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1990 Guild Manhattan X-170N

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Serial #: HL100628, Westerly, RI label

Body size at lower bout:16 1/2" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 21/32" Body Depth: 2 1/2"

Materials: Arched slab-cut maple top; arched flame maple back and sides, maple neck with mahogany stripes; rosewood fingerboard with block inlay; 3-ply body binding, bound fingerboard; Chesterfield peghead inlay.

Hardware: 100% original gold hardware, including harp tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic tuners; twin Guild HB-1 humbucking pickups. Original compensated rosewood bridge; beveled art deco stairstep pickguard,

Notes: Introduced in 1988, the Guild Manhattan X-170 is a thinline version of the venerable X-175 , which made its debut in 1954, a year after the firm opened its doors. With its wide body and contoured Venetian cutaway, the design of the Manhattan X-170 resembles that of the Gibson Byrdland or ES-350T, with the playability of a standard scale length neck.

A scarce model especially in blonde, the X-170 was produced only until 2003. This example is from the Westerly, Rhode Island factory, where Guild enjoyed its greatest years from 1966 until its closing in 2001. Exceptionally flamed, the guitar is in wonderful condition, with all original hardware, warmly ambered original blonde finish, and original hardshell case. The instrument shows no cracks, pick buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Apart from a short lacquer check on the neck binding near the 1st fret, a tiny veneer check at the jack, and some typical plating wear on the pickup covers, the guitar appears to have had very little play altogether.

An outstanding value in an unusually attractive package, the Manhattan X-170 offers comfort, tone and a very comfy neck in a rare combination for the performing guitarist.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, crowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original Guild deluxe arched black plush hardshell case.


















































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