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GUILD | CATALOGS | 1969 Electric Guitars / Basses

Guild 1969 'Electric Guitars / Basses' catalog

Hollow-body guitars and basses

The 1969 Guild guitars brochure was a folded single sheet, making an eight-sided brochure; much smaller in size and length (it only measures 7 1/4" x 3 1/2") than previous Guild literature, but the first in full-colour. This is useful, as it allows the Starfire range to show the standard and custom finishes available at this time. One interesting feature of this catalog is that it contains no Guild solid body guitars. In fact it was produced in a period just after the deletion of the Guild Thunderbird, Polara and Jet-Star, yet before the introduction of the SG-style S-100 and S-50 that would replace them.

The cover features Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh, playing a Cherry Red Starfire bass SF Bass-II

1969 Guild guitar and bass catalog front cover
1969 Guild guitar and bass catalog page 2 - Guild Starfire Deluxe SF-V and Super Starfire SF-VI
1969 Guild guitar and bass catalog page 3 - Guild Starfire II, Starfire III and Starfire IV
1969 Guild guitar and bass catalog page 4 - Guild Starfire SF-XII, SF-bass-I and SF-bass-II
1969 Guild guitar and bass catalog page 5 - Guild CE-100D Capri and T-100D Slim Jim
1969 Guild guitar and bass catalog page 6 - Guild M-75, M-85-I and M-85-II
1969 Guild guitar and bass catalog page 7 - X-175 Manhattan and X-500 Stuart
1969 Guild guitar and bass catalog page 8 - Guild Artist Award

Guild electric guitars and basses

The following Guild guitars and basses are described. Click on the thumbnail images or the model names below to jump to the relevant page.

Guild Guitars:


Guild Starfire V, Starfire VI
Guild Starfire III, Starfire IV
Guild Starfire XII
Guild T-100D, CE-100D
Guild M-75
Guild X-500, X-175
Guild Artist Award

Guild Basses:


Guild Starfire Bass II
Guild M-85 II
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Guild USA SB-202 Bass - 1982 - Candy Apple Red w / OHSC

Guild USA SB-202 Bass - 1982 - Candy Apple Red w / OHSC

Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1495

Guild USA SB-202 Bass - 1982 - Candy Apple Red w / OHSC Guild USA SB-202 Bass - 1982 - Candy Apple Red w / OHSC
This is an all original 1982 Guild SB-202 Bass. Candy Apple red finish over an Ash body with Rosewood fingerboard   Guitar has some minor nicks / scratches and some finish marks in the candy apple red finish (not ... more
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De Armond By Guild Jet-Star Black Electric Bass Guitar S / nIc99070674

De Armond By Guild Jet-Star Black Electric Bass Guitar S / nIc99070674

Springfield, Illinois, 627**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

De Armond By Guild Jet-Star Black Electric Bass Guitar S / nIc99070674 This guitar has definitely been used and has light scratches and damage (As pictured) Please message us with any questions and thank you for your purchase!
... more
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VINTAGE 1960s GUILD GUITAR HUGE PICK DEALER PROMO SIZE RARE 4 5 Inch

VINTAGE 1960's GUILD GUITAR HUGE PICK DEALER PROMO SIZE RARE 4 5 Inch

Apalachin, New York, 137**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$70

VINTAGE 1960's GUILD GUITAR HUGE PICK DEALER PROMO SIZE RARE 4 5 Inch. Hard to find especially in good condition which this one is in. Minor wear. Guaranteed old and original. Pictures show size and condition. Displays well. Always happy to combine shipping whenever possible. We pack well and ship quickly!
... 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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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 1977 Guild D-25 M (D25M) Mahogany w /  Orig 2520 Hard Case Acoustic Guitar

Vintage 1977 Guild D-25 M (D25M) Mahogany w / Orig 2520 Hard Case Acoustic Guitar

Covina, California, 917**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1250

Vintage 1977 Guild D-25 M (D25M) Mahogany w / Original Hard Case Acoustic Guitar* Guild 2520 Hard Case included (no key)
Please let me know if you have any additional questions
Buyers shipping within the 36 States that require collection of Internet Sales Tax will be subject to sales tax* will be shipped in a new 8x20x50 shipper
All sales are final
View all photos prior to purchase, as photos are part of the item description
All items are tested and in working condition unless ... more
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Guild M80 SB Special 1978 Double Cutaway Modified Vintage Electric Vintage

Guild M80 SB Special 1978 Double Cutaway Modified Vintage Electric Vintage

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

$1250

Condition & DescriptionConditionGoodDescriptionModified Vintage Guild M 80 Special 1978 Electric
For your consideration a well played vintage GUILD solid body electric. The serial number trace on the headstock indicates this instrument was manufactured in the Westerly RI facility in 1978. It has been modified by a previous owner. Although cosmetic issues are present the frets show little wear and it tunes and plays extremely well. We have cleaned refurbished and restrung this guitar and ... more
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GUILD S-25 1982 GUITAR

GUILD S-25 1982 GUITAR

Berlin, Connecticut, 060**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1450

1979 80 GUILD S-25 ALL ORIGINAL. POTS ARE DATED 1979 BUT COULD HAVE BEEN MADE IN 80 AS WELL. PLAYS EXCELLENT, MINIMAL FRET WEAR THERE ARE SOME SMALL CHIPS IN THE PAINT HERE AND THERE, ALL ARE SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS, MISSING THE PLASTIC TRUSS ROD COVER. COMES IN A NICE GATOR HARD CASE. PACKED PROFESSIONALLY AND FULLY INSURED FAST SHIPPING... more
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1990s Guild G-1000 Stereo Acoustic Guitar Amplifier-Chair-Seat Rare-Vintage

1990's Guild G-1000 Stereo Acoustic Guitar Amplifier-Chair-Seat Rare-Vintage

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2650

This listing is for a super cool Used / Vintage Guild G-1000 Stereo Acoustic Guitar Amplifier. These amps are really fun and were only made for a short time in the early 1990's. The are great Solid-State Acoustic Guitar amps that also double as seat or stool with a padded cushion on the top. It's a really nice amp design and are designed to be used with an acoustic or acoustic electric guitar and if your playing in coffee shops or small venues they are excellent for that as you don't have to ... more
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Vintage 1968 Thunderbass By Guild 45 Watt All Tube Amplifier Head ~ Black Tolex

Vintage 1968 Thunderbass By Guild 45 Watt All Tube Amplifier Head ~ Black Tolex

Collingswood, New Jersey, 081**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1200

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Guild X-175B Manhattan Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar with Vibrato and OHSC

Guild X-175B Manhattan Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar with Vibrato and OHSC

Spencerport, New York, 145**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1199

Up for grabs:
Guild X-175B Manhattan Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar With Guild Vibrato Tailpiece Blonde and OHSC
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All guitars ship insured FEDEX, international shipments must meet country specific size limitations and shipping constraints and we will not lower... more
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1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, 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 Gibson ES Artist launched 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 to LaVonne Music by 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 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.