GUILD ELECTRIC ARCHTOP X SERIES

Guild’s laminated archtop series of guitars are the workhorses of the jazz guitar world. The X500, X500T, X160 and X150 are direct descendants of models dating back to 1953 and 1954. Guild’s reputation was originally built on its jazz guitar roots and roster--including New York City session players like Johnny Smith, Carl Kress, and George Barnes. The X series of archtop electric Jazz style guitars runs from the early fifties to the present day.

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GUILD X-160 SAVOY

GUILD produced the X-160 SAVOY between 1991 and 1995

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GUILD X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000)

GUILD stopped making the X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000) in 2003

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GUILD X-350 STRATFORD

GUILD produced the X-350 STRATFORD between 1952 and 1973

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GUILD X-375 STRATFORD

The X-375 STRATFORD was made between 1952 and 1973

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GUILD X-400

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GUILD X-440

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GUILD X-550P (NO. 395-8800)

Guild introduced the X-550P model in 2004

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GUILD X150 SAVOY

The GUILD X150 SAVOY was a single cutaway archtop originally made between 1954 and 1965, but then reintroduced again in 1998 and made until around 2005.  The X150 body is laminated curly maple; the neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard and block inlays. The  Savoy had a single custom designed Guild chrome plated humbucking pickup (earlier 1950s and 1960s models had different pickups), with chrome Grover tuners and Guild harp tailpiece.

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GUILD X150D SAVOY

The GUILD X150D SAVOY was the two pickup version of the X150 single cutaway archtop. The X150D was introduced in 1998 and made until around 2003.  The X150D body is laminated curly maple; the neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard and block inlays. The Savoy had two custom designed Guild chrome plated humbucking pickup, with chrome Grover tuners and Guild harp tailpiece. Available in Blonde and Antique Sunburst, also in left handed configuration.

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GUILD X160 Rockabilly

GUILD made the Rockabilly X160 between 1999 and 2003. The Guild X160 Rockabilly was an arch-top guitar with an all maple body. The X160 uses the same body and neck as the X150. Like the X150, the X160 had a classic style laminated maple body (16" wide x 3"deep), finished in high gloss polyurethane, and has a bound Mahogany neck with the Guild Chesterfield logo.

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GUILD X170 MANHATTAN

GUILD manufactured the X170 MANHATTAN between 1988 and 2002. The Guild X170 is a typical archtop jazz style single cutaway guitar. It has a multi-laminate maple body in medium-full size: 16 5/8" wide by 2 1/2" deep. Its slightly slimmer design makes the X170  more comfortable to hold and to play than a full depth jazz box. Guild pitched the X170 Manhattan model as a highly versatile guitar- with rich, professional tone quality and excellence of workmanship at a moderate price. Finish options were Tennessee Orange, Antique Burst or  Blonde

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GUILD X170B MANHATTAN

The GUILD X170B MANHATTAN archtop was identical to the X170 Manhattan but with the addition of a gold Bigsby vibrato tailpiece for extra twang (instead of a harp tailpiece) and an extra $100 in cost.

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GUILD X175 MANHATTAN (X-175B)

GUILD manufactured the X-175 MANHATTAN between 1954 and 1984. It was a single cutaway hollow bodied electric. From 1954-1962 the X-175 had two soap bar single coils, but these were replaced by two humbuckers from then on. Finish was sunburst or more rarely blonde (the X-175B model).

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GUILD X50 (GRANADA, CORDOBA)

GUILD introduced the X50 archtop in 1952. The X50 was a deep bodied non-cutaway archtop the equivalent of a Gibson ES-125 or Epiphone Century. It was intially called the Granada-50, then in 1959 it was renamed the Granada X-50 . In 1960 this model became the Guild Cordoba X-50 The X-50 had a single Guild "Frequency Tested" single coil soapbar pickup. This model was also available as an acoustic guitar (A-50) or as a thinline archtop (the T-50 model).

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GUILD X500

GUILD made the X-500 between 1953 and 1995. It is a hollow bodied electric - similar in design to the Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent. This popular laminated archtop was one of Guild’s Stuart series guitars but was replaced by the carved top X700 in 1993.  The X-550 was the blonde version of the X-500 and the X-550 designation was changed to X-500B around 1960.

Pickups were changed to DeArmonds in 1961 and to humbuckers in 1963. The X-500 first had individual Kluson tuners, then Kolb in 1957 and Grover Rotomatic tuners in 1965.

