• Guild Freshman M-65 electric guitar
    Guild Freshman M-65


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1959 to 1968

The Guild Freshman M-65 was introduced in the late 1950s. The Freshman M-65 was a compact archtop electric with a hollow body and single pickup. It was available in both full sized (24.75" scale length, weight 5lbs) and three-quarter sized versions (22.75" scale length, weight 4.75lbs)

Specifications (30)


5 lb
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length22.75 inches scale-length, 24.75 inches scale-length


Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelGuild Frequency Tested pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 single coil pickup


Body depth2 inches body depth
Body length17.125 inches body length
Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuressingle cutaway
Body stylearchtop
Body top materialspruce body top
Body width13.5 inches wide body
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


Bridgeadjustable metal bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware
Tailpieceharp tailpiece


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


Headstock inlays or logospearl headstock inlay/logo
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)black face headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Prices (4)

1959$275newguitar-listList price for sunburst, full sized M-65
1959$235newguitar-listList price for sunburst, three-quarter sized M-65
1962$75newjeffrey Sgood condition

Reviews (1)

GUILD M-65 reviewed by Jim Ettwein

Average: 5 (1 vote)
I got one of these when I was a young teen... back in 1964 or so. It was the full scale model, not the 3/4. I loved this guitar (well, still do, since I still have it). It fingers like a dream with its slim neck. It's lightweight since it's a hollow body. The single pickup is plenty to drive a good solid blues or rock sound. Not a guitar for special effect, just for great playing and a classic look. I guess the durability could be classified as excellent, since I played many, many gigs with it and it's still beautiful and nice to play. I saw one today on ebay for $2,800. Pretty good value since I paid about $300 for it new. Bought it at a music store in Allentown, PA. I did have a luthier check it out and do some minor maintenance about 15 years ago. To protect it after its checkup I had a custom case made by G&G of LA, CA. The case is awesome, too.

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I have a 1959 Guild M65 full size