The Guild X-82 Nova was another highly innovative guitar design of the early 1980s, very much in the same vein as the Guild X-79 Skyhawk, sharing the same pickup configuration (dual Guild XR-7 humbuckers) and 24 fret 2-octave neck, with a different (but equally extreme) star-shaped body style. Again it was popular in the burgeoning metal scene of the early 1980s, both for its looks, and its playability/range. The headstock shape, whilst new for Guild lacked the originality of that of the X-79, and (in this authors opinion) may have benefited from something a little less conventional - perhaps matching the body style like the X-79? In any case, the X-82 was renamed the X-82 Starfighter by the mid-1980s, keeping the same body style and basic pickup layout, but with a six-in-a-row Explorer-style headstock, and a shorter 22 fret neck with rosewood fretboard.
Although the Guild X-82 Nova was typically fitted with a simple stop tailpiece, some examples were equipped with a Hagstrom vibrato as fitted to Guild solid bodies of the 1960s and 1970s.
The following text is taken from the 1982 Guild catalog
The X-82 has exceptional balance and feel, and coupled with its fast action ebony fingerboard, is a devastating rock'n'roll weapon