- electric guitars
Dates of manufacture:
GUILD produced the GEORGE BARNES GUITAR IN F between 1963 and 1965. The George Barnes Guitar in “F" was a smaller sister model to the George Barnes Acousti—Lectric. Constructed with the same freely vibrating table design the Guitar in "F" was just l3 1/2" wide, was 2 7/8" deep and had a body length of 17 1/4". This guitar had the same electrics as the Acousti-Lectric. This small instrument had a mahogany body with carved spruce top and was available in sunburst or cherry- red shaded finishes. The mahogany neck was fitted with a block—inlaid rosewood finger- board. and the scale was a short 22 3/4".
George Barnes used two Guitars in "F" in his famous ten man guitar section in the same fashion as the alto sax would be used in a sax section. The guitar was tuned A-E-C-G-D-A.
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.