Guild T-100 Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962)

Guild  T-100 Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1962)
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Guild T-100 Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 19165, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This 1962 T-100 "Slim Jim" represents one of Guild's lesser known 1960's stand-bys, a relative bargain in a professional grade guitar with most of the same features of the popular Starfire series at a slightly lower price. The thinline 16" single-cutaway T-100 is finished in sunburst on the single-bound laminated maple top and unbound back. The single pickup in this early 1962 version is Guild's 1950's white plastic-covered P-90 style single-coil unit made by Fransch electronics in Woodside, Queens. By later 1963 these disappeared from the company's line, replaced with various stock Guild pickups.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a bound, dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard and the headstock is the earlier "open book" shape with a Guild-inlaid plastic overlay with "Chesterfield" column inlay. It is fitted with slightly unusual Van Gent strip tuners sometimes seen on Guilds in this period. The Franz style pickup in the neck position offers a different sound than the DeArmond or Humbucker equipped Starfires. This is quite a sweet sounding instrument, an very nice player and still an excellent value in an early 1960's vintage hollow body guitar.
 
Overall length is 41 1/4 in. (104.8 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is a very nice example especially for 62 years on, with some overall play wear but no notable damage or repair. Overall the original finish shows some small dings, chips and rubs-most notably to the unbound back edge of the body. There is a slight bulge to the back/side seam beneath the tailpiece where the seam was resealed but all is solid. The finish and hardware are original including the original metal-button strip tuners, single Franz pickup, adjustable rosewood bridge, Guild harp tailpiece, metal-capped knobs and back-painted Lucite pickguard. While not a particularly versatile model this is an excellent playing guitar, with a good neck angle and fine sound. It includes a modern Guild HSC. Overall Excellent Condition.