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  #107   GUILD CUSTOM SHOP X-700 LS.    Single Pickup.
   
 
  One-off, Benedetto scale long neck X-700,  hand crafted at Guild's Custom Shop.
   
 
  Beautiful, hand-carved close grain Spruce top with Johnny Smith styled electrics.
   
 
  Hand carved, one-piece Flame Maple back with matching sides and heavily Flamed 