1953 Guild X-350 Stratford

  • $3,750.00
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Summary: This vintage rarity was made in the early days of Guild in New York City, and it has stood the test of time. It has an incredibly unique pickup selector panel that is reminiscent of an old typewriter or organ. This instrument has just been setup by our in-house luthier with flat wound strings and plays and sounds great.

Body: Bound Venetian cutaway, maple back and sides, spruce top, 17” at lower bout.

Neck: Maple with a bound rosewood fretboard, bone nut, pearloid block inlays, 25.5” scale length, 1.803” nut width.

Pickups/Hardware: Three adjustable single coil pickups, 9-ply black/white pickguard and it has the same guard round the controls, replacement Kluson Deluxe tuning keys, gold speed knobs, six button pickup selector panel.

Cosmetics: Considering that this instrument is over 50 years old, it is in pretty good shape. There are normal signs of wear that would be consistent with a vintage Guild from the 1950’s. The finish is checking all over the guitar and there are a few places where the binding is shrinking and showing some light separation from the body. The binding on the neck is missing at the end of the fingerboard and it is also missing right next to the nut. The front of the headstock has lots of wear and some light cracks around the “B” string tuning key.

Playability: Our in-house guitar tech has inspected, setup, and restrung this guitar with a new set of flat-wound strings. The neck is straight, the truss rod is fully functional, and the action has been setup low and comfortable. The frets are in great shape with no major grooves or divots from use and it plays beautifully up and down the fretboard with no dead spots or choking out.

Modifications: Replacement wood bridge and the tuning keys have been replaced with gold Kluson Deluxe tuners.

Weight: 7 lbs, 15 oz

Case: This vintage Guild ships in the original brown hard-shell case & we will ship it well packed and fully insured.