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    Vintage 1977 Guild B-301 Electric Bass Guitar

    Vintage 1977 Guild B-301 Electric Bass Guitar

    Costa Mesa, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $9999

    Here is an all original 1977 Guild B-301 bass. Finish is in decent condition overall and the bass plays pretty nicely all the way up the neck. Pickup sounds great. Fat neck on this one. Neck has a slight bow which may me adjusted with the truss rod, but we don??t have the correct size tool to try. It??s a smaller nut than a Gibson would use. This bass plays pretty nicely as is. The bridge has a pick and a dime underneath two of the saddles to get better action. The original bridge is not ... more
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    1980 Guild Artist Award Model DeArmond Blonde Archtop Electric Guitar w /  OHSC

    1980 Guild Artist Award Model DeArmond Blonde Archtop Electric Guitar w / OHSC

    Plainview, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $8000

    1980 Guild Artist Award Model DeArmond Blonde Archtop Electric Guitar w / OHSC 1980 Guild Artist Award Model DeArmond Blonde Archtop Electric Guitar w / OHSC
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    Welcome to All Music Inc's Musicdungeon, you are looking at a great piece
    This is the 1980 Guild Artist Award Model Blonde Electric Guitar
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    Guild X-500 Ebony Special 1966 - Ebony

    Guild X-500 Ebony Special 1966 - Ebony

    Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $7450


    This is a beautiful one-of-a-kind Guild X-500, made in the USA in 1966. The X-500 was one of Guild's top of the line models, and this example has a custom ebony finish. It is a really beautiful instrument that plays and sounds fantastic. Everything is original except that it has been refretted. The guitar has been pro-setup in our store and it is in excellent condition. It comes with a hard shell case in very nice condition
    If you have any questions, please message us
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    1967 Guild F-50 a crazy cool 3-toneburst w / a matching bursted back of neck !

    1967 Guild F-50 a crazy cool 3-tone'burst w / a matching bursted back of neck !

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $6495

    The original 50??s & 60??s issue Guild F-50 ??Navarre?? has to be the rarest Jumbo guitar ever produced. This is a stunner from 1967 w / a gorgeous & highly unusual 3-tone Dark Cherry Sunburst finish including being ?bursted all the way up on the back of its neck??highly unusual. The coolest aspect is its wonderful ebony fingerboard w / Guild??s finest white pearl blocks w / abalone triangular inlays. It??s all maple construction has wonderful flamey maple back & sides as well as a ... more
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    1960 Guild Aristocrat M-75 Sunburst

    1960 Guild Aristocrat M-75 Sunburst

    Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $5995

    This 1960 Guild Aristocrat M-75 is in amazing guitar!
    Quick Details
    Weight 5 2lbs
    Nut width 1 11 / 16th "
    Depth at 1st fret 0 88 "
    Depth at 12th fret 1 00 "
    The body is in great shape with some light wear and some very small dings to be expected from a guitar this age
    The back of the guitar does have a long scratch on it that is through the clear but nothing that your belly will get upset about. It also looks like the Clear has shrunken around the seam on the back of ... more
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    Vintage 1957 Guild Aristocrat M-75 Sunburst With Good Hard Case

    Vintage 1957 Guild Aristocrat M-75 Sunburst With Good Hard Case

    New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $5499

    Vintage original 1957 Guild Aristocrat M-75 in original Sunburst finish
    Guitar plays and sounds incredible. Super warm and tuneful
    Neck is nice and straight with a fantastic vintage feel. It plays great with a good low action all the way up and down
    Guitar is all original with the exception of two custom made Lindy Frailin pickups. They sound just like the originals, warm and fat and punchy with a real classic and organic tone. The bridge saddle has also been replaced with a ... more
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    VERY RARE VARIANT! 1963 Guild AMBER STAR II Starfire III - Honey Amber Amber Fir

    VERY RARE VARIANT! 1963 Guild AMBER STAR II Starfire III - Honey Amber Amber Fir

    Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $5000


    1963 Guild AMBER STAR II Starfire!
    Here is a very rare early 1963 Guild Amberstar in Honey Amber finish. Not a faded cherry, it says Amber Star II on the label. This guitar plays great and is in very nice condition overall. The pickups sound excellent too! The guitar is all original besides the Bigsby, very nice refret, and the original tuners are back on the guitar. The case is likely the original that it came with as it is a Guild early 60's case with badge but ... more
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    1962 Guild Starfire III Cherry 100% Original w /  DeArmond DynaSonics, Case

    1962 Guild Starfire III Cherry 100% Original w / DeArmond DynaSonics, Case

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $5000

    Up for sale, a 1962 Guild Starfire III in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, polish cloth and and vintage advertisement
    Marketed to the ??young artist with a flair for showmanship, ?? this genuine vintage USA-made Guild was crafted at the company??s Hoboken, NJ factory, loaded with its original pair of DeArmond Dynasonic ??white-face?? single coil pickups. The fully-hollow thinline mahogany body is paired with a ... more
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    Vintage 1956 Guild M75 Aristocrat Electric Guitar - Chambered  /  P-90s  /  Ice

    Vintage 1956 Guild M75 Aristocrat Electric Guitar - Chambered / P-90's / Ice

    Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4999

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    guild 1962 x350

    guild 1962 x350

    Appleton, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4500

    very nice all original 1962 guild x350. neck is perfect. This guitar sounds and plays amazing. no repairs all original... more
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    Guild 1978 D-55 Acoustic Electric guitar- Excellent condition " very rare "

