Guild M-65NT Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1960)

Guild  M-65NT Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1960)
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Guild M-65NT Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1960), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 15183, natural lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, maple top, rosewood fingerboard, original brown chipboard case.

This 1960 Guild M-65NT is a fairly obscure but great playing little guitar, one of the Hoboken-based company's nicest original ideas. Basically a plainer, simpler version of the M-75 Aristocrat the M-65 has a small 13 1/2" wide fully hollow F-hole body with a single pickup. The higher end M-75 had two pickups, fancier trim and a spruce top without soundholes. This M-65 NT has a full 24 3/4" scale neck; the great majority of M-65's found today are the 3/4 model with a short-scale fingerboard. The "NT" designation on the label stands for "Natural Top" another fairly rare variation as most M-65's carry a sunburst finish top.

This guitar is built with a fully hollow mahogany body and laminated maple top. The back is unbound and the top triple bound in celluloid. The mahogany neck has a bound, dot inlaid rosewood fingerboard. The headstock has a simple silkscreen gold script Guild logo, Waverly openback tuners and the older small 1950's style truss rod cover. Most of the rest of the fittings are typical of the early 1960's including the back-painted Lucite pickguard, Guild "Harp" tailpiece, gold tinted clear plastic knobs with a "G" shield metal cap, and the two-footed wooden-saddle adjustable bridge specific to this model. The single-coil pickup under a white plastic cover is the standard Franz variation on the P-90, with a bit less output but more sparkle than its Gibson ancestor.

This is a fairly rare guitar, the first example of a long scale, natural top M-65 we have had. One of Guild's cool but often forgotten gems, this M-65D is a neat piece of vintage Hoboken cool. Despite its diminutive body the guitar is surprisingly full sounding, while still incredibly light and very comfortable to handle. A happy find in stunning condition for a 60 year old Guild and a new shop favorite!
Overall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm.), 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/8 in. (5.4 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.). We almost never describe vintage instruments as "Near Mint' but this one comes closer than most. Apart from some minor dings, dents and scuffs this guitar looks little used over its 60 years on earth…the only really notable wear is to the unbound edge of the back and top of the headstock. Amazingly for a guild of this period there is no binding distress anywhere. There is a small laminate check on the lower side at the peak of the cutaway.

The instrument is 100% original, the finish and plating still shine, the neck is straight, the frets are clean, even the original heavy duty chipboard case is in exceptional condition and surprisingly functional. It's kind of like going to a pawnshop in 1962 and finding an almost-new guitar, with just the original owner's wear. We love these small-body Guilds and this is the nicest one we have ever had. Oh, and it plays and sounds great too! Excellent + Condition.