The Guild P-240 Memoir Parlor seamlessly marries vintage aesthetics with modern craftsmanship. Priced at just above $500, this instrument beckons to both enthusiasts and professionals alike, promising a journey into sonic nostalgia at a more accessible price point.
This parlor guitar features a traditional combination of solid spruce top and mahogany for the back and sides, built with meticulous attention to detail, as expected from Guild. It delivers a tonal profile that’s bright and resonant while having the characteristic midrange-focused tone of a parlor guitar.
To my ears, it sounds very detailed and has impressive treble and presence for a small guitar. There’s also enough bass for a parlor guitar, but don’t expect it to be as boomy as big-bodied acoustics.
The satin finish adds a touch of understated elegance, allowing the wood’s natural beauty to shine through.
In terms of playability, the neck of the P-240 is a testament to Guild’s legacy of producing comfortable and accessible instruments. The vintage “C” profile enhances the overall feel, making it a joy for both fingerstyle enthusiasts and strummers alike. The 24.75″ scale length contributes to its slacker string tension, resulting in a responsive and articulate character.
Some players might find the vintage neck profile less suited to contemporary styles, but it is easy to get used to.
Other premium features include having bone nut and saddle, which enhances sustain and resonance. While the price is justifiable for the craftsmanship, might be a hurdle for those on a tighter budget.
The Guild P-240 Memoir Parlor stands as a compelling option for those who can invest in a true to form parlor guitar with vintage tone and looks. For the complete specifications, visit Guild.