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Guild X-175

electric acoustic guitar

Guild X-175 description | 1953 Guild X-175

1953 Guild X175 guitar

The Guild X-175 Manhattan

Model X-175
Available 1953-1984
Pickups Single coil Franz soapbars (originally black on Sunbursts, white on Blondes - later all white), changing to humbuckers in 1963.
Body Maple back and sides, spruce top. Ivoroid binding. 17" wide, 21" long, 3 1/8" deep
Neck Three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany, (later, three-piece mahogany, then three-piece maple) with a rosewood fingerboard and block inlays.
Scale Initially 25 1/2", later 24 3/4"
Hardware Rosewood bridge, Nickel plated harp tailpiece, Kluson tuning keys. One volume and tone control 1953-58, two volume and two tone controls 1958-1984. A master volume was also added towards the end of production.
Finishes Sunburst, Blonde (X-175B)

The X-175 is one of Guilds best known full bodies, and most enduring. It was there at the dawn of the company, with the first models being produced in 1953 (check out a 1953 Guild X-175) and still being built, without a break in 1984. In the course of such a long production, there are naturally subtle, and not so subtle changes to the instrument. The most notable change occurred in 1963, when the soapbar single coil units were replaced with humbuckers. These were upgraded further in 1971.

Guild X-175 catalogue appearances

Guild 1965 catalog1965 Guild catalogue
A strikingly beautiful and musically perfect Guild guitar... an outstanding example of professional tone quality, responsiveness and versitility

Guild 1973 catalog1971 Guild catalogue
The 1971 catalogue entry was the same as the 1970 above

Guild 1969 catalog1968 Guild catalogue
Equipped with 2 built-in Guild "Frequency tested" pick-ups, perfectly balanced and aligned.

Guild 1975 catalog1975 Guild catalogue
A guitar that passes every performance test of the contemporary jazz player - from single note articulation and gentle chording to all-out heavy cooking.

Guild 1969 catalog1969 Guild catalogue
Another 3 1/8"x17"x21" guitar for the critical jazz technician

Guild 1978 catalog1978 Guild catalogue
The three-piece maple neck was first mentioned in this 1978 catalogue

Guild 1970 catalog1970 Guild catalogue
Maple sides and back, top of spruce. Rosewood ivoroid-bound fingerboard on three-piece Guild fast action neck

Guild 1982 catalog1982 Guild catalogue
Two Guild HB-1 humbucking pickups, two volume, two tone controls. Pickup selector switch. Master volume... the X-175 is probably one of the most affordable jazz electric / acoustics made. Taj Mahal has one in his collection.

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