Vintage Instruments: Other Acoustic Guitars

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1961 Guild X-50

Guild’s answer to Gibson’s top-selling ES-125, the X-50 featured a 16” fully hollow body, a single pickup in the neck position with volume and tone controls, simple appointments, and a comfortable short-scale neck. Between you and me, though, the X-50 is immeasurably cooler. Maybe it’s the relative rarity of the model, or that cool Guild headstock or cream pickup cover. Whatever the reason, this blonde X-50 is one vibe-y machine.

The guitar is completely original and in excellent condition. We elected not to detail this one as we do most of our guitars as its original patina is just so gorgeous as it sits. Set-up in shop, it certainly plays as well as you’d expect of a Folkway guitar.

Perhaps the single biggest difference between the X-50 and the fairly similar ES-125 is in the pickup. Guild’s Franz-made single coil is a lower output pickup than Gibson’s P-90, and although they look similar on the outside, these two pickups are quite different. The Franz pickup is generally brighter, more transparent, and has a slightly lower output than a P-90, which gives it its characteristic clean voice. For a good percentage of Jazz players, there’s no better pickup than a Franz.

With round C carved neck, short scale, and easy to handle nut width of 1-5/8” the X-50 is as lovely to play as it is to look at. We have it set up with flatwound strings, which bring out the guitar’s jazzy side.

With its original hardshell case, this ’61 Guild X-50 is pretty exciting and affordable vintage package.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.


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