The Guild M-65 Freshman was introduced in 1958, as a simpler version of the M-75 Aristocrat introduced four years earlier. It had a maple or mahogany top (sunburst and blonde / cherry finishes respectively), mahogany back, sides and neck, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Like the M-75 it had a 2" thinline hollow body, but unlike this earlier model, also had f-soundholes. Most instruments had a single pickup with one volume and tone control, although a few two-pickup guitars were produced - as seen below being played by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. It was produced between 1958 and 1973, and was also available as the Guild Freshman M-65-3/4 short scale model, both built at the Guild plant at Hoboken, New Jersey.
The Guild Freshman M-65-3/4 had the same body dimensions, appointments and circuitry as the regular Guild M-65, but a slightly shorter scale length (22 3/4" vs 24 3/4") to accommodate student guitarists.
The Guild Freshman M-65-3/4 had the same body dimensions as the regular Guild M-65, but a shorter scale length (22 3/4" vs 24 3/4") Image Heritage auctions
April 1966 Beat Instrumental magazine cover showing Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards with his early-1960s dual-pickup Guild M65 Freshman
Hardware was nickel, later chrome - with a rosewood bridge. Several different pickups were used, typically single coil units by Franz or Dearmond.
The following description comes from the 1965-66 Guild catalog:
This Freshman model has the professional 24 3/4" scale, with the hollow body construction that makes possible exceptional resonance in a guitar of its small size and light weight. Body size is only 13 1/2" wide by 17 1/4" long by 2" deep. The instrument weighs only 5 lbs. Fast-action mahogany neck has adjustable neck rod, ivoroid-bound rosewood fingerboard and pearl position markers. Back and sides are of imported mahogany. Maple top is bound with white ivoroid. Has built-in Guild "Frequency Tested" pick-up with separate tone and volume controls. Individual string adjustment screws assure tonal balance throughout. Luxurious nickel-plated tailpiece and accessories.