Guild X-50-B Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1963)

Guild  X-50-B Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1963)
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Guild X-50-B Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1963), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 22878, natural lacquer finish, laminated maple body, laminated mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.

This is a lovely early 1963 Guild archtop in a striking blonde finish, built in the old Neumann Leather building along the train tracks in Hoboken NJ. While the X-50 was the lowest ranked electric guitar in their line, it is still a very well-made instrument with a solid professional feel. The 16 inch fully hollow body is laminate maple throughout with an ambered natural finish, single bound top and back. Gibson did not offer similar instruments in natural finish at the time, only sunburst. This is one of the final period guitars to feature the old 1950s style Franz P-90 style pickup with white plastic cover, something Guild was phasing out at the time. This single pickup is mounted in the neck position, with volume control and tone controls topped by plastic skirted knobs with a G shield logo on the metal cap.

Other typical features include the Guild harp trapeze tailpiece, wooden adjustable bridge and a clear Acrylic back-painted pickguard with a gold printed Guild logo and chevron design. The one piece mahogany neck has a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with small pearl dot inlays. The earlier-style Guild open book peghead has a black plastic peghead overlay with pearloid Guild logo and open back Waverly tuning machine strips with metal buttons. The back of the peghead has a Gibson-style black stinger, not a common feature for a Guild but definitely factory work. Overall this is a very nice and extremely playable instrument, especially sharp looking in the natural finish and complete in its original brown Guild-badged hard shell case with a brown lining.
 
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 9/16 in. (40 mm.).

This is a very nice and all original guitar, one of the best preserved early '60s Guilds that we have encountered in some time. The finish is all original and very clean with just some very minor dings, dents and scuffs and some slight buckle rash on the back into but not through the lacquer. There is one deeper ding into the middle of the back of neck but really no major wear.

The plastic headstock face has some minor scuffing, all the binding is tight and solid with no shrinking or cracking. The G string tuner is slightly bent but functions as intended. The original frets show some minor signs of play wear but have plenty of life left.
Overall this is a sharp looking and fine playing guitar with a good neck angle and a single excellent sounding pickup. It includes the original high-grade Guild hard shell case that would not often have been ordered with this lower-end model. Excellent + Condition.