This page describes some of the features common to numerous Guild instruments: XR-7 pickups; Phase switch vs. coil tap; Guild custom machine heads.
XR-7 pickups and the optional circuitry are described as follows:
XR-7 PICKUPS An advanced magnetic/electronic design pioneered by Guild. Of a dual sound nature, the XR-7 offers players a wide range of tonalities, from humbucking power and distortion to single coil bite and clarity, with everything in between (See section below on phase/coil tap switches). Allen Collins told us "I normally replace stock pickups with PAFs, but I wouldn't change these XR-7's, and you can quote me." Thanks Allen, we did. XR-7's are also available separately at your Guild dealer.
PHASE SWITCH VS. COIL TAP Basically, a phase switch allows you to use the XR-7's normally, or "out of phase" with each other by reversing their polarity. This provides many interesting tonal effects. The more popular coil tap can let you alternate the XR-7 from its full humbucking sound to a single coil sound. Either switch is available as an option or standard feature on the Guild guitar you select. Many players have told us also that they prefer the XR-7 without these options, for a more straight ahead, basic rock sound. The choice is yours.
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