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Guild Guitar Catalogs

Original literature promoting Guild musical instruments

Guild produced numerous catalogs, brochures and pamphlets for their guitars, bass guitars and amplifiers, although typically they separated electric guitars from acoustics and amplifiers. A number of these catalogs are detailed below. Follow the links for a closer look at the individual catalog pages, and to find out more about the guitars contained within.

1962 Guild catalog
1962 Guild catalog coming soon
1968 Guild catalog
1963 "Guild Guitars / Amplifiers" catalog - two-colour sixteen page catalog containg 23 electric guitars, 5 archtop acoustic, 6 classic acoustic, 5 flat top acoustic and 6 amplifier models. Dimensions 12" x 9". New models include Guild's new line of solid body electrics, the S-200 Thunderbird, S-100 Polara and S-50 Jet-Star, the George Barnes Guitar in F and Guild Acousti-Lectric, and the Guild Valencia F-40 and Mark VI Classic acoustics.
1966 Guild catalog
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1968 Guild catalog
1968 Guild "America's Finest" catalog - two-colour sixteen page catalog containg 23 electric guitars, 5 basses, 5 archtop acoustics, and 10 flat top acoustics. Dimensions 12" x 9". New models include the newly reissued M-75 electric six string, the M-85 bass, dual-pickup Starfire bass, D-40-E and F-212-E electric acoustic flat-tops, and the D-35 Bluegrass
1969 Guild guitar catalog
1969 Guild "Electric Guitars & Basses" catalog - this brochure was the first of several single sheet flyers, folded into panels. It contained eleven electric guitars, and two basses.
8 pages. Dimensions 7 1/4" x 3 1/2").
1970 Guild catalog
1970 Guild "Electric Guitars & Basses" catalog - the 1970 brochure is broadly the same as the 1969, though expanded with two extra panels featuring the guild ST series guitars and S-100 guitar and JS bass.
1971 Guild catalog
1971 Guild "Electric Guitars & Basses" catalog - the last of three fold-out brochures; this still has 10 panels, and much the same line up as the previous catalog, though the photographs are now updated in some cases. Guild humbuckers are now fitted to all the bass models and the ST guitars are replaced by more solid-bodies; the S-50 and S-90.
1975 Guild "Electric Guitars & Basses"  catalog
Guild 1975 guitar and bass catalog. A larger catalog than the small fold-out brochures released by Guild earlier in the 1970s, but not especially long at just twelve pages. For the first time, solid body guitars outnumber hollow body/semi acoustic models.
1978 "Guild Electrics"  catalog
Guild 1978 guitar and bass catalog Guild continued in developing their solid body lines with the launch of some completely original designs: the S-300, S-60, and S-70 models replacing the SG styled S-50, S-90 and S-100. Likewise the B301 and B302 replace the JS1 and JS2. Twelve pages.
1982 Guild catalog
Guild 1982 "Electric Guitar" catalog. "Re-introducing Guild electric guitars and basses. Over the last two years, we've made major changes in all areas throughout the line" - the 1982 catalog featured a few hollow body classics, but mostly brand new solid bodies: M-80, X-82, X-79, S-25, S-250, S-275, and several basses: X-702, SB-201, SB-202, SB-203, SB-502E
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Vintage 1964 Guild Starfire III Hollow Body Electric Guitar + Plush Hard Case!

Vintage 1964 Guild Starfire III Hollow Body Electric Guitar + Plush Hard Case!

Asheville, North Carolina, 288**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500


Vintage 1964 Guild Starfire III Hollow-Body Electric Guitar: GREAT playing condition, recently set up. All parts function well, especially for a vintage instrument. All original parts are original except bridge, which was upgraded. First three frets show a little wear, but still playable. Electronics are good. Comes with original vintage Guild pick guard and Guild plush case in very good condition. Sold as-is
PLEASE NOTE: PICK-UP ONLY ITEM IN LOCAL ASHEVILLE, NC AREA. NO shipping... more
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Guild Guitars Westerly Collection F-150CE Cordoba F150CE F-150 China

Guild Guitars Westerly Collection F-150CE Cordoba F150CE F-150 China

South Vienna, Ohio, 453**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1200

Beautiful guitar.... 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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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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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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VINTAGE 1966 GUILD STARFIRE III electric guitar EXCELLENT MUST SEE

