Guild M-65D Special Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1970)
Guild M-65D Special Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1970), made in Westerly, RI, serial # ED-440, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case. Item # 7604
This Guild M-65D is a very obscure but great playing little guitar, with a small fully hollow F-hole body fairly unusual in the 1960's. This example was custom ordered in 1970 with two pickups and the rarer full-scale neck; the M-65 was offered stock with only a single pickup and many are the 3/4 model with a short-scale fingerboard. The label is stamped "Special" with the guitar noted as an "M-65D SB" confirming its custom status. Despite its diminutive body the guitar is surprisingly full sounding, while still incredibly light and very comfortable to handle. It even sports some subtle flame to the laminated maple body-most M-65's use mahogany for the back and sides. This interesting guitar was made in mid-1970, right at the time Guild was finishing moving out of their Hoboken factory; the "natural-with-decal" headstock facing and handwriting on the label confirm this to be an early Westerly-made instrument. Despite this it still sports typical older 1960's features including the two "Mickey Mouse" single-coil pickups with chrome edging, two-footed wooden-saddle adjustable bridge and German-made individual Kolb tuners with a Guild logo. This is a very rare guitar, and the first example of this higher-end variation on the M-65 we have had. One of Guild's cool but often forgotten gems, this M-65D is a neat piece of highly unusual vintage Guild cool. Keith Richards played what looks like a customized M-65D for a period in 1965, but otherwise this versatile and much more useful two-pickup variation on the usually student-grade model is almost unknown.
Overall length is 39 9/16 in. (100.5 cm.), 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/16 in. (5.2 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.). Dings, dents and light playwear overall but not a heavily used guitar. All original, the only damage is an old crack through the mounting screw area of the plastic pickguard. Plays very nicely, a really cool example of a very rare Guild. Complete with the original chipboard case in good shape. Excellent - Condition.
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