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NAMM Day 1: Guild electrics return

Ronnie Dungan
NAMM Day 1: Guild electrics return

Fender has brought back a number of classic Guild electric models.

The new range sees the return of a number of classic shapes from the 1950s and 1960s including the Savoy, Manhattan, Aristocrat and Starfire models.

The  A-150 Savoy acoustic-electric pairs a late-1950s Guild orchestra model with a DeArmond 1000 floating pickup. Features include a 17” x 3.25” hollow body, solid spruce top, curly maple back and sides, three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck, 24.75” scale length, rosewood fingerboard with 9.45” radius and 20 “vintage tall” frets, pearloid block inlays, DeArmond 1000 floating pickup, pickguard-mount volume control, compensated rosewood bridge, Guild “harp” tailpiece, Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines and nickel-plated hardware. Available in Antique Burst and Blonde finishes.

The X-175 Manhattanhas a hollow body, three-piece neck and dual single-coil pickups. Features include a 17” x 3.25” hollow body, laminated spruce top, maple back and sides, three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck, 24.75” scale length, rosewood fingerboard with 9.45” radius and 20 “vintage tall” frets, pearloid block inlays, dual single-coil pickups, three-way pickup toggle switch, two volume and two tone controls, rosewood bridge, Guild “harp” tailpiece, Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines and nickel-plated hardware. 

Guild’s X-175B Manhattan (pictured) also features the addition of a Guild Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.

The compact and lightweight M-75 Aristocratmodel evokes its predecessor of the early 1950s, with a single-cutaway hollow body specifically designed to produce the resonance of a larger instrument. Other premium features include a three-piece neck and dual single-coil pickups. Features include a 13.5” x 2” hollow body, laminated spruce top, laminated mahogany back and sides, three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck, 24.75” scale length, rosewood fingerboard with 9.45” radius and 22 “vintage tall” frets, pearloid block inlays, dual single-coil pickups, three-way pickup toggle switch, two volume and two tone controls, Adjusto-Matic bridge, Guild “harp” tailpiece, Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines and gold-plated hardware.

The Starfire III (pictured) has an extra-thin hollow body and  single Florentine cutaway. Features include a 16 3/8” x 2” hollow body, laminated mahogany top, back and sides, 24.75” scale length, one-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with 9.45” radius and 20 “vintage tall” frets, pearloid dot inlays, dual “anti-hum” pickups, three-way pickup toggle switch, two volume and two tone controls, Adjusto-Matic bridge on rosewood base, Guild Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines and nickel-plated hardware. It is available in Cherry Red finish.

With a double-cutaway and thinline body the Starfire IV includes a three-piece neck and special vintage-style “anti-hum” pickups. Features include a 16 3/8” x 2” semi-hollow body, laminated mahogany top, back and sides, 24.75” scale length, three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with 9.45” radius and 22 “vintage tall” frets, pearloid dot inlays, dual “anti-hum” pickups, three-way pickup toggle switch, two volume and two tone controls, Adjusto-Matic bridge on rosewood base, Guild “harp” tailpiece, Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines and nickel-plated hardware. It is also available in Cherry Red.

The Starfire Bass also returns, featuring anextra-thin semi-hollow body, double-cutaway design and a single Bi-Sonic pickup. Features include a 16 3/8” x 2” semi-hollow body, laminated mahogany top, back and sides, 30.5” scale length, three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with 12” radius and 21 “vintage tall” frets, pearloid dot inlays, single Bi-Sonic pickup, single volume and tone controls, Guild “harp” combination bridge/tailpiece, finger and thumb rests, Grover tuning machines and nickel-plated hardware.

Guild style from the ’70s is back with the return of the solid-body S-100 Polara guitar. With a solid and slightly offset mahogany body, it also features a distinctive 24.75” scale, rock-solid mahogany neck and a pair of “anti-hum” pickups. Features include a solid mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, 24.75” scale length, rosewood fingerboard with 12” radius and 22 “vintage tall” frets, pearloid block inlays, dual “anti-hum” pickups, three-way pickup toggle switch, two volume and two tone controls, Adjusto-Matic bridge, Guild “stop” tailpiece, Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines and nickel-plated hardware.

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