This is a second year of manufacture 1954 Guild X-175 made in the first shop in New York City--it has the intact and coveted NYC label with clearly legible serial number--it is a truly lovely sounding Jazz and Rockabilly and Blues instrument--it excels at these 3 genres even though it made its reputation as a Jazz guitar--they are scarce to rare especially in this kind of eminently playable condition--you can go years without seeing one for sale. I called the condition "Good" which more or less describes the cosmetic issues with the guitar but both structurally as well as electronically it is in excellent condition.There are some alterations though--none that affect the sound--all the electronics including the dual Franz pickups are original. The jack is original but has been repaired--the work is professionally done and is cleated from the inside -- this is shown in the scans--the jack is consequently solid and noiseless. The tuners on it were non-originals so i put vintage Kluson Deluxe reissues on it--they are exactly what it had when it came from the factory including the nickel buttons confirmed by Hans Moust's book as well as various images on the internet--i tried to make it "look" original. The guild logo on the headstock has been sanded almost off--not the name but the little gold crown logo--no idea why--shown in the scans.
It appears a small piece of binding has been replaced down by the neck intersection--not sure but there's a bit of glue around the binding--it's more likely that a piece was heated then re-glued but perhaps it's replaced--hard to say--the binding used if it's a replacement was equally aged and the work is seamless. The entire front of the guitar has finish checking as expected--these early New York Guilds were finished by furniture makers and they are notorious for this cool checking--there are no cracks or repairs anywhere in the guitar other than the noted jack--the finish checking is shown in the scans. The guitar may have had a neck re-set--the neck is perfect--the action excellent with room to lower though that is unnecessary right now with the e string at 3/32nds at the 12th fret and no buzzing.
It sounds and plays like the proverbial dream and the case is a real shocker--the consensus at the luthiers shop is this is real alligator using a technique common in those days where it's heat pressed on to fabric. There's knobs are original and very cool and the pots are not scratchy--the sound coming out of the old wood is mellow and has characteristics very unique to the Franz pickups. So it is a player's guitar with the important components all original and the neck straight--frets are also original and useful--they have room to be dressed at some point--the back as you can see is in excellent shape. It's really a very beautiful instrument with a huge heart and decades of playing life left in it--has a full set up--new strings--cleaned and polished and ready to go out of the case.
Thank you for looking--no reserve. The item "1954 Guild X-175 NYC Label w Alligator OHSC" is in sale since Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "glemons3p26" and is located in Port Townsend, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States.