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1998 Guild Stuart X-700

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Serial #: AK700291, Westerly, RI label

Body size at lower bout:17" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 11/16"

Materials: Solid carved bookmatched spruce top, arched tiger flame maple back, sides and neck; 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.

Hardware: 100% original hardware, including hand-engraved gold tailpiece; compensated ebony bridge; gold Grover Rotomatic tuners; beveled art deco stairstep pickguard; gold Guild humbucking pickups; tone and volume controls for each pickup, master volume and pickup selector switch on cutaway horn. Buzz Feiten patent compensated nut installed.

Notes: Introduced in 1994, the X-700 Stuart is the top of the Guild electric line, their only such model with a solid carved bookmatched Sitka spruce top. Like its counterpart, the Gibson L-5CES, the X-700 has the 17" Venetian cutaway body, mounted pickups and controls, deluxe multiply binding and gold hardware throughout. From Epiphone's Emperor, the X-700 adapted the abalone/pearl V-block fingerboard inlay. And another New Yorker, name of D'Angelico, supplied inspiration for the art-deco pickguard.

This example is a product of the Rhode Island factory, where Guild enjoyed its greatest years, from 1966 until its closing in 2001. An elegant and resonant working jazz box, the X-700 has a sleek neck profile and a full-depth body that is notably feedback resistant. This example has 100% original finish and hardware, and shows highly figured maple in the back, sides and neck. A Buzz Feiten patent compensated nut has been installed for superior intonation. Apart from a few traces of checking in the gleaming sunburst finish, and a tiny shrinkage crack in the neck binding, the guitar is largely as it left the Westerly, Rhode Island plant in the glory days of the Guild Guitar Company. An exceptional find for the serious player looking for great value in a true carved top jazz box. Call now.

Setup: 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 deluxe Guild arched black plush hardshell case.
























































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