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8-string baritone headlines Guild's 2021 lineup of acoustic guitars

Guild 2021 acoustic guitars
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Guild has unveiled three new acoustic guitars for 2021, including an affordable take on its Jumbo shape and an all-new eight-string baritone guitar.

Sporting classic body shapes, Fishman pickup systems and boasting big baritone sounds, here's your first look at the new lineup of Guild acoustics.

Guild BT-258E

Guild BT-258E

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First up is the all-new BT-258E – an eight-string baritone acoustic that boasts big low-end timbres and two additional octave strings for "a bit of sparkle".

Constructed out of rosewood back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany neck, this unique offering is also equipped with the Fishman GT-1 pickup system.

Tuned down to standard baritone tuning - B, E, A, a, D, d, D, F# and b – the seventh and eighth strings double up the A and the D to add a thicker, more fleshed-out baritone sound.

Other appointments for the jumbo-bodied guitar include a pressed-back construction consisting of rosewood back and sides, a bound neck and body, and a solid spruce top.

The BT-258E is released March 1 and will be available for $629.

Guild BT-240E

Guild BT-240E

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As a second baritone offering, Guild has introduced the BT-240E, which aims to bring a deep, full-frequency baritone voice to your playing.

Dispensing of the doubled octave strings found on the aforementioned BT-258E, this jumbo-sized six-stringer also adopts a pressed-back construction, this time opting for a mahogany back. Otherwise, the specs are the same.

The BT-240E lists for $499 and will be available March 1.

Guild F-240E

Guild F-240E

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Last up in the lineup is the F-240E – an affordable offering which promises to deliver the recognizable sound of Guild's Jumbo guitars at a player's price.

The big-bodied jumbo-shaped guitar sports mahogany back and sides, a solid spruce top, pau ferro fretboard, and boasts the Fishman GT-1 pickup system under the hood.

The F-240E will list for $399 when it's released April 1.

For more information on all new models, head over to Guild.

Matt Owen

Matt is a News Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.