Years of Production: 1958 - 1965, 1969 - 1973, 2016-
Body Style: Orchestra/Auditorium,
Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Rosewood fingerboard,
Design Elements: Rosewood bridge, tortoiseshell pickguard, 24 3/4-inch scale length, dot inlays
"For folk fans, the original Guild M-20 will always be synonymous with Nick Drake. But where a lot of iconic artist-guitar associations are in large part visual, the all-mahogany M-20 was arguably an indispensible part of Drake’s understated, intimate, and mysterious musical reveries. Warm, just a little dark, but with a definition and articulation that makes it the perfect vehicle for fingerstyle melodies, the M-20 remains one of the most underrated guitars among Guild’s many legendary instruments." - Premierguitar.com (http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Guild_M_120_Acoustic_Guitar_Review) - You can see him with his M-20 on the cover of his record "Bryter Layter"more
"It's a 1965 Guild M20. One of the best guitars I ever played. I got to know this guitar because of my admiration for Nick Drake (who had also played a M20). Since then I always prefered guitars with smaller bodies. These guitars use to have beautiful mids and are not that bassy, which fit my smooth singing pretty well. After all of these years she [the M-20] became a good friend of mine." -Fitzsimmons on http://rawk.ch/1766/ (Translation)more
From 'Nick Drake, Remembered for a while' , The authorized companion to the music of Nick Drake: "Contrary to public belief, the guitar on the cover (of Bryter Layter) was not one of Nick's. It's an early 1960's Guild M20, formerly property of Eric Clapton who left it at his flat in the Pheasantry, Kings Road, as Nigel Waymouth moved in. It was given to Nigel who sold it in 1973 to Nick Laird-Clowes (later of the Dream Acedemy) for 100,- ". I have a 1969 Guild M20 and, contrary to this information, I can imagine Nick played this beautiful guitar on some of his recordings, judging the characteristic sound. Listen to the Guild M20 on one of my tracks: soundcloud.com/bernard-brogue/slightly-and-shortly .