Series: Guild USA

Finish Options:


Brand new to the Guild USA line, the D-40 is perfect for players looking for that ultimate dreadnought sound. The classic wood combination of a solid Sitka spruce top and solid African mahogany back and sides provides remarkable volume, clarity and sustain. The D-40 features an East Indian rosewood bridge and fingerboard, premium 20:1 open-gear tuners, and a hand-cut bone nut and saddle. An elegant and thin satin varnish finish gives this guitar its familiar broken-in look and feel, while allowing the tone woods to reach their optimal sonic potential.

The D-40’s timeless appointments include a vintage style rosette, tortoiseshell pickguard, white ABS binding, and Guild’s peak logo inlaid on the headstock. Each D-40 comes with a hand-signed, numbered certificate of authenticity, and ships with a Guild archtop wood case with a built-in Humicase® humidification system. Finish options include satin varnish in Natural, or Antique Burst with Cabernet back, sides and neck. A discreet, USA-made LR Baggs Element VTC pickup is also available.

List Price: $2,420
With LR Baggs Pickup: $2,700

Learn More About Guild USA

In July 2014, Guild began constructing a new state-of-the-art factory in Southern California where the first order of business was to search the globe for original molds, equipment and rare Guild guitars. Machinery was shipped from the previous factory in New Hartford, CT and retro-fitted into the new production line. Ren Ferguson, legendary luthier, was named VP of Manufacturing and R&D. Ren’s history with Guild (notably his Guild Orpheum Series) combined with many years of excellent guitar building made him the perfect visionary to set up and design Guild’s new factory.

Guild is excited to ring in a new era of USA production. Interpreting classic Guild designs through an innovative approach and modern technology, these guitars feel and sound better than ever and are Made to be Played.


Body TopSolid Sitka Spruce
Body BackSolid Mahogany
Body SidesSolid Mahogany
Body ShapeDreadnought
BracingSitka Spruce
RosetteABS Ring
FinishSatin Varnish in Antique Sunburst top, Cabernet back and sides
Body Depth Upper Bout4″ (101 mm)
Body Depth Lower Bout5″ (127 mm)
Body Length20″ (508 mm)
Body Width Lower Bout16″ (406.4 mm)
Body Width Upper Bout11 5/8″ (295.3 mm)
Overall Guitar Length41.75″ (1060.5 mm)
Guitar Weight4.5 lbs (2kg)
Body BindingABS
PurflingBlack and Cream ABS


Neck MaterialMahogany
Neck ShapeC Shape
Neck JointMortise and Tenon
Scale Length25 5/8″ (650.9 mm)
Nut Width1 11/16″ (43 mm)
Nut MaterialBone
Fingerboard MaterialIndian rosewood
Fingerboard Radius12″
Fingerboard InlaysPerloid Dots
# of Frets20
Tuning MachinesGuild Vintage Style Open Gear in Nickel with Cream Buttons, 20:1 Ratio
Hardware Finish/PlatingNA
Truss RodSingle Action
Truss Rod Wrench5/16″ / 8mm Socket Wrench


BridgeIndian Rosewood
Saddle Spacing2.125″ / 54mm
SaddleCompensated Bone
Bridge PinsIvory Colored Plastic with Black Dot
StringsCoated Phosphor Bronze Light .012-.053
Case or Gig BagGuild Deluxe Humidified Wood Case
EndpinIvory Colored Plastic
ElectronicsL.R. Baggs Element with Volume and Tone Control
Item #Withou Pickup: 385-0400-837
With Pickup: 385-0404-837

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