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Guild X-79 Skyhawk and X-79-3

Solid body electric guitar

Guild X-79 electric guitar X-79 Skyhawk
manufactured: 1981-85
body: mahogany
neck: mahogany, 24 frets, ebony or rosewood fingerboard
scale: 24 3/4"
overall length: 38 1/4"
width at nut: 1 5/8"
electronics/pickups: 2 Guild XR-7 pickups. Coil tap or phase switch optional
finishes: White, Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, Black, Black Sparkle, Metalic Blue, Purple
X-79-3
manufactured: 1981-85
body: mahogany
neck: mahogany, 24 frets, ebony or rosewood fingerboard
scale: 24 3/4"
overall length: 38 1/4"
width at nut: 1 5/8"
electronics/pickups: 3 single coil pickups "with a unique switching setup created to expand the tonal possibilities beyond the conventional sounds from this type of pickup configuration, allowing for 13 tonal combinations"
finishes: as X-79
Guild X-79-3 electricguitar

The following text is taken from the 1982 Guild catalogue

The X-79, X-79-3 and X-702 were designed for the musician who's tired of looking and sounding like everyone else. If that's the way you've been feeling, these instruments were made for you

Guild X-79 - When the thrill is gone... get it back with Guild
Guild X-79 - When the thrill is gone... get it back with Guild
By the 1980s, American guitar manufacturers were struggling somewhat to find mass acceptance with new solid-body designs; the likes of Fender and Gibson had more commercial success with updated versions of existing models, Stratocaster and Les Paul style guitars with updated electronics and other hardware. But Guild kept on creating new guitar designs throughout the 1980s, releasing some highly distinctive instruments, very much of their time. Like Gibson they did keep producing their traditional high end jazz guitars, but it was the wilder solid bodies that got the most attention from the public.

The X-79 and X-79-3 guitars, and X-701 and X-702 basses were a bold, and futuristic step for Guild in 1981. They were first displayed in the 1981 Guild electrics catalogue, where they were photographed with heavy metal guitarists K.K Downing (Judas Priest) and Robbie Alter (Ian Hunter)

The unusual X shape body and headstock was a clear step into the territory of the Gibson Flying V and Explorer guitars, so popular in the early eighties. Guild took this one step further, offering unusual colour options, such as black sparkle and purple.

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