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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

1960 GUILD X-350 epiphone zephyr

via this auction
"Guild Guitars New Jersey Factory

Body size at lower bout:17" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 10/16"

Materials: Spruce top, tiger flame maple back, sides and neck, ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays, G-logo peghead inlay, bound body, bound fingerboard, f-holes and headstock binding, bone nut.

Hardware: Original hardware includes gold tuners w/pearloid buttons, three single coil Franz P-90 pickups with cream covers; reverse hand painted pickguard; six button selector panel; gold knobs; compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge and Guild harp tailpiece.

Case: Original Guild brown tolex hardshell case in superb condition, no heavy gouges, rips or tears and all hardware in good working condition.

Notes: When Guild Guitars was founded in 1952, a number of former Epiphone employees joined founder Alfred Dronge in establishing the new company in Manhattan. Along with them, they brought some signature Epi designs, including this fretted marvel of the push-button era. Introduced just a year after the company's birth, the Guild X-350 was modeled after the Epiphone Emperor Zephyr Regent, with its highly flamed Venetian cutaway body, triple pickup electronics, and remarkable six button pickup selector panel.

This example is in superb original condition, with all original electronics and original nitrocellulose lacquer sunburst finish. The tiger flame body exhibits typical player wear but is in superb condition considering the age of this instrument. The frets are original and exhibit wear, a player might want to have them dressed or replaced, a collecter not. Despite the wear and age of this rare vintage instrument, it still plays like butter and delivers a tone unlike any other guitar. The tone of Franz P-90s on a full bodied jazz guitar is certainly something to behold. The 6 pushbutton control is in good working condition, the TB (treble, bass) switch is a little sticky and the MT (middle, treble) knob is missing. This knob looks very similar to a tele knob or an acoustic endpin, so a copy could be easily made, modified. These switches & knobs were also used on blenders from the late 50's early 60's so perhaps one could be found in a junk / thrift shop somewhere, eBay is also a good source.

This guitar is the rarest of the rare, its production numbers were much smaller than the Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent and the Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster, and you can just imagine how many of those were ever produced! George Gruhn and Walter Carter wrote a feature full page article on this guitar in Vintage Guitar Magazine (September 2006). Of the only 10 Stratfords ever recorded with the Vintage Guitar Blue Book, the 'Average Condition' selling price based on the 2010 Bluebook is $8041 - $9828."

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