I would describe the sound as mellow, with very good base response, and solid treble. I have had this guitar for a year now, and I would not trade it for any other. I purchased mine for $900, but they seem to be advertised in most places for $1150. I did pick the Guild over the Martin (I can't remember which model) in the same price range. I love it.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $899.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Cintioli's Music - Philadelphia, PA
All Guilds are made in the US. The DV-52 is made in Rhode Island. The sides and back are rosewood, and the top is solid spruce. The fret board is ebony. I purchased mine as a straight acoustic, but Fishman electronics are offered as an option. The sound hole is trimmed in abalone rosette, and the tuners are gold finished.
This guitar plays like a dream. I have not played another guitar in the same class the feels as nice.
I mostly play fingerstyle folk, and I love the way my music sounds coming from my Guild. I has a mellow, kind of warm sound that really works well with my style. I would not change a thing.
I do not play live, so I cannot say for sure how it would work on stage. The intonation is good, and the action is relatively low (I have not measured). I do not have strap locks, although it would probably be a good idea since I have two scratches from it falling off of the strap! It does not seem to be overly sensitive ot climate changes. Not any more than any other acoustic.