VINTAGE 1966 GUILD STARFIRE III electric guitar EXCELLENT MUST SEE

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3495

GUILD 1966 STARFIRE III BORN IN HOBOKEN NJ

THIN LINE MAHAGANY BODY AND IN COLLECTABLE CONDITION
EK 715 sn
I SEE A EASY TI FIX ITEM TO DISCUSS. I TOOK A GOOD PIC OF IT. THE GUILD LAYOVER PIECE ON THE HEADSTOCK NEEDS TO BE CLAMPED AND GLUED AS IT IS SLIGHTLY RAISED AS SHOWN??NOT A BIG DEAL ON A GUITAR THAT IS NEAR MINT CONDITION. ALSO, SHE HAS LOW ACTION AND NEW STRINGS BUT AT THE 16TH FRET THE ACTION COMES UP A BIT AND THIS ONE NEEDS A SET UP. FRETS AND GUITAR SHOW NO WEAR. SHE... more
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VINTAGE 1967 Guild Starfire Bass V Hollow Body Electric Guitar

VINTAGE 1967 Guild Starfire Bass V Hollow Body Electric Guitar

Centerville, Utah, 840**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

You are looking at the oldest ??untouched?? Guild Starfire bass guitar available on eBay.

This guitar has not been refurbished in anyway and is 100% original.

You will not find another vintage Guild Starfire anywhere on the internet in as great condition for how old it is.

This is a collectors item meant to be up on display or can be used for a jam session with a piece of rock and roll history.
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1973 Guild Jetstar JS-1 fretless Cherry

1973 Guild Jetstar JS-1 fretless Cherry

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

$1399

Just in is this great 1973 Guild Jetstar JS-1 Bass Guitar
Quick details
Weight 7 6lbs
Nut Width 1 9 / 16th
Depth at 1st fret 0 88
Depth at 12th Fret 0 96
This JS-1 is A great playing and sounding bass that has some great modifications done to it. It was made fretless at some point. The bridge was also upgraded to A badass bridge which is way better then the original
There is an extra hole added from a removed Strap button on the upper horn(pictured)
The body is free ... more
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Guild D-40 1978 Bluegrass Jubilee Spruce Mahogany Acoustic Guitar W /  Hard Case

Guild D-40 1978 Bluegrass Jubilee Spruce Mahogany Acoustic Guitar W / Hard Case

San Marcos, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1600

1978 Guild D-40 Bluegrass Jubilee
20-Fret 6-String Acoustic Guitar
NORMAL WEAR AND TEARNO FRET WEARPLAYS FANTASTICHardshell case INCLUDEDSpruce topMahogany accentsMESSAGE FOR DETAILS!... more
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1959 Guild T-100D Slim Jim Electric Guitar Made in USA

1959 Guild T-100D Slim Jim Electric Guitar Made in USA

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4000

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ ALL TERMS PRIOR TO BIDDING!
*
YOU ARE BIDDING ON ITEM
Electric Guitar
AS PICTURED
ALL contacts between bidders / buyers and seller must be made via EBAY MESSAGES ONLY
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1959 Guild T-100 Slim Jim Electric Guitar

1959 Guild T-100 Slim Jim Electric Guitar

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 495**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

1959 Guild T-100 "Slim Jim" hollow-body electric guitar.
Serial number: 9492
If you are interested, please contact me and I can Facetime you and go over entire guitar before purchase
I want to make sure you understand the condition of the guitar (there are some blemishes)
The guitar is lovely to play. Nothing wrong with it.
Guitar comes with new hard-case
Regards,
Anthony
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1974 Guild S-100 C NB Carved Nature Boy Natural

1974 Guild S-100 C NB Carved Nature Boy Natural

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

$2799

Up for Sale is this great Guild S-100 C-NB. That stands for Carved Nature boy guitar
This guitar is in great shape. The body shows very little wear for its age and weighs 7 6lbs
on the neck joint on the back of the guitar is a few small numbers carved into the clear. They are hard to read and can barely be felt (pictured)
The pickups and electronics are all original and work and sound great
The neck is a very comfortable profile and is a tad thicker then normal guild of this Era ... more
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Vintage 1977 Guild D-25 M w /  Hard Case

