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    NS X-175B owners review updates request

    I know several LTG members bought X-175's (and B's) when they first came out; I'm curious what the owners think of them after playing them for an extended period.

    I originally came here intending to buy an X-175; after being side tracked a couple of times, (X-170, SF4) I'm thinking it's 175 time. The 'B' seems to be the best match for The kind of stuff I play.
    Please let me know what you think.
    Shihan= Dennis

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    I liked mine but I didn't love it enough to keep it. To be fair, though, that's because it had too many US-made Guilds in my possession to compete with.
    S100s: [ 1997 red ]
    X170s: [ 1994 SB ]
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    Starfires: [ III-90 2002 'burst | IV 2000 blond ]
    Bluesbirds: [ M-75 1973 Walnut | M-80 1981 | 1997 red | 2016 Iced Tea ]
    Nightbirds: [ GG 1986 Flamed 'burst | 1988ish curly lava-burst ]
    Non-Guilds: [ Meh ]

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    I'm curious. What do you expect the X-175 to provide that the X-170 didn't?
    Don

    Guild X-170-T
    Guild Starfire V
    G&L ASAT Deluxe Semi-Hollow
    Gretsch 6120 DC
    Gretsch 5422-12
    Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    Fender '90s Custom Telecaster

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    Don, My 170 is a fabulous guitar, no complaints at all, but I would like single coil PU's, and a Guildsby, and the deeper body of the 175. Just a different flavor, like between an SF4 and a 170.
    Also, I would have another Guild! That can't be a bad thing.
    Shihan= Dennis

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    Aah! From your post, I had assumed that you had divested yourself of the Starfire and Mini-Manhattan. As if, right?

    Nothing wrong with a third Guild. Or a fourth for that matter.

    And Guildsbys go on X-170s very well, by the way.

    Don

    Guild X-170-T
    Guild Starfire V
    G&L ASAT Deluxe Semi-Hollow
    Gretsch 6120 DC
    Gretsch 5422-12
    Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    Fender '90s Custom Telecaster

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    And single coils can be retrofitted as well.



    But the X-175 is really cool as well. I saved Walter Broes' review when he got his first Newark Street Manhattan.

    http://letstalkguild.com/ltg/showthr...Got-my-NS-X175!!
    Don

    Guild X-170-T
    Guild Starfire V
    G&L ASAT Deluxe Semi-Hollow
    Gretsch 6120 DC
    Gretsch 5422-12
    Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    Fender '90s Custom Telecaster

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    Senior Member Walter Broes's Avatar
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    I still have my NS 175, and still feel the same way about it I did before. It's a lot of guitar for the money. I don't play mine all that much because I have two Hoboken X175's that I like a lot more, but it's not really fair comparing them.

    There's something ugly and plasticky about the upper mids/treble in it that I've heard in most Korean made hollowbodies I've played, unplugged as well as plugged in. But again, not fair comparing a brand new guitar to two early 60's ones that have had the snot played out of them. Exactly the upper mids and trebles is where a lot of guitars mellow out a little as they age and get played in, so who knows what my NS guitar will sound like in 50 years? I don't think I'll be around to hear it... :-)

    -1960 CE100D
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    Senior Member Walter Broes's Avatar
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    Whoa! Is hat P90 guitar yours Don? sweet!

    -1960 CE100D
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    -2011 F47R
    -2015 Newark Street X175 BLK

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    No, it was just a picture that I saved. I agree on the sweetness. If I found another, I might get a second X-170. Nothing wrong with having a blonde around with a great figure, right?
    Don

    Guild X-170-T
    Guild Starfire V
    G&L ASAT Deluxe Semi-Hollow
    Gretsch 6120 DC
    Gretsch 5422-12
    Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    Fender '90s Custom Telecaster

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    I enjoy my NS X-175B. I have a new harp tail piece that I plan on replacing the Bigsby style bar. I just don't use it for the stuff I play, and I prefer the cleaner, lighter , look of the simple harp. I put flat wounds on it and it has a nice jazzy tone to it. I will admit, I rarely use the bridge pickup on ANY electric guitar I own. I just prefer the deeper tones from the neck pickup. I go back and forth between it and the SF IV I have with humbuckers, depending on the style of the songs I am learning. I find it well worth the price I paid for it. Just a lot of fun.
    1974 Ovation Legend
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    1984 Ovation 1758 12 string
    2010 Guild F47R
    2013 Guild NS X175-B
    1998 Guild Starfire IV
    2008 Prototype D55

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