The Guild Bluegrass launched in 1963 (check it out in the 1963 Guild catalog), before gaining the F-47 model designation a year later in 1964. The earliest (non-F-47) version had horseshoe / horses head pickguard design, changing to faux tortoiseshell in 1964. This smaller bodied (16" wide) acoustic was in many ways similar to the Guild F-40 in terms of dimensions and appointments, though with a mahogany (rather than maple) back and sides.
The Guild Bluegrass F-47 was described as follows in the 1968 Guild catalog
For the bluegrass folk singer, a guitar of haunting tonal beauty, with the lusty resonance that characterizes the musical vigor of this specialized art form. Beautifully proportioned body is 16" wide by 20" long by 4 7/8" deep. Back and sides are of choice Honduras mahogany. Top is of natural blonde fine grain spruce. Back and top are bound with ivoroid. 3-piece mahogany neck with adjustable steel rod. Ivoroid-bound rosewood fingerboard, inlaid with 8 pearloid position markers. Inlaid headpiece. Deluxe nickelplated pearl grip non-slip pegs. Finest quality Guild Strings.
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