Vintage 1977 Guild D-25 M w / Hard Case

US, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1699

Vintage 1977 Guild D-25 M. A stunning example that plays and sounds fantastic The neck has a chunky, round profile that feels smooth and quick. Plays great all the way up and down with a nice quick action. Tone is fantastic. Very big and dark with a punchy low end and a thick, bold treble. It definitely booms in a very cool way when you dig in There are some signs of honed cosmetic wear throughout but overall this is a fantastic example that has been well cared for over the years. Guilds always ... more
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1980 81 Guild S-65D vintage electric guitar extremely rare excellent must see

1980 81 Guild S-65D vintage electric guitar extremely rare excellent must see

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2895

1980-81 Vintage Guild S-65D electric guitar Make an offer !!
SN# ED100125
is a very rare bird and highly sought after. In this condition they are really super rare. This one is in collectable condition with no wear and only a few small dings very tiny hard to show. Made March 80-81 I believe. There were less than 250 made from what I can find. Plays so well and easy the nut us 1 5 / 8th neck is c shaped and the radius is 7 25??
Made from a single piece of mahogany. Controls are ... more
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1967 GUILD STARFIRE XII 12 STRING

1967 GUILD STARFIRE XII 12 STRING

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 152**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

1967 GUILD STARFIRE XII 12 STRING SEMI HOLLOW BODY, TOBACCO SUNBURST. COSMETICALLY IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, A FEW SMALL CHIPS, SMALL CRACK WHERE THE TOP MEETS THE CENTER. TUNERS ARE REPLACEMENT SPERZALS. THE ORIGINAL FLOATING BRIDGE HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH A TUNOMATIC POST STYLE WHICH INSONATES AND STAYS IN TUNE MUCH BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL. THE PICKGUARD WAS REMOVED AND THE HOLES FILLED. LOTS OF LIFE IN THE FRETS. THIS IS A PLAYER, THOSE OLD FILTERTRON PICKUPS JUST SOUND SO GOOD. YOU ARE GOING ... more
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Guild Starfire IV

Guild Starfire IV

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 152**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$850

A versatile guitar for everything from rock to jazz.... more
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DE ARMOND BY GUILD ELECTRIC / ACOUSTIC X-155

DE ARMOND BY GUILD ELECTRIC / ACOUSTIC X-155

Spring, Texas, 773**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1350

This is one of a kind DeArmond X-155 jazz guitar that has been played so little it still has the original strings and I could list it as an open box because it has probably been played 10-15 times if that much. This guitar has been kept in exceptionally good condition in a non-smoking environment, it looks almost as a brand new guitar and has the same beautiful rich, warm sound of a much more expensive Guild guitar. These DeArmond guitars were manufactured in Korea when they were under the ... more
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GUILD F20 VINTAGE ACOUSTIC GUITAR  /  WESTERLY

GUILD F20 VINTAGE ACOUSTIC GUITAR / WESTERLY

Hyannis, Massachusetts, 026**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2380

Guild F-20 NT 1980-81 -00 Size Natural / Mahogany Westerly Acoustic
Another rare find by Charlie. It is hard to believe the condition of this beautiful 80s vintage 00 size guitar. A few cosmetic nicks and very little wear. Straight neck and no evidence of previous repairs. Nice set up and handles and feels great Shimmering type sound that is balanced and defined. A beautiful strummer and finger picker that fits perfectly on the body
Included owners manual and chipboard era case. (not ... more
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1963 Guild Thunderbird S-200

1963 Guild Thunderbird S-200

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6095

SKU:(GUE0194)
1963 GuildThunderbird S-200, Cherry Red finish, Raremodel, Two fine sounding original Guild humbuckers, 1 & 11 / 16 inches wide at the nut, Built instand, Vibrato, Cool instrument, VG+, Original hard case, $6, 095
... more
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1970s Guild Maverick Combo Guitar Amplifier

1970s Guild Maverick Combo Guitar Amplifier

Piedmont, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1049

Talk about a great vintage amp that hardly anyone knows about. These Guild amps really fit the bill. The Maverick sounds great clean or overdriven. It has really great tone and is really responsive to touch. This one is all original, except for having Michael Clark of Clark Amplification swap the power cord for a properly grounded three prong cord and remove the "death cap" while inspecting it. The amp runs quietly with minimal hum and really sounds great with a really nice, lush reverb. ... more
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1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of theVox Clubman IIbass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the GibsonES Artistlaunched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold toLaVonne Musicby Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

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 PresidentThePresidentwas 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 newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional