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Guild M-65 Freshman

hollow body guitar

April 1966 Beat Instrumental cover showing Rolling Stone Keith Richards with his dual-pickup Guild M65 Freshman

April 1966 Beat Instrumental magazine cover showing Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards with his early-1960s dual-pickup Guild M65 Freshman

1962 Guild advertisement

The Guild M-65 Freshman was introduced in 1958, as a simpler version of the M75 Aristocrat introduced four years earlier. It had a maple or mahogany top (sunburst and blonde / cherry finishes respectively), mahogany back, sides and neck, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Like the M-75 it had a hollow body, but unlike this earlier model, also had f-soundholes. Most instruments had a single pickup with one volume and tone control, although a few two-pickup guitars were produced - as seen here being played by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. It was produced between 1958 and 1973, and was also available as a 3/4 scale model; both built at the Guild plant at Hoboken, New Jersey.

Hardware was nickel, later chrome - with a rosewood bridge. Several different pickups were used, typically single coil units by Franz or Dearmond.

The following description comes from the 1965-66 Guild catalogue:

This Freshman model has the professional 24 3/4" scale, with the hollow body construction that makes possible exceptional resonance in a guitar of its small size and light weight. Body size is only 13 1/2" wide by 17 1/4" long by 2" deep. The instrument weighs only 5 lbs. Fast-action mahogany neck has adjustable neck rod, ivoroid-bound rosewood fingerboard and pearl position markers. Back and sides are of imported mahogany. Maple top is bound with white ivoroid. Has built-in Guild "Frequency Tested" pick-up with separate tone and volume controls. Individual string adjustment screws assure tonal balance throughout. Luxurious nickel-plated tailpiece and accessories.

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