Guild Benedetto Johnny Smith Award


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Dates of manufacture: 

1999 to 2006

Robert Benedetto updated the design of the Guild Johnny Smith Award archtop in 1999 - changing the carve of the top and back, the bracing, the shape of the f-holes and pickguard. This model was initially made in limited numbers in the Guild Westerly Rhode Island factory and has a "Benedetto" inlay in the fingerboard. The headstock has a pearl "GUILD" logo and engraved abalone and pearl "Artist Award Model" inlay on the front, and typically are signed by Johnny Smith on the back.

Production carried on in the Fender Corona facility up until around 2006, when Benedetto parted company with Fender/Guild. Bob Benedetto has a photo of Johnny Smith signing a run of Guild Benedetto Signature Johnny Smith Awards (on the back of the headstock) at the Fender, Corona, plant - (link: Johnny Smith signing Guild guitars).

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Bindingbody binding, neck binding
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.6 inches scale length


Body back materialflamed maple body back
Body shape featurescarved top, single cutaway
Body sides materialflamed maple body sides
Body stylearchtop
Body top materialspruce body top
Pickguard materialblack pickguard
Pickguard shapepickguard, raised pickguard, stepped pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Headstock inlays or logosBrand name logo or inlay on headstock
Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut


Bridgeadjustable ebony bridge
Hardware colorgold hardware
Tailpieceharp tailpiece
TunersGrover Imperial tuners


Fingerboard inlay materialabalone fingerboard inlay material, pearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerstriangle-in-block fingerboard position markers


Pickups brand and modelBenedetto S-6 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 humbucker pickup


Volume controls1 volume control

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Guild Benedetto Johnny Smith Award reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Hi. I have 2 Super 400'S, a 175, an L-5 Lee Ritenour, Gretsch White Falcon, a 335, and numerous Les Pauls, &tc : The point is that this Guild-Benedetto has the most astonishing sound ( is maybe tied with 1 Super 400) , the hands down best acoustic sound ; I have to turn it up loud to hear the amplified sound over the acoustic sound of what is sitting in my lap. The scale length is a challenge, as is the neck width or radius or something, it is all adaptable. I traded a Lincoln MARK VIII with 50,000 miles, and some cash for this guitar, and have never looked back. The only comparable experience in my 66 years of playing was my first "real" guitar. I tried to find "THE" sound for a year, and gave up - nothing sounded like my teacher's guitar - so she sold me her Guild. If you ever get a chance to own one, consider it seriously, they are RARE (around 80 made) and are utterly superlative in sound.

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