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Guild X150 Savoy Archtop Electric Guitar

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Classy styling and vintage appointments set this guitar apart from the ordinary in the early '50s when it became a favorite of New York jazz guitaris...Click To Read More About This Product

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Recalling the golden age of jazz.

Classy styling and vintage appointments set this guitar apart from the ordinary in the early '50s when it became a favorite of New York jazz guitarists. It remains a favorite to this day, celebrated for its elegant looks, mellow tone, and easy playability. The 16" wide, 3" deep bound body is crafted of laminated curly maple. The neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard and traditional block inlays. Single Guild humbucking pickup with chromeplated cover. Grover tuners. Guild's distinctive harp tailpiece. Deluxe case included.

  • Laminated curly maple body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with block inlays
  • Custom-designed Guild humbucking pickup
  • Grover tuners
  • Harp tailpiece
  • Includes deluxe case
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Jazz tone to die for. Flawless action.

By WhenTheyPryItFromMe

from Lost in the cornfields of Indiana

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The holy grail of tone is every guitarist quest, especially in jazz. The Savoy brought to life the sought after sound of so many great recordings from the moment I plugged in. I have been looking for that "woody/smoky jazzbox tone" that could breathe my playing style and the Savoy model from Guild did just that. I love the ES-175, the 335 but I fall back to playing a '67 ES330 because of the flawless neck action. I have played many of the other working class jazzers and the body size usually determined the overall tone potential, but too large limited comfort and the cost for domestic jumbo's were too far out of reach. The set-up on the Savoy was spot on with flawless action that I demand from a guitar at any price. The guitar begged me to play some lines that cooked up some hard bebop but at the same time encouraged me to allow the guitar's voice to come out with the simplest of three note chords. Even two note harmonies melted my cynical mind. The neck shape was perfect for my avergage size hands as well. The neck length was shorter than my ES330 but how often do we spend time in the upper registers. The cutaway was more than enough to allow access when needed. I had a choice to play all the major hollowbody jazz guitars in the same setting but the Savoy was my first and last choice. I did test the unplugged acoustic quality before plugging in and was very pleased with its natural tone. You can tell what the tone will be like before you every plug in. I knew I would fall in love with the tone and I did. The aestetics take you back a few years and compared to this modern age of glitz and brightwork, the Savoy brought back to life what the smaller D'Angelico's once gave to the jazz world. I also stuck my nose in the f-holes and could smell no glue. Ahhhhh... Now us working musicians can afford a the sound and look of the vintage past, and with a reasonable investment that is sure to appreciate or at least hold steady. Guild never boasts but in the case of the Savoy, it should.

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