Here we have for sale a stunning Guild X-500T Paladin styled archtop. Built in 1994 in the Westerly, Rhode Island facility in the heyday of Guild. This Rock ‘n’ Roll baby is in pristine all round condition & performs beautifully.
The X500T is a real Rockabilly masterpiece. A spruce top, maple body and neck and inlaid ebony fingerboard make up this model, which also comes with two vintage P-90 style pickups & gold plated hardware. It has a Guildsby on it! (For those not aware, Guildsby is the affectionate nickname given to Bigsby tailpieces that say Guild on them!)
It has a five-piece maple neck with an ebony fingerboard, which features inlays made from genuine pearl blocks and abalone inserts. This Guild is a timeless hollowbody, built in the classic Guild jazz guitar style. Its body is made with laminated maple, while its top is laminated sitka spruce. The two pieces of spruce which make up the guitar’s top are hand picked & matched.
The tuners are gold Grovers, the pickguard is the Guild-emblazoned stair-step design as used on Guilds of this era. Of course it has gold hardware to match the rest of the guitar.
The hardware is typical of high-end Guild electrics from this era & the bridge is all-metal, likely required due to the Rockabilly roots of a guitar like this, combined with the increased stress induced by the Guildsby
The P90 single-coil pickups (They appear to be Seymour Duncan Antiquity P90 Dog-Ears ) really brighten the guitar compared to its humbucker brethren and give it that sparkle. Since these are large guitars, their size contributes to a deeper sound than most other electric guitars, and that sound doesn’t generally work for Rockabilly, which is really what this guitar seems to be made for, hence the P90s are much brighter than humbuckers, there’s just something about single coils that even the best humbucker can’t replicate!
- The neck pickup produces a delicious jazzy tone with all the woody overtones
- The middle position, with both pickups selected, offers a wonderfully balanced sound where, again, the characteristics of the guitar shine through.
- The bridge pickup has all the girth and snarl of an angry Les Paul Jr. or SG while also offering some of that wonderful woody tone of the big maple guitar.
This is a beautifully made instrument & the attention to detail is superb, as one would expect from such a high-end instrument. It had a list price of $3,599.99 in 2001 so at our price and given that this model was made at the Westerly, Rhode Island facility, not the newer (Fender) Corona, California factory, this is a steal!
This guitar weighs in at 8 lbs 4 oz which is a really nice weight.
In conclusion, it is an absolute joy to play, certainly in part because of it’s high quality and attention to detail, but definitely because of the amazing tones produced by the guitar.
Prices below taken from the 2001 Guild US retail price list!
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