The Guild X-175 Manhattan
||Single coil Franz soapbars (originally black on Sunbursts, white on Blondes - later all white), changing to humbuckers in 1963.
||Maple back and sides, spruce top. Ivoroid binding. 17" wide, 21" long, 3 1/8" deep
||Three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany, (later, three-piece mahogany, then three-piece maple) with a rosewood fingerboard and block inlays.
||Initially 25 1/2", later 24 3/4"
||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.
||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
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