Guild X-500 Special Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965)Just Arrived!
Guild X-500 Special Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # DA-103, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body and neck; spruce top, ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case. Item # 7939
This is a very lovely full-body Guild from the 1960's, a fairly unique piece with a bit of a story. To begin with the X-500 is quite a high end model, roughly equivalent to Gibson's L-5CES although built with all-laminated woods instead of a fully carved top. There is multiple binding on the body, neck and headstock and the fingerboard inlay is the elaborate split block Epiphone style used only on top-line Guilds. This guitar is marked "Special" on the label, indicating it originally had at least one custom-ordered feature. Exactly what we can't say, as the guitar was sent back to Guild in the mid-70's for a refurbishing leading to a slightly odd but fully functional mix of '60's and '70's features.
The guitar appears structurally unaltered but to have been factory refinished at that time-this darker more amber sunburst is typical of the mid-70's and subtler than Guild's '60's red/black standard look. It was also fitted out with a mostly new set of hardware-the humbucking pickups in tri-mount rings, gold-capped knobs and Bigsby are all Guild spec. from around 1975. The tuners are also Grover Rotomatics from that era. The original 1965 back-painted Lucite pickguard has been neatly cut to accommodate the larger pickups. This mix of features makes this guitar rather unique, with the somewhat lighter built 1960's chassis outfitted with the darker, higher output 1970's pickups and a Bigsby.
Production figures for this model in any era are very low; Guild was having far more success with the thinline Starfires in 1965 and was mostly building flat-tops in the mid-70's. This unusual guitar spans the eras and is a great sounding and fine playing instrument, quite suitable for straight-ahead jazz and also more aggressive sounding electric styles.
Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/8 in. (7.9 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 remains in fine playing condition, with a recent refret using 60's style wire. There is some checking to the finish, small dings and typical wear to the gold plating but overall this is a nice clean guitar, complete in its original 1960's HSC. Excellent Condition.
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