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GUILD X700 STUART

According to Guild, the Stuart X700 was the ultimate in electric jazz guitars, the pride of their sound engineers and wood craftsmen. Its distinctive fast-action neck was fashioned of 5-piece selected maple and mahogany. The choice ebony fretboard was elegantly inlaid with deluxe two-tone abalone and mother of pearl position markers. The Stuart's full "Venetian" cutaway body was 17 3/4" wide by 3 1/2" deep and boasted the same graduated carved solid spruce top as the Artist Award.

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GUILD X700 STUART BENEDETTO

According to Guild, the Stuart X700 Benedetto Signature model (a redesign of the Guild X700 Stuart by Robert Benedetto) was the ultimate in electric jazz guitars, the pride of our sound engineers and wood craftsmen. Its distinctive fast action, 5-piece neck is fashioned of select flame Maple with an Ebony fretboard elegantly inlaid with deluxe two-tone Abalone and Mother-of-Pearl position markers. The Stuart’s full Venetian cutaway body is 17" wide by 3" deep and boasts the same graduated, carved solid Spruce top as the Artist Award.

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GUILD X770 STUART

The Guild X770 model was advertised in 1998 but did not make it into full production, though there may be some prototype X770s out there somewhere. It was like the X700 but with a longer 25.5" scale length and a single humbucking pickup - some similarities to the Benedetto X700 Stuart design.

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Specifications:

