Guild M-65 SB Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967)

Guild  M-65 SB Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1967)
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Guild M-65 SB Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # ED-237, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated mahogany back and sides; laminated maple top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

The Guild M-65 is a relatively obscure but great playing little guitar, with a small fully hollow f-hole body configuration fairly unusual in the 1960s. This example has the rarer full 24 3/4" scale neck; many M-65s found today are the 3/4 model with a short-scale fingerboard. Despite its diminutive body, the guitar is surprisingly full sounding, incredibly light, and very comfortable to handle. The single-coil pickup is fairly bright sounding, making for a less dark-toned instrument than many fully hollow body instruments.

This sunburst top example was made in early/mid 1967, not long before Guild began the move from their Hoboken factory up to Rhode Island. It sports typical period features including the small "Mickey Mouse" single-coil pickup in a metal frame, Guild harp tailpiece, height-adjustable rosewood bridge with metal feet, and Japanese-made strip tuners. The full-scale M-65 is one of Guild's cool but often under-appreciated designs, a super light and handy electric guitar and a neat piece of vintage Guild coolness.
 
Overall length is 39 9/16 in. (100.5 cm.), 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/16 in. (5.2 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 relatively clean and 100% original guitar, which looks to have been played over the years but not abused. The finish shows typical scuffs, dings, and dents and a worn-away spot where the bridge base foot sits over the top. The unbound back edge of the body has heavier wear, and the back of the neck has some chips, dings, a worn down area near the nut, and some mysterious gouges on the upper bass side near the body, possibly from the metal adjustor on a strap. The headstock veneer shows some typical shrinkage and lifting, but nothing serious enough to cause any problems.

Despite this moderate wear, this M-65 looks great and plays and sounds just as it should. It still resides in its original heavy-duty chipboard case which has some wear but is still completely solid and functional. This is a cool vintage Guild package, a neat and often overlooked guitar that is superbly comfortable to play and has no direct Gibson or Gretsch equivalent in the 1960s. Excellent - Condition.