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Guild X-500

After more than a year of searching websites I found this guitar in Belgium. The X-500 has a laminated spruce top, back and sides with a 17" body. The model was quite close to the Epiphone Zephyr De Luxe Regent since some of the Guild luthiers came over from Epiphone. I like the X-500 very much, it has great playability and a great jazz-tone with an open sound. I play it over my old Roland Cube 60 Chorus.The shorter scale length of 24 3/4" adds to the playability when strung with a .011 set because of the lower string tension at that scale.

 

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Guild X-500        
 
   
    Serial number 144031 which means that the guitar is from 1976. In 1976 a new X-500 was price listed for $1,050.  
   
        Since 1965 the fingerboard inlays had changed to a 3-piece design with 2 pieces of white mother of pearl and a piece of abalone wedged in to the bottom of the inlay
     
The famous Guild "deluxe" engraved golden tailpiece. Before 1963 these were gold-plated, since 1963 they are cast   7-ply binding around the body    
     
Naturally aged crackle glaze look, culry maple (laminated)   3-ply binding alongside the neck