Yes, it's a single coil that sounds like an underwound P-90 - bright and chimey, but if you dig in it will growl (but not as thick or hot as a vintage P-90). It's a really great pickup and I wish more of my Guilds had them.Is that a single coil pickup? What do they sound like?
Beautiful Sunburst, Cool CheckingThe Ace Deluxe strap was quite likely purchased at the same time as the guitar. Seller had it listed separate for $100 and was glad I bought it as there is a very clear imprints - twice - of this strap shoulder pad in the back of the guitar, typical "strap burn" reaction with nitro finish that has crazed in a beautiful way.
A genuine relic.
Very light weight, resonant. More or less a museum piece.
Also unusual is the very deluxe hardcase paired with what was a entry level guitar.
Entry level guitars back then were really something compared to now.
Tuners are good.
Pots are stiff like new and quiet.
This is an alder body, and comparing it to a Mahogany body S-50 I had at the same time, I just had to keep this one. It was lighter, with fuller tone. As usual the Mahogany had a bit more bark.
These guitars sound fabulous clean, potentially awful with overdrive. The placement of the pickup is not conducive to high gain tones, same can be said of all mid or so mounted single pickup guitars of the 60's, they sound joyous clean, not so good overdriven, too flabby.
However, if you have an amp that is ice picky bright, this would work, as well as any good treble booster.
I find the tone knob to be subtle and mysteriously like a 2nd volume control with different properties than the Master Volume knob.
The Burst is very pleasing.
The headstock shape is wonderful.
Original nut still has paint finish on the sides.
The pickup is CRAZY LOUD through my '66 Ampeg ReverbeRocket with gobs of clean headroom, much louder than a Strat.