Guild A-20 Marley review

Bob Marley’s songwriting tool reinvented

Guild A-20 Marley
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A big-lunged dreadnought that offers an easy ride, this inspired Bob Marley model makes a superlative choice as a workhorse acoustic, with the updated spec choices arguably making for a better instrument.


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    Big dreadnought acoustic sounds.

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    Neck is very inviting.

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    Good price.


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    Nothing of note, but no left-handed models.

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Signature guitars are usually recreations of an artist’s most famous instrument, but here, Guild and the Marley estate pay tribute to Bob Marley’s favourite bedroom strummer.

Marley wrote many hits on his Madeira A-20 which he kept to hand around the house. Madeira was Guild’s ’70s budget brand. Guild based this model on surviving originals, slightly tweaked for modern tastes.

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).