Guild X-175 BL Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966)
Guild X-175 BL Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # EG-119, natural lacquer finish, maple body, spruce top; laminated mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case. Item # 7597
The X-175 is one of the Guild company's most venerable designs, a full-body two pickup electric archtop at home both as a straight jazz guitar and in vintage rock'n'roll styles. The X-175 was not top-of-the-line but is a fairly deluxe guitar, in the middle of Guild's original 1950's line but both larger and fancier than Gibson's otherwise similar ES-175. The 17" body is triple bound and features a laminated spruce top, much like its Epiphone ancestors. Two Guild humbucking pickups are mated to a Gibson-style wiring rig with a 3-way switch and individual tone and volume controls.
The rosewood fingerboard is bound with pearloid block inlays, while the headstock carries an inlaid Guild logo and vertical column. The tuners are the fancy covered Kolb units with trapezoidal pearloid buttons seen on more expensive Guilds. This is a fairly rare Guild instrument, an older style full-body guitar far less popular in the 1960's than the company's thinlines. This natural example is a fairly rare guitar as less than 250 X-175's were built from 1965-69 and many of those were sunburst.
Overall length is 42 1/8 in. (107 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 in. (7.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This guitar is well played but also well cared for; it shows signs of a lot of use but no serious damage or repair work. The finish is worn down to the wood on the back of the neck from play and there are small dings, light pickwear and dents overall, including one larger spot of buckle wear through the finish on the back. The top shows some small checks to the top laminate layer of spruce, mostly above the fingerboard but there are no cracks through-this is not a solid-top guitar. The bridge base was cleanly lowered from the bottom and expertly-refitted to the top (it looks like long ago) it looks a bit odd (the ends are shortened and rounded off) but works perfectly well. The fingerboard has some light divoting but the original frets remain in surprisingly good condition-the instrument likely had flatwound strings fitted from day one. Overall the guitar has a lovely played-in feel; from the smoothly worn neck to the top of the bridge subtly rounded off from contact with the players' hands the instrument has that instant player-friendly vibe of a well-loved instrument. Includes a more recent HSC. Excellent - Condition.
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