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Guild M-75 Aristocrat / Bluesbird

Solid, and semi-solid bodied electric guitars

The Guild M-75 was first manufactured in 1952, and was known as the Guild Aristocrat. This was the same year as the Gibson Les Paul, with which it had obvious similarities. Production stopped in 1963, only to start up again in 1968 (also like the Les Paul). It had been widely used by blues musicians and upon its reissue in 1968 kept the same M-75 model code but was renamed Bluesbird. Looks aside, the first Bluesbirds were unlike the solid-body Les Paul; they were actually a hollow-body instrument - spruce-topped mahogany, but without f-holes.

Guild M75 guitars

The Guild M-75 electric guitar. Above: 1969 M-75, 1972 M-75GS and 1975 M-75CS versions. Notice the pickup, scratchplate, and switch differences.

The late-sixties reissue M-75s were also hollow-bodied, but from around 1970 they were offered with an optional solid body. This was the case until around 1973, when all hollow M-75s were withdrawn

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Original advertising for the Guild M-75 Aristocrat and M-75 Bluesbird

Electric guitar advertisements originally published from 1969 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Guild advertisements

Guild M-75 - Guild Quantum Amplifier

Guild M-75 - Guild Quantum Amplifier (1969)
Features the Guild Quantum amplifier M85 bass guitar, M75 electric guitar and electric organ with rotoverb
The Total Amplifier - for Bass, Organ and Guitar. 200 watts of clean undistorted po...

Guild M-75 - New Anti-Hum Pick-Ups on All Guild Guitars and Basses

Guild M-75 - New Anti-Hum Pick-Ups on All Guild Guitars and Basses (1971)
This advert from December 1971 doesn't say too much - rather it lets the guitars do the talking. It does, however, underline the fact that all Guild guitars ship with humbucking rather than the old...

Guild M-75 - New Solid Bodies From Guild

Guild M-75 - New Solid Bodies From Guild (1971)
Early seventies Guild advert for their solid body range - featuring the new S-100, the JS basses, and the solid-body version of the BluesBird. The guitars pictured are the early versions - old styl...

Guild M-75 - Guild Electrics. Are you trying to make it without one

Guild M-75 - Guild Electrics. Are you trying to make it without one (1972)
Advert for the S-90, S-100 SF-V (starfire) and M75 Guild six strings

Guild M-75 - Guild single cutaway solid bodies

Guild M-75 - Guild single cutaway solid bodies (1975)
The Guild M-75 or Bluesbird, as it was known, initially featured a chambered body design, but by the time of this advertisement in 1975, it had a fully solid mahogany body. It had also been upgrade...

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1960 Guild Aristocrat M-75 Sunburst

1960 Guild Aristocrat M-75 Sunburst

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


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



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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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


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1972 Guild Bluesbird - Very Good condition

1972 Guild Bluesbird - Very Good condition

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


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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1968 Guild Bluesbird M-75 Black

1968 Guild Bluesbird M-75 Black

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


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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Vintage Guild Bluesbird M-75 Natural 1973

Vintage Guild Bluesbird M-75 Natural 1973

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Guild Bluesbird M-75 Natural 1973
A dynamite player offering gorgeous tone & texture with a super groovy vintage vibe. The double Guild humbuckers sound amazing & the phase switch is a nice bonus feature. Professionally inspected & set up by the experts here at Cream City Music, so it plays & sounds fantastic!
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather ... more
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1985 Vintage Guild Bluesbird Electric Guitar-EMGs-Kahler-Red-Excellent!

1985 Vintage Guild Bluesbird Electric Guitar-EMGs-Kahler-Red-Excellent!

Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for a
Vintage 1985 Guild Bluesbird
This is a rare guitar from the Bluesbird lineage
All stock and original with 3 Single coil EMG pickups and Kahler locking trem
AMAZING condition for a guitar of this vintage. You will find some pick scratching and the EMG logo is worn slightly off the pickups, but overall this guitar is stupidly clean. None of the dents and dings that would be commonly associated with a 40+ year old guitar
Neck is excellent, showing a little ... more
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Denham Springs, Louisiana, 707**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Guild Bluesbird Electric Guitar Iced Tea Burst

Guild Bluesbird Electric Guitar Iced Tea Burst

Las Vegas, Nevada, 891**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Guild Bluesbird in iced tea burst.
This guitar has been hanging on our studio wall and gets lots of great compliments on it's looks. It plays as nice as it looks with great sustain and a very comfortable body. The body is bigger than a Les Paul, yet lighter because it is thinner and chambered Seymour Duncan pickups. Soft case included. Made in Korea. Unkown year
The Guild Bluesbird reflects Guild's return to yet another historic solid body model. Originally released in 1970 as the solid ... more
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Used Guild Bluesbird, Black

Used Guild Bluesbird, Black

Tampa, Florida, 336**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Take flight with the fantastic Guild Bluesbird ?? a throwback to the historic '70s models of Guild's past. Built in Korea, this guitar has a lightweight mahogany solidbody with a carved maple top, along with a mahogany C-shaped neck home to a pau ferro fingerboard. The Seymour Duncan pickups together produce a massive tone ?? stabilized using the TonePros Tune-O-Matic locking bridge and the Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines
This guitar is in Near Mint condition, as there are seriously no ... more
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Guild Bluesbird  Ice Tea Burst (used)

Guild Bluesbird Ice Tea Burst (used)

Sedalia, Missouri, 653**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Guild Bluesbird Ice Tea Burst (used)
Serial Number: KWM1900123 Weight: 7lb Has light wear and scratches from being played. Some little dings on side by input jack. (see pics) Neck crack on Treble side of neck (repaired and stable) Comes in original Guild branded Gig Bag (see pics) Still has original pickguard and mounting bracket in unopened packaging. More information and pictures available upon request. Has been restrung, setup, and tested. Everything functions as it should. Sold ... more
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Great condition for its age. Ultra rare in this finish. Small pro neck repair
2 x Guild Single coil pick ups (like P90).
Comes with original brown soft shell case Weighs in at very light 5 15 Lbs or 2 340 Kg
Customers please note that returns purchased through PayPal
will also incur ... more
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GUILD  /  De Armond M-75  /  Di Marzio Pickups

GUILD / De Armond M-75 / Di Marzio Pickups

Stuttgart, 70***, GERMANY


Gebrauchte E-Gitarre von Guild
Ein De Armond M-75 Modell
Im gebrauchten und bespieltem Zustand
Wurde cca. 1998 in Korea hergestellt
Body aus Agathis (Pappel) Holz
Gewölbte Decke aus Ahorn
22 Jumbo Bünde im guten Zustand
Ahorn Hals mit einem runden "C" Profil
Palisander Griffbret mit Block Einlagen
Di Marzio Tonabnehmer Set
Neck : Bluesbucker DP-163
Bridge : Tone Zone DP-155 (splittbar)
2 x Volumen / 3 - Weg Pickup Schalter
1 x Ton / 1 x Ton mit ... more
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ray klimaszewski Comment left 6th April 2018 05:05:11 reply
i own a 1974 guild m-75 guitar. i replaced i also have the original plush case. what is a fair value of this guitar today??? the guild pickups with carvin m-100 humbuckers, and added mini togle s to go from hum to single coil sounds,
Dan Comment left 27th September 2012 17:05:18 reply
I have one of these! It is a black M-75sc with the 42-P hard shell case. Built in 1979. Am looking for a collector who will give it the love it deserves to make me an offer.


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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1967 Vox Stroller

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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

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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.