GUILD made the GEORGE BARNES ACOUSTI-LECTRIC between 1964 and 1967. No "f" holes were cut into the carved spruce top of this full 17” wide jazz bodied instrument which was 3 1/8" deep and 21" long in body and which was carved from highly figured curly maple. The finish was in a choice of blonde or sunburst. An internal brace bar was fitted longitudinally inside the body of the guitar, on to which were fixed the twin humbucking pick-ups and which in turn float through two oblong holes cut into the top.
The Acousti- Lectric had a great deal of power and penetration, whilst the design permitted the natural resonance of the instrument to blend with the electrics when utilised. Apart from the pick—up selector toggle on the body cutaway, there was no attachment to hinder the full resonant quality of the table. The tone and volume controls were mounted on the pick-guard which was cut in the familiar Artist Award "stepped" design — a remnant of Guild`s New York infancy. Other famous Jazz guitars were fitted with pick-guards of this style, notably those by John D’Angelico.
The George Barnes guitar was fitted with a three piece rock maple neck, carrying a bound ebony fingerboard. Block pearl inlays ere used. and there was an inlay at the first fret.
The Acousti—Lectric was not the only guitar which Guild manufactured with the George Barnes endorsement. A smaller sister model was produced known as the George Barnes Guitar in “F".
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.