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1998 Guild X-700

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Serial #: AK7000225, 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, bone nut.

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.

Notes: The X-700 Stuart was 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. Produced in very limited numbers, the Westerly X-700 was discontinued in 1999 after three scant years of production, becoming an instant collector's item, as well as a highly sought after instrument for the performing guitarist.

This gleaming guitar is a product of the Westerly, Rhode Island factory, where Guild enjoyed its greatest years, from 1966 until its closing in 2001. An elegant and resonant working jazz box, this striking instrument is built with extravagantly figured tiger flame maple, and a solid carved quartersawn spruce soundboard. The guitar has a full-depth body that is nicely feedback resistant, smooth low action with a fresh high-precision setup, a comfy gentle D profile neck, and a master volume control conveniently placed near the pickguard.

This example is in 100% original condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and appears virtually unplayed: this is as fine an example of this outstanding model as we have seen. Rare and highly sought after, the X-700 is an exceptional find for the serious player looking for great value in a true carved top jazz box. One only, 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 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: Original Guild deluxe arched black plush lined hardshell case.
























































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