GUILD X160 Rockabilly


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  • Guild Rockabilly X160 electric guitar


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1999 to 2003

GUILD made the Rockabilly X160 between 1999 and 2003. The Guild X160 Rockabilly was an arch-top guitar with an all maple body. The X160 uses the same body and neck as the X150. Like the X150, the X160 had a classic style laminated maple body (16" wide x 3"deep), finished in high gloss polyurethane, and has a bound Mahogany neck with the Guild Chesterfield logo. The fretboard of the X160 was solid rosewood with pearloid "block" inlays, and is rounded off with a Bigsby tailpiece and tremolo bridge.  Pickups were two DeArmond 2000s - the X-160s were the first production instruments to have the original DeArmond Model 2000 pickup in over twenty years.

The Guild X160 Rockabilly was built at Guild's Westerly, Rhode Island facilities, Unlike any other Guild Jazz guitar, the Rockabilly was available in four distinctive color options, including: Black; Tennessee Orange; Metallic Blue and Fiesta Red. When new the recommended retail price was $2,500.

Specifications (28)


Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelDeArmond 2000 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups


Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, orange finish, red finish
Finish effectsgloss finish
Finish materialpolyurethane finish
Made inUSA
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Body depth3 inches body
Body materiallaminated maple body
Body shape featuressingle cutaway
Body stylearchtop
Body width16 inches wide body
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers


Hardware colorchrome hardware
TailpieceBigsby Vibrato tailpiece
TunersGrover tuners


Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Prices (4)

2011$2400excellentSwingcatGreat guitar! Nails Swing, Rockabilly, Jump, and even sounds great for Blues, and decent Jazz tones.

Reviews (1)

GUILD X160 Rockabilly reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
I got completely stock orange Westerly built Guild X160 "Rockabilly" in a trade a couple of years ago. It's got great DeArmond 2000 pickups and a Bigsby licensed Guild tremolo. It's a pretty versatile guitar. Aside from great Rockabilly, I've played Blues gigs, played it a lot in a nine piece Western Swing band, and have even done a few Swing & Jazz shows as well with it. It's great for Chet Atkins/Merl Travis style picking' as well. I play it mainly thru a Deluxe Reverb '65 Blackface reissue, but have done shows & dances plugged into a Mexican Blues Junior (best sounding circuit) and an original American Blues Deluxe as well. It sounds great thru all these amps. The Jazz tone is just a tad muddy, as one would expect with single coils voiced for Rockabilly. At one point, for some reason, (I'm not sure what I was thinking), I decided to put a roller bridge on it, but I plan on putting the stock bridge back on, as it stayed in tune just fine before. Fit & finish are excellent, it's performed flawlessly for the four or five years I've had it, it seems pretty durable and doesn't scratch easily.Tones are pretty versatile, especially for genres it was designed for. Playability is excellent and it's pretty resistant to change due to temp and humidity. I've not had to adjust the truss rod at all. It's a great guitar!

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They are DeArmond 2000

They are DeArmond 2000 pickups...NOT 2K. (there isn't a deArmond 2000 in the drop-down menu, so I can see why the mistake was made.)

2K and 2000's are completely different pickups. The 2K are very much like P-90's, whereas the 2000 are more like DynaSonics.

DeArmond Pickups

Thanks for the correction - I have added the DeArmond 2000 pickup to the options box & corrected this page.