OMG X350

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So I'm looking up specs on the CE100D vs. the Starfire III and find this amazing Guild:
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WOW
 

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No idea what this thing sounds or plays like but it sure is easy on the eyes.
 

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Thanks for the links.
I need another guitar like a hole in the head but.....this one is just .....fabulous!
Reminds me a little of this pic I saved a few years ago:
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Guild is still a force to be reckoned with....
.....spruce tone bars, ebony 9.5 fret board, vintage tall frets, bound body, neck and head stock......TURN my computer off - I'm going to pull the trigger.
YIKES
 

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Speaking of the X350 ...look at this glorious example from 58'
58 X350.jpg
 

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I owned a '57 X-375 B and like a numb skull I sold it. It was a bit of a handful I must say, what with all those buttons. Too many choices for me. I got a lot of raves at open mics though. Here's a link to the one I bought:
 

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I owned a '57 X-375 B and like a numb skull I sold it. It was a bit of a handful I must say, what with all those buttons. Too many choices for me. I got a lot of raves at open mics though. Here's a link to the one I bought:
Beautiful Rich but don't beat yourself up - looking back there are lots of bone headed decisions we all have made. My guess is, I will make more
 

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@ Rich Cohen : on the reissue guitar the extra knobs are gone : a good excuse to buy a bew guitar ! ;-)
 

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Probably a very stupid question but here we go : does the fact that this guitar has 3 pu make it more feedback resistant ( because the top vibrates less) ?
 

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I think it has spruce tone bars in it. I know Gretsch does this on some of their Archtops.
 

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Charlie Gracie's a Philly boy.

Here's an Inquirer article: https://www.inquirer.com/philly/entertainment/music/20160531_Charlie_Gracie_and_his_guitar__still__quot_Fabulous_quot__after_all_these_years.html

And another: https://www.inquirer.com/philly/entertainment/20120130_Charlie_Gracie__75__is_back_with_a_new_rock_and_roll_record.html

"Gracie still plays the two handmade Guild X-350 guitars he bought for $750 each in 1957 in South Philly - big guitars that look even bigger against his 5-foot, 4-inch frame."
 

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This abbreviated history of Guild below the new Stratford is pretty cool.
So interesting to find out how companies got their start.
Here we are almost 70 years later and Guild is still going strong with a loyal following.

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Guild Guitars got its start in New York City in 1952 when a 4 month strike at the Epiphone Company left many workers without a job. Professional guitarist and music store owner Alfred “Al” Dronge, and ex-Epiphone executive George Mann, formed a partnership and registered the Guild name that October. With Mann’s workforce and Dronge’s passion for jazz music, Guild concentrated solely on the production of full-depth hollow body electric guitars for their first year in 1953. The experienced luthiers from Epiphone borrowed ideas from the base design of the Zephyr Emperor, making the body slightly smaller for ease of performance, and opting for three Franz P90 single coil pickups. In an effort to build better guitars before production, Al used his connections with many of the best players and recording artists in the city to receive a lot of valuable professional input on his designs. As a result, the newly branded X-350 Stratford became Guild’s most successful high-end model in the 1950’s.
 

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With respect to the last post I found this which is no stranger to most of you
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