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Used Archtop Guitars


Guild: ARTIST AWARD

(Item ID: ARTIST AWARD)

Guild Guitars ARTIST AWARD

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17" Hollowbody Archtop with Carved Spruce and Maple and Sunburst Finish

From its inception, the "Artist Award" archtop jazz guitar was the crème de la crème of the Guild guitar company. By utilizing the most select materials and best craftsmen they had, this model was equivalent to a custom shop offering and served to showcase the exceptional level of artistry and skill the Guild craftsmen possessed. As such, these instruments are beautiful to behold and a revelation to play.

Based on the serial number, this guitar was built in 1997 at the Westerly, Rhode Island facility which Guild occupied from 1966 until 2001. Beneath the truss rod cover, one will see a hand-written date in neat script reading 10, February 1997. Dates aside, this instrument is in exceptional condition with only a trace of playing or handling wear, and generally it appears as if it were only rarely played. It features a hand-carved select solid spruce top and carved Flamed (fiddle-back) maple body, a multi-piece flamed maple neck with a fully bound ebony fingerboard decorated with abalone triangles inside pearl block inlays, and a stylish art deco headstock with multi-piece bindings and a signature abalone block inlay inset with a pearl logo nameplate. Additionally, the top and back are fully bound with a multi-piece pattern similar to that on the headplate, and the tortoise pickguard is also bound and has attached to it a single volume control and a single floating humbucker with a gold cover plate. Finally, this guitar is fitted with gold Imperial Grover tuning machines, an ebony bridge system, and it has a 1 11/16" nut width and 25 1/2" scale length. And while this list may seem to include a lot of elaborate details, actually the many parts are beautifully integrated in a manner that does not speak of excess, but, rather, of elegance derived from the tasteful artistry of the design.

With respect to its sound and playability, it is our opinion that this twenty-one year old guitar is a superb example of the best that Guild offers. Its action is smooth and fast, and its clean, resonant acoustic sound is well preserved when amplified. One of our current teachers and two of our former teachers each own an Artist Award, and each regard theirs as a prize possession, because short of owning a D'Angelico or a D'Aquisto, the Artist Award is one of the best jazz guitars for the money a player can own.

This guitar includes a deluxe archtop hardshell case. (used)

Our Price: $4995.00

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