ModelImageConfigurationFinish colorsMade inNumber of stringsScale lengthFinish effectsFinish materialBinding
GUILD X-160 SAVOY
1991 to 1995
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GUILD X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000)
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GUILD X-350 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-375 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-400
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GUILD X-440
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GUILD X-550P (NO. 395-8800)
2004
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GUILD X150 SAVOY
1954 to 1965
1998 to 2005
left-handed configurationblonde finishUSA6 strings24.75 inches scale-length---
GUILD X150D SAVOY
1998 to 2003
left-handed configurationblonde finishUSA6 strings24.75 inches scale-length---
GUILD X160 Rockabilly
1999 to 2003
-black finish, blue finish, orange finish, red finishUSA-24.75 inches scale-lengthgloss finishpolyurethane finish-
GUILD X170 MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
-blonde finish, orange finishUSA6 strings24.75 inches scale-lengthsunburst finish--
GUILD X170B MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
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GUILD X175 MANHATTAN (X-175B)
1954 to 1984
2013
-blonde finishKorea, USA6 strings-sunburst finish--
GUILD X50 (GRANADA, CORDOBA)
1952 to 1970
--USA6 strings-sunburst finish--
GUILD X500
1953 to 1995
2008
-blonde finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-lengthsunburst finish--
GUILD X700 STUART
1988 to 1999
-blonde finish, brown finish, honey finishUSA6 strings24.75 inches scale-lengthgloss finish, sunburst finishnitrocellulose finishbody binding, neck binding
GUILD X700 STUART BENEDETTO
2001 to 2006
-blonde finish, brown finish, honey finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-lengthgloss finish, sunburst finishnitrocellulose finishbody binding, neck binding
GUILD X770 STUART
1998
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ModelBody back materialBody shape featuresBody sides materialBody top materialHollow bodyPickguard shapeSoundholeBody depthBody materialBody styleBody widthPickguard material
GUILD X-160 SAVOY
1991 to 1995
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GUILD X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000)
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GUILD X-350 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-375 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-400
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GUILD X-440
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GUILD X-550P (NO. 395-8800)
2004
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GUILD X150 SAVOY
1954 to 1965
1998 to 2005
flamed maple body backsingle cutawaylaminated maple body sidesflamed maple body tophollow bodyraised pickguard2 f-holes-----
GUILD X150D SAVOY
1998 to 2003
flamed maple body backsingle cutawaylaminated maple body sidesflamed maple body tophollow bodyraised pickguard2 f-holes-----
GUILD X160 Rockabilly
1999 to 2003
-single cutaway--hollow bodyraised pickguard2 f-holes3 inches bodylaminated maple bodyarchtop16 inches wide bodyblack pickguard
GUILD X170 MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
maple body backarchtop, single cutawaymaple body sidesmaple body tophollow body-2 f-holes--archtop16.5 inches bodyblack pickguard
GUILD X170B MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
maple body backarchtop, single cutawaymaple body sidesmaple body tophollow body-2 f-holes--archtop16.5 inches bodyblack pickguard
GUILD X175 MANHATTAN (X-175B)
1954 to 1984
2013
maple body backarchtop, single cutawaymaple body sides-hollow body-2 f-holes--archtop-black pickguard
GUILD X50 (GRANADA, CORDOBA)
1952 to 1970
mahogany body backarchtopmahogany body sidesspruce body tophollow bodyraised pickguard2 f-holes2.9 inches body depth-archtop16.75 inches body width-
GUILD X500
1953 to 1995
2008
maple body backarchtop, single cutawaymaple body sideslaminated spruce body tophollow body-2 f-holes--archtop-tortoiseshell pickguard
GUILD X700 STUART
1988 to 1999
flamed maple body backsingle cutawayflamed maple body sidesspruce body tophollow bodyraised pickguard2 f-holes3.5 inches body depth-archtop17.75 inches body widthblack pickguard
GUILD X700 STUART BENEDETTO
2001 to 2006
flamed maple body backsingle cutawayflamed maple body sidesspruce body tophollow bodyraised pickguard2 f-holes3 inches body-archtop17 inches wide bodyblack pickguard
GUILD X770 STUART
1998
maple body backsingle cutawaymaple body sidesspruce body tophollow bodyraised pickguard2 f-holes--archtop--
ModelBridgeHardware colorTailpieceTuners
GUILD X-160 SAVOY
1991 to 1995
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GUILD X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000)
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GUILD X-350 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-375 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-400
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GUILD X-440
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GUILD X-550P (NO. 395-8800)
2004
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GUILD X150 SAVOY
1954 to 1965
1998 to 2005
adjustable rosewood bridgechrome hardwareharp tailpieceGrover tuners
GUILD X150D SAVOY
1998 to 2003
adjustable rosewood bridgechrome hardwareharp tailpieceGrover tuners
GUILD X160 Rockabilly
1999 to 2003
-chrome hardwareBigsby Vibrato tailpieceGrover tuners
GUILD X170 MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
adjustable rosewood bridgechrome hardware, gold hardwareharp tailpieceGrover Rotomatic tuners
GUILD X170B MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
adjustable rosewood bridgegold hardwareBigsby Vibrato tailpieceGrover Rotomatic tuners
GUILD X175 MANHATTAN (X-175B)
1954 to 1984
2013
adjustable rosewood bridgechrome hardwareBigsby Vibrato tailpiece, harp tailpiece-
GUILD X50 (GRANADA, CORDOBA)
1952 to 1970
adjustable rosewood bridgenickel hardwaretrapeze tailpiece-
GUILD X500
1953 to 1995
2008
adjustable ebony bridgegold hardware, gold-plated hardwaretrapeze tailpieceGrover Imperial tuners, Grover Rotomatic tuners, Kluson tuners, Kolb tuners
GUILD X700 STUART
1988 to 1999
adjustable rosewood bridgegold-plated hardwareharp tailpieceGrover Imperial tuners
GUILD X700 STUART BENEDETTO
2001 to 2006
adjustable rosewood bridgegold-plated hardwareharp tailpieceGrover tuners
GUILD X770 STUART
1998
adjustable ebony bridgegold hardwareharp tailpiece-
ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markersInlay at 12th fret
GUILD X-160 SAVOY
