Used Archtop Guitars
Guild: ARTIST AWARD(Item ID: ARTIST AWARD Serial#: JA100163)
17" Hollowbody Archtop with Carved Spruce and Maple and Sunburst Finish
From its inception, the "Artist Award" archtop jazz guitar was the crθme de la crθme 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 1988 at the Westerly, Rhode Island facility which Guild occupied from 1966 until 2001. It features a hand-carved select solid spruce top and carved Flamed (fiddle-back) maple body, a multi-piece 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 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.
Though this guitar was well-maintained by its previous owner, it does show some notable signs of wear that it picked up over the last 30+ years. Theres a plug on the upper bout from where the strap button used to be located. There are two larger dents, one on the back near the very center and one on the butt near the tailpiece mount. The pickguard shows some substantial pick-swirling. Most notably, there is a blemish on the bass side waist of the guitar of unknown origin. Our best guess is that it came from something on the wood itself that made its way to the surface over time. Lastly, there are numerous small dings and scratches throughout the body. We would rate this guitar in VERY GOOD condition.
Specifications and Features
Body Carved Flamed Maple Back and Sides
Top Carved Spruce
Neck 5-Piece Maple
Fingerboard Bound Ebony with MOP Block and Abalone Triangle Inlays
Nut Material Bone
Nut Width 1 11/16th
Scale Length 25 ½
Headstock Veneer Walnut with Artist Award Inlay
Pickups Original Floating Neck Humbucker with Gold Cover
Controls Master Volume Knob on Pickguard
Tailpiece Engraved Gold
Tuning Machines Gold Grover Imperial
Pickguard Tortoiseshell with Multiply Binding
Finish - Sunburst
Case Original Hardshell Case (Good Condition) (used)
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