Phil Collen – Guitar Blog #7 - Guild D-40 Noir Acoustic

Aug 22 2014 - 02:10

Guild D-40 Noir Acoustic - See more photos HERE

At the end of 2012 I was at the Jackson/Fender factory and was asking Mike Kotzen his opinion on a good acoustic with a jumbo body. He said, "Before you try another jumbo check this acoustic out." It was the black Guild acoustic that I play on the two acoustic songs we do live and I haven't put it down since.


As we are a loud rock band that plays arenas and outdoor, sunbaked amphitheaters I am always looking for a reliable workhorse acoustic that won't warp, crack or feedback. This was that guitar. It sounds beautiful acoustic, not plugged in and still performs even when you put the rubber cover (or guitar condom) in the sound hole to cut out horrendous low end feedback you get from putting an acoustic through a p.a system. I have a real problem with acoustic guitars that you have to plug into an amp or P.A system as it's always a compromise and never sounds as good as putting a mic in front of the sound hole. But because of the volume you have to go through this process.This being a dreadnought which is the standard or regular size for an acoustic guitar with thinner frets it wouldn't have been my first choice as an acoustic guitar but some guitars are just great the way they are and this is one of those guitars. Plus it looks cool being a nice shiny black. My only modification is the pegs that hold the strings into the bridge. They are FU-TONE titanium pegs. When Adam Revier did a five minute test changing out the standard plastic pegs for his titanium ones in a basement stairwell underneath the PNC in Holmdel, NJ on my older Guild jumbo acoustic in 2011, I was sold. 


Here's a video of me playing it straight out of the box!