GUILD X-79 (SKYHAWK)

  • Guild X-79 electric guitar

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1981 to 1985

The X-79 SKYHAWK was made between 1981 and 1985. The Guild X-79 had a futuristic asymmetrical mahogany body with set mahogany neck. Pickups were two Guild XR-7 humbuckers controlled by two volume, one tone controls and a 3-way selector switch. Coil tap or phase switch were optional. According to Guild production figures, 1790 were made in total.

Specifications (29)

General

Dimensions
972 × 546 × 38 mm
Finish colorsblack finish, green finish, red finish, white finish
Finish effectssparkle finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Controls

Controls materialblack controls
Number of control knobs3 control knobs
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelGuild XR-7 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

Body

Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresasymmetrical body, double cutaway
Pickguard materialblack pickguard

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

Neck

Headstock inlays or logospearl headstock inlay/logo
Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Neck width1.65 inches wide at nut
Number of frets24 fret
Peghead (headstock)black face headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Prices (1)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2017$500worn

Reviews (1)

GUILD X-79 (SKYHAWK) reviewed by Karldoog

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
I have a Guild X79 in solid black. It is an sexy and elegant guitar (ignore the Fender trolls who just can't get over it), with an incredibly-fast neck and amazing action. The cut-out gives you unparalleled access (no, REALLY!) to the 24th fret, and the body is comfortable either against your body or sitting down to play. On a strap, it is well-balanced and light. The mahogany body gives a nice warm tone, and the maple/ebony neck (finished in body color) gives you a nice bright counterpoint to the mahogany's depth. Pickups (I have the double-humbucker model) are special-wound Guild pickups which are versatile and work for any kind of application. Knob placement is common-sense, and the toggle switch as well is easy to access and manipulate in a hurry. The only downside (if you can call it that) is that the body design under your right arm does not provide as much support as conventional shapes, and so you may find your picking hand in an odd position if you're used to resting it against the body of a Strat, LP, or Explorer type.Other than that, the guitar's extreme playability, tone, and finish really make up for it. Highly recommended, if you can find one.

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Production Numbers

According to published Guild production figures 1790 X-79s were made frm 1981 to 1985, not 172

The guitarist from Gravity

The guitarist from Gravity Kills, Matt Dudenhoeffer, also played one. I saw it at a festival in WI.