The Guild A-350 Stratford was a beautiful archtop acoustic guitar produced by Guild over the period 1956-1973 (approximately). It can be considered the non-electrified version of the Guild X-350, and with its gold hardware, carved top and inlaid ebony fretboard, certainly was a fine guitar. Archtop acoustics never sold as well as Guild electric-acoustics, or flat tops, and all totally acoustic Guild archtops were deleted from Guild price lists by the end of 1973, although may have been available by custom order beyond this point.
The Guild Stratford A-350 was described as follows in the 1963 Guild catalog
Day in and day out, the professional can depend upon this guitar for inspiring performance under the most exacting musical directors and arrangers. The Stratford's vitality is impressive, its full-:bodied sound blending in the flawless manner that pleases the critical ear. Has a hand carved Sitka spruce top. Sides and back are curly maple. Body size is 17" wide by 21" long by 3 1/2" deep. Body, f-holes and neck are luxuriously bound in ivoroid. Three-piece maple neck has adjustable steel neck rod. Imported ebony fingerboard is inlaid with mother-of-pearl position markers. Has gold-plated tailpiece, non-slip pegs and accessories. Supplied with finest quality Guild Strings.
Acoustic guitar advertisements originally published from 1962 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Guild advertisements
Guild Stratford A-350 - Be good to yourself with a Guild (1962)
This advert from a Summer 1962 issue of Downbeat magazine shows a number of Guild instruments representing different areas of Guild guitar production. "How to succeed in music without really trying...