    Guild 1978 D-55 Acoustic Electric guitar- Excellent condition " very rare "

    Fortuna, California, 955**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4350

    This is a very rare 1978 D-55 NT made by R I U S.A Everything is in original condition. except string peg pins aren't original. Thank you.... more
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    1959 Guild T-100D Slim Jim Vintage Electric Guitar w /  Franz Pickups & Case

    1959 Guild T-100D Slim Jim Vintage Electric Guitar w / Franz Pickups & Case

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4200

    Up for sale, a 1959 Guild T-100D "Slim Jim" thinline hollowbody in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. An early and rare T-100D and one of the first made at Guild's Hoboken, NJ factory, this hollowbody features a full 16" lower bout, arched maple top, and a pair of original Franz single coil pickups, which have much in common with a P-90 in terms of output and tonal characteristics. The tone is detailed and clear, with great midrange ... more
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    1965 Guild S-100 Polara Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Red

    1965 Guild S-100 Polara Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Red

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4000

    Up for sale, a 1965 Guild S-100 Polara in excellent condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for a professional refret and carved bone nut. Introduced in ?63 and marketed to the ??modern technician, ?? these weird and wonderful guitars were produced in the USA at Guild's Hoboken, NJ factory. With its unconventional contours, Hagstrom-made hardware, and built-in kickstand, this unique instrument could only have been birthed in the 1960s
    Featuring mahogany body and neck ... more
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    1972 Guild Bluesbird - Very Good condition

    1972 Guild Bluesbird - Very Good condition

    Sarasota, Florida, 342**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3999

    1972 Guild Bluesbird - This one is special! You'd be hard-pressed to find another Bluesbird or M75 with the Custom appointments this one has
    Top of the line features, such as Mother of Pearl block inlays on fretboard; MoP Guild "crown" inlay on headstock; chrome Harp-shaped trapeze tailpiece with tune-o-matic type bridge; bound body and neck. The pick guard is fairly rare, as well. From what I was told by a collector, this guitar is a re-issue of a 1968 model recreated in 1972. I purchased ... more
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    1973 Guild S-100 Black

    1973 Guild S-100 Black

    Farmingdale, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3899

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    Vintage Guild Aristocrat (M75) 1959 Era

    Vintage Guild Aristocrat (M75) 1959 Era

    Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 433**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3877

    For Your Consideration we are offering this fine Guild Aristocrat from the late 50??s era. The guitar is original with one exception. We had the original neck inlays replaced as the originals are in a small plastic bag (included) near the headstock pic . The original inlays had dried and shrunk lifted and made the guitar unplayable. We also had a piece of trim layed back into place . The guitar plays and sounds amazing. The weight is phenomenally lite. The case is original to the guitar and ... more
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    1968 Guild Bluesbird M-75 Black

    1968 Guild Bluesbird M-75 Black

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3679

    Up for sale is a super cool and somewhat rare 1968 Guild Bluesbird M-75 in its original Black finish. This example features a sleek design with dual original pickups, Guild branded tailpiece, black appointments, bound rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, Grover tuners and a seriously cool vibe. Bridge has been changed to a modern tune-o-matic style, and there are a few scattered small touch up marks on the original black finish. Condition wise this one is in great shape showing scattered ... more
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    1955 Guild X150 ??Savoy?? Archtop

    1955 Guild X150 ??Savoy?? Archtop

    Fredericksburg, Virginia, 224**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3600

    This is an early ?made in New York?? Guild X-150 ?Savoy?? from approximately 1955 as Guild moved to Hoboken in 1956. It features a 17?? lower bout and 25 5?? scale length, laminate spruce top and maple back and sides and single P-90 style pickup. The guitar has had its binding repaired and aged professionally so it looks natural to the age of the guitar. The guitar plays great and has a superb acoustic as well as electric sound. Aside from the binding it appears all original with no issues or ... more
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    Guild X350 Stratford 1961

    Guild X350 Stratford 1961

    Port Saint Lucie, Florida, 349**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3500

    Guild Stratford X 350 year 1961 in excellent condition except for electroinics. Guitar hasnt been played for 25 years so the electronics need to be refurbished. Body work is in excellent condition. The case is good inside but is seedy on the outside .This guitar was the first guitar to record Ska in Jamaica and went on to be the guitar used in approx 100-130 songs recorded by Jamaican artists in the early 1960, s... more
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    1976 Guild D-50 Bluegrass Special Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w /  Case

    1976 Guild D-50 Bluegrass Special Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w / Case

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3500

    Up for sale, a 1976 Guild D-50 "Bluegrass Special" dreadnought in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This premier Guild flattop was introduced in 1963, and the D-50 model has a broad appeal for open tunings, fingerpicking, DADGAD, and a variety of other applications. It features a solid Sitka spruce top, bookmatched Indian rosewood back and sides, and a solid mahogany neck capped by a slab ebony fretboard. Tonally, this Guild offers ... more
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    1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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    1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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    1972 Fender Precision bass

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    1967 Vox Stroller

    1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

    1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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    1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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    1959 Hofner Committee

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    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

    1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

    1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

    1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

    1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

    1965 Hofner President

    1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

    1963 1964 Fender catalog

    Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.