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Guild M-75 BluesBird Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967)
Guild M-75 BluesBird Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # DD-135, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated mahogany body and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.
This striking guitar is one of the very first re-issue Guild BluesBirds from late 1967, very similar in spec. to the original 1950's models but with 1960's humbucking pickups instead of Franz single coils. Guild discontinued the unique small hollow-body M-75 in the early '60's, unfortunate in retrospect as the design is one of the company's most distinctive instruments. By the mid-60's the company found an increasing demand for the model and thus this 1967 re-appearance. The "new" M-75 soon underwent a fairly rapid evolution, eventually turning by the 1970's into a solid body guitar more like a Les Paul. This early model is a full hollow body with a laminated spruce top, still built from the original '50's patterns. The Serial number is DD-135, marking this as the 35th guitar built in the re-introduced series. This is quite a deluxe little guitar with block fingerboard inlay and gold plated hardware. It is very resonant, with a lively sound-the stock wiring is wildly out-of-phase in the middle position providing a very snarly tone with both pickups together. One of the rarer and cooler of mid/late '60's Guilds, and a very unique sounding guitar in any era.
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 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 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). 100% original and undisturbed (including the very often missing original wooden bridge and adjustable mounting cups) with some light average wear overall. There are some small dings and chips, a spot of buckle wear on the back upper bout. The pickups and tuners have some wear to the gold plating and the headstock veneer has evenly shrunken at the edges; other than that this is a very nicely preserved guitar. Frets have some light wear but are still solid; this is an excellent player with a nice if somewhat worn OHSC. Overall Excellent - Condition.
Item # 5440
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