nut and saddle, koa rosette, pearl inlays, hand-rubbed satin finish, bolt-on neck with dual-action truss rod, Fishman® Presys Plus pickup system and lightweight Guild polyfoam case.

Why Players Know Guild: Jonathan Zabin

First Impressions Are Lasting

Jonathan Zabin from Woodridge, Conn., found his heartstrings being tugged the moment he strummed a beautifully resonant E chord on his Guild D-40SB.

“The guitar just spoke to me,” recalled Zabin, who purchased the guitar in 1975. “It sounded like what an acoustic guitar should sound like.”

Zabin had walked inside a local music shop intending to buy only guitar strings, but couldn’t resist the D-40’s undeniable appeal.

“It had a wonderful, balanced tone,” said Zabin, still enamored by his Guild 40 years later. “Its tone was unlike anything I’d ever heard, and it’s only gotten better as it’s aged.”

And it should be noted that Zabin has been exposed to a variety of guitars. A few years ago he worked at Daddy’s Junky Music, where he received a salesman of the year award for outstanding service and well-rounded knowledge on musical instruments.

Although Zabin now serves as a court clerk in New Haven, music will always be his vocation. He is an active member of The Milford Folk Music Society, and plays regularly at his synagogue.