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    MIK X175B? Heck yes!!!

    By request, I'm reposting this here. I probably should have done that in the first place, but didn't even realize we had a review section. :)


    I took delivery of one of the new X175Bs last night. I didn’t get much time to play it, but I do have some initial thoughts. I live in a small studio apartment, so I could only plug it in to my Yamaha modeling amp (which actually sounds surprisingly good) and play at low volume. Also, I own several old Guilds, so some of my impressions are based purely on my own personal likes and dislikes in comparison to my originals.

    I have to say it’s a very nice guitar. It looks well made and all the parts look mostly “correct”. The Guildsby looks a little odd in spots, but I didn’t have an original on hand to campare. The finish is MIK thick and glassy, but not nearly as much so as the DeArmond M77T I owned. It’s actually not too bad. It’s a tad more amber than I think looks natural, but they were going for a vintage vibe I suppose. It’s pretty, but a little goofy looking, IMO. It’s nowhere near as bad as some of Fender’s low-cost “butterscotch” Teles, though. That’s just my taste, though. It is a nice finish and some will love it.

    The neck feels nice and substantial and the slightly larger frets are a good choice. I think WB said in another post that it’s “surreal” to see these. I have to agree. I spent a lot of time just looking at it. It gives you an idea of what it would be like to play a brand new Guild in 1959. The downside is the slick glossy neck and just a general feeling of newness. Obviously, that’s just the way it is unless you want to “relic” it, which I do not.

    On another plus side, it looks like they made the neck angle steeper than the originals to get more downward pressure on the bridge. The bridge pickup cover is noticeably taller than the originals, and the bridge is adjusted pretty high.

    The PICKUPS! What we’ve all been wondering about, I’m sure. I didn’t disassemble them to take a look, but they sound really great. I went back and forth between the new one and my old X150 conversion and they are pretty similar. I’d have to say that the originals are a tad warmer, rounder, woodier, and “blurry”, while the new ones are bright, twangy and articulate. However, it’s impossible to get an honest comparison because the originals are on a 50 year old guitar. They did a good job on the pickups, I think. Unfortunately, as I said, I had to play quietly. I think a lot of the Franz magic happens at louder volumes. They can get kind of aggressive and rough around the edges in a great way. One thing I love about my old Guilds is a “growliness” that happens when the amp is cranked and you play closer intervals. It’s unrefined, but so cool. I’m not sure if it’s the pickups, the spruce top, the construction, the bracing, or what, but it’s sort of there on the new one.

    Most of the other visual details and parts are evident in the pictures. One thing I miss is the toggle switch mounting bezel. I think they are super cool, but certainly not necessary or a deal breaker.

    Overall, I’m impressed and I’m amazed that these made it to market again. Mike did a great job with the specs and the factory’s construction has a vibe that they really gave a crap about the Newark St. project. Nice case, too!

    Based on this guitar, I have high hopes for the Aristocrat.

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    Also, for those interested in the pickups, here are some photos.






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    super nice!
    i'm old to guitars but new to Guilds, and the Newark St. Collection is impressive, especially considering where they're from.
    I have a new Savoy, and every time I play it (daily) I can't help but think that some of the American competition should be feeling quite nervous now.
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    ive just bought the x175B and can attest that pound for pound sounds and feels like a guitar twice the price , in fact the gretsch bamboo anni cannot get the auhtentic tones that this nails straight out of the box .
    it goes to show buying a korean or japanese built guitar should have the stigma that they once had .
    i also tried a couple of peerless models in the shop to compare it , tone master and gigmatser .
    the peerless are very well made , but why on an archtop do they put a no-name bigsby copy of a b7 with tension bar ?
    the guild unti is licensed bigsby , but the action is very good , stable and has a lovely nickel plate

    i just wish they released this in 2010 , i would have bought this and saved myself some money
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    I've ordered the sunburst one without the Bigsby - I thought the natural finish one was a little too artificially amber/cornmeal colored, and prefer the looks of the Sunburst one. I already have a Tru-Arc bridge on the way, and a B6 Bigsby too.

    It's not like I need another Guild hollowbody, but I can get a killer deal through the guitar store I work at, and it'll be good to have a replaceable backup guitar I can put in a gig bag and not be too worried about.

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    I'll interested in your impressions once you've lived with one for a while, Walter.
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    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
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    Me too!

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    I have had a new Savoy for just over a week. I like it so much I'm thinking about the X175 so the review is welcomed.

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    Is $675 with hardshell case a good price for an X-175B?

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    Yep!
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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