1991 to 1995
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GUILD X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000)
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GUILD X-350 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-375 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-400
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GUILD X-440
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GUILD X-550P (NO. 395-8800)
2004
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GUILD X150 SAVOY
1954 to 1965
1998 to 2005
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X150D SAVOY
1998 to 2003
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X160 Rockabilly
1999 to 2003
-rosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X170 MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X170B MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X175 MANHATTAN (X-175B)
1954 to 1984
2013
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X50 (GRANADA, CORDOBA)
1952 to 1970
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X500
1953 to 1995
2008
abalone fingerboard inlay material, mother of pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X700 STUART
1988 to 1999
abalone fingerboard inlay material, mother of pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboardtriangle-in-block fingerboard position markers-
GUILD X700 STUART BENEDETTO
2001 to 2006
abalone fingerboard inlay material, mother of pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboardtriangle-in-block fingerboard position markersbrand logo inlay at 12th fret
GUILD X770 STUART
1998
abalone fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboard--
ModelHeadstock inlays or logosNeck materialNeck widthNumber of fretsTuner layoutNeck jointPeghead (headstock)Body fret
GUILD X-160 SAVOY
1991 to 1995
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GUILD X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000)
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GUILD X-350 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-375 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-400
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GUILD X-440
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GUILD X-550P (NO. 395-8800)
2004
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GUILD X150 SAVOY
1954 to 1965
1998 to 2005
pearl headstock inlay/logomahogany neck1.69 inches wide at nut20 fretthree-each-side---
GUILD X150D SAVOY
1998 to 2003
pearl headstock inlay/logomahogany neck-20 fretthree-each-side---
GUILD X160 Rockabilly
1999 to 2003
-mahogany neck1.69 inches wide at nut-three-each-sideset neck--
GUILD X170 MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
pearl headstock inlay/logo--20 fretthree-each-side---
GUILD X170B MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
pearl headstock inlay/logo--20 fretthree-each-side---
GUILD X175 MANHATTAN (X-175B)
1954 to 1984
2013
pearl headstock inlay/logomahogany neck-20 fretthree-each-side-black face headstock-
GUILD X50 (GRANADA, CORDOBA)
1952 to 1970
---20 fretthree-each-side-black face headstockNeck joins body at 14th fret
GUILD X500
1953 to 1995
2008
---20 fretthree-each-side-bound headstock-
GUILD X700 STUART
1988 to 1999
-maple/mahogany neck1.69 inches wide at nut20 fretthree-each-sideset neck--
GUILD X700 STUART BENEDETTO
2001 to 2006
--1.69 inches wide at nut20 fretthree-each-side---
GUILD X770 STUART
1998
---20 fretthree-each-side-bound headstock-
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configuration
GUILD X-160 SAVOY
1991 to 1995
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GUILD X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000)
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GUILD X-350 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-375 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-400
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GUILD X-440
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GUILD X-550P (NO. 395-8800)
2004
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GUILD X150 SAVOY
1954 to 1965
1998 to 2005
Guild HB-1 pickup(s)1 humbucker pickup
GUILD X150D SAVOY
1998 to 2003
Guild HB-1 pickup(s), Guild SD-1 pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GUILD X160 Rockabilly
1999 to 2003
DeArmond 2K pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GUILD X170 MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
Guild SD-1 pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GUILD X170B MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
Guild SD-1 pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GUILD X175 MANHATTAN (X-175B)
1954 to 1984
2013
-2 humbucker pickups, 2 soapbar pickups
GUILD X50 (GRANADA, CORDOBA)
1952 to 1970
Guild Frequency Tested pickup(s)1 single coil pickup
GUILD X500
1953 to 1995
2008
DeArmond pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups, 2 single coil pickups
GUILD X700 STUART
1988 to 1999
Guild SD-1 pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GUILD X700 STUART BENEDETTO
2001 to 2006
Benedetto A-6 pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GUILD X770 STUART
1998
Guild SD-1 pickup(s)1 humbucker pickup
ModelTone controlsVolume controlsPickup selector controls
GUILD X-160 SAVOY
1991 to 1995
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GUILD X-180 PARK AVENUE (NO. 360-8000)
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GUILD X-350 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-375 STRATFORD
1952 to 1973
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GUILD X-400
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GUILD X-440
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GUILD X-550P (NO. 395-8800)
2004
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GUILD X150 SAVOY
1954 to 1965
1998 to 2005
1 tone control1 volume control-
GUILD X150D SAVOY
1998 to 2003
2 tone controls1 volume control-
GUILD X160 Rockabilly
1999 to 2003
1 tone control1 volume control3-way selector switch
GUILD X170 MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
2 tone controls2 volume controls3-way selector switch
GUILD X170B MANHATTAN
1988 to 2002
2 tone controls2 volume controls3-way selector switch
GUILD X175 MANHATTAN (X-175B)
1954 to 1984
2013
1 tone control1 volume control3-way selector switch
GUILD X50 (GRANADA, CORDOBA)
1952 to 1970
1 tone control1 volume control-
GUILD X500
1953 to 1995
2008
2 tone controls2 volume controls3-way selector switch
GUILD X700 STUART
1988 to 1999
2 tone controls3 volume controls-
GUILD X700 STUART BENEDETTO
2001 to 2006
2 tone controls3 volume controls-
GUILD X770 STUART
1998
1 tone control1 volume control-