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1989 Guild Stuart X-500

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Serial #: JB100331 Westerly, RI label

Body size at lower bout:17" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 10/16" Neck depth: .84/.93, 1st/10th fret

Materials: Solid 5 piece maple neck; arched maple body; solid ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl/abalone V-block inlay; G-logo peghead inlay; 8-ply body binding, 5 ply fingerboard binding, triple bound headstock and f-holes, bone nut.

Hardware: 100% original gold hardware, including Guild HB-1 humbucking pickups, engraved harp tailpiece; Grover Rotomatic tuners; compensated ebony bridge; beveled art deco stairstep pickguard; volume and tone controls; master volume control; 3 way pickup selector switch; adjustable truss rod.

Notes: Introduced in 1953, the Guild Stuart X-500 remained the top of the Guild electric line for over four decades, and incorporates design features from a number of its ultra-premium competitors. Like the Gibson ES-350 and Tal Farlow models, the Stuart X-500 features a 17" Venetian cutaway body, mounted pickups and controls, deluxe multiply binding and gold hardware throughout. From Epiphone's Emperor, the X-500 adapted the abalone/pearl V-block fingerboard inlay. And another New Yorker, named D'Angelico, supplied inspiration for the art-deco stairstep pickguard as well.

In 1963, the X-500 model was equipped with humbucking pickups, and a master volume control appeared by 1971. This fine example features a slab cut arched maple body with light birdseye figure on the back, and a solid ebony fingerboard with abalone and pearl split-block inlays. Like the ES-350 and Tal Farlow, the laminate body and small maple soundpost block under the bridge on the X-500 offers superior feedback resistance, and enhanced stability against fluctuations in temperature and humidity.

Maintained in gleaming condition, this guitar has been carefully maintained without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Apart from a small nick in the binding on the lower treble side, and some normal plating wear, the instrument shows few signs of play altogether. The gentle D neck profile is sleek and fast, with smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup. Ideal for the player looking for warm classic tone, but reluctant to wrestle a clubby traditional neck, this guitar is truly a unbeatable buy in a pro-quality full sized electric archtop.

An exceptional find for the working player or weekend warrior alike. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flatwound strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" 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: New black plush lined hardshell case.






















































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