Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age

Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age

Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age
Please be clear--this is not a project guitar in any way--it is an instrument a professional musician--particularly a professional Jazz player--can take out of the case and play live or record with--it's been completely gone over by my luthier and is re-strung with 11s--cleaned --polished--set up for my preferences as well as intonated. This is an early guild Archtop Jazz/Blues guitar--it has maple laminate body with what i believe is a solid spruce top--the top may be laminate as well but the grain is very distinct--like solid wood--and it is definitely spruce. It's a big bodies guitar as most Jazz boxes are--with a lower bout width of 17"/body depth of 3"/nut width of 1.70"/scale--24.7"/fingerboard--brazilian rosewood/tonewoods -- maple and spruce--the 6 button selector switches all work in configuration with all 3 pickups and are controlled by the master volume and tone knobs. The Franz pickups are in my opinion the best single coil pickups ever made--they were only made on guilds from 1952--1962--i also have a 1961 starfire e with the Franz pups as well as a blond 58 m-65--i dearly love these pickups especially for jazz and blues and swing and rockabilly.

You can see the condition from the scans--there's checking--there's expected dings and blemishes--there's a tiny bit of binding shrinkage near the heel (shown) and a small piece of the mop missing on the fretboard that does not affect playing--the brazilian board is in good shape and there is life on the frets and enough left of them to crown--i prefer them in their current condition--not flattened but well worn in and smooth--no buzzing up and down the neck and as you can see the neck is in good condition with no gouges or issues for smooth movement. The case is original and also in great interior condition for its age--the outside is worn but the latches all work and there are no bad smells or stains.

It's really a grand old instrument and it is looking for a new home--guild collectors will be very pleased to receive this and jazz players who value beautifully crafted excellent and dynamic range old world electric archtops will not be disappointed in this instrument. There can't be very many of these left in this very good original condition. The special order mentioned that for all appearances is a factory job--are the two mini-toggle switches which are coil splitters and not taps--this is what adds tremendously to the diversity and tonal range of the ceramic stock dirty fingers pickups.

The black string pin missing in scan 6 fell in the case when i was re-stringing the guitar--it's now back on--and fully functioning. The scale is 25.5--for the Guild--the headstock has been blacklit and the guitar has no cracks or repairs. Just a note--in living memory of myself and the previous owner-- which accounts for all but the first 20 years of this guitars life--leaving the first part a complete blank--this guitar has never had a neck re-set. It is a 64 year old guitar which means a lot of its past life is shrouded in mystery--but it is also a beautiful looking and sounding instrument that is in no way ready for retirement.

The item "Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age" is in sale since Friday, February 03, 2017. 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.
Early 1953 Guild X-350 Stratford-all Original w OHSC-amazing condition for age


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