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1963 to 1969

GUILD produced the DUANE EDDY 400 between 1963 and 1969. Guild, whilst using general artist endorsements did not manufacture many instruments using artist endorsement as model designations, unlike Gibson who made several in the sixties. One player selected for this honour was rock ‘n’ roll star Duane Eddy, During the same period as the George Barnes guitars were made, Guild designated the DE—400 as the Duane Eddy Standard model, and the DE- 500, as the Duane Eddy Deluxe.

Both guitars utilised the famous Guild shape of 17"jazz single cutaway body, but of 2" depth. Both guitars had spruce tops on maple bodies, the Deluxe being curly maple. The Standard had a mahogany neck with block inlaid rosewood fingerboard, whilst the Deluxe was a maple neck with genuine two colour mother of pearl block inlaid ebony board. The original Duane Eddy models featured the white single coil anti~hum Guild pick- ups, with a master volume control in addition to the usual twin volume and tone controls and the toggle selector switch. The Guild Bigsby vibrato tail-piece was fitted to both guitars.

Whilst Guild’s artist endorsement models were limited, George Barnes and Duane Eddy were in their time foremost jazz and rock players respectively, giving valuable exposure to this maker. Latterly Guild have been noted more by the players who use these instruments by choice, like John Denver, Paul Simon, Richie Havens and so-on, rather than players collecting royalties on their name applied to a specific model. The artist’s choice must always prove a higher endorsement than a player being paid to endorse instruments for advertising. 

Reference: Ken Achard. Mainly Electric, The Guild George Barnes and Duane Eddy guitars. Guitar, March 1978 page 9.

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Body back materialmaple body back
Body shape featuresarchtop, single cutaway
Body sides materialmaple body sides
Body stylearchtop
Body top materialspruce body top
Hollow bodysemi-hollow body
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


TailpieceBigsby vibrato
Bridgeadjustable bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


EQ or mix controlsmix control
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsnatural finish
Number of strings6 strings


Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets20 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

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