Vintage X-500 question

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Hello,
Thanks for welcoming me to your forum! I just picked up a great 1966 X-500. I have a quick question about the truss rod cover, mine has a GB on it, has anyone ever seen one of these?
Thanks for any help you can provide.
 

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I just picked up a great 1966 X-500. I have a quick question about the truss rod cover, mine has a GB on it, has anyone ever seen one of these?
Hello Brian H.,

Welcome! Personalized truss-rod covers were available during that particular period. I have no idea if your cover with GB on it is one of those, but here's a photo of one that has somebody's initials (KWD) on it:



Does your truss rod cover look something like that?

Sincerely,

Hans Moust
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Welcome to LTG, Brian. A 1966 X-500... that's a wonderful acquisition. Congratulations! Hans Moust is our resident Guild expert. He wrote "The Guild Guitar Book (1952-1977)". It is a great resource if you can locate a copy. We would love to see photos of your guitar.
 
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Thanks, Hans! I was relying on my memory for that reference... and my memory ain't quite what it used to be! :witless:
 

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Thanks, Hans! I was relying on my memory for that reference... and my memory ain't quite what it used to be! :witless:
Not totally your fault. Fender revised history when after missing the 60th anniversary they decided to claim Guild starting in 1953 instead of 1952. Their defense reasoning was it wasn't until 1953 that Guild shipped their first guitar!
 
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Thank you all for your replies! Hans, I did not know that you could personalize the shield back then, that explains it.
I think George Benson played some X-500’s back in the 60’s, I can only dream it was one of his!
I would like to post some photos but can figure out how, any suggestions?
Thanks again!
 

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Thank you all for your replies! Hans, I did not know that you could personalize the shield back then, that explains it.
I think George Benson played some X-500’s back in the 60’s, I can only dream it was one of his!
I would like to post some photos but can figure out how, any suggestions?
Thanks again!
Once you get I think another post in, you'll move from moderated user to a regular user and then you can post pics.
 

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Welcome! That’s a beautiful way to make an entrance. Enjoy that fine guitar in good health!
 

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Hello Brian,

Looks like a nice one! The initials on the truss rod cover look like they were added later. At the time they used a technique where the letters would be 'raised' above the black surrounding area, just like the 'shield' outline and the letters should be 'chrome' colored as well.
Take a close look at your truss rod cover and you will see the difference.

Since your guitar has what looks like Schaller M-6 tuning machines, I assume that the guitar originally had the DeLuxe Kolb tuners?
Is there an extra screw hole just above the tuner?

By the way, who's the player on the photos that are attached to the inside lid of the case? Just curious!

Sincerely,

Hans Moust
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Oh wow, that's a very handsome X-500! A big Guild hollowbody with anti-hum pickups is something I've had the pleasure of playing but not owning. Enjoy it!

-Dave-
 
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Hi Hans,
Thanks for letting me know about the lettering, I appreciate it!
Yes, someone had replaced the tuners with Schallers.
Here is a pic of an old newspaper photos that was pasted to the inside of the case, pretty cool!
Cheers,
Brian
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Yes, someone had replaced the tuners with Schallers.
Here is a pic of an old newspaper photos that was pasted to the inside of the case, pretty cool!
Thanks for the Joe Pass photos!

You probably missd my earier question. Since your guitar has the Schaller M-6 tuning machines, I assume that the guitar originally had the DeLuxe Kolb tuners? Is there an extra screw hole just above the tuner?

Sincerely,

Hans Moust
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Thanks for the Joe Pass photos!

You probably missd my earier question. Since your guitar has the Schaller M-6 tuning machines, I assume that the guitar originally had the DeLuxe Kolb tuners? Is there an extra screw hole just above the tuner?

Sincerely,

Hans Moust
www.guitarsgalore
It's probably got an extra hole both above and below the Schallers, since they have the mounting tabs coming off to the side.
 
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