GUILD X500

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  • electric guitars

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Dates of manufacture: 

1953 to 1995
2008

GUILD made the X-500 between 1953 and 1995. It is a hollow bodied electric - similar in design to the Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent. This popular laminated archtop was one of Guild’s Stuart series guitars but was replaced by the carved top X700 in 1993.  The X-550 was the blonde version of the X-500 and the X-550 designation was changed to X-500B around 1960.

Pickups were changed to DeArmonds in 1961 and to humbuckers in 1963. The X-500 first had individual Kluson tuners, then Kolb in 1957 and Grover Rotomatic tuners in 1965.

The X-500 was reintroduced in 2008, as the thinline X-500 Paladin model and later as the Stuart X-500 model.

Specifications (28)

Body

Body back materialmaple body back
Body shape featuresarchtop, single cutaway
Body sides materialmaple body sides
Body stylearchtop
Body top materiallaminated spruce body top
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes

Hardware

Bridgeadjustable ebony bridge
Hardware colorgold hardware, gold-plated hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece
TunersGrover Imperial tuners, Grover Rotomatic tuners, Kluson tuners, Kolb tuners

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialabalone fingerboard inlay material, mother of pearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsblonde finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length

Neck

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

Controls

Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelDeArmond pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups, 2 single coil pickups

Prices (1)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1987$1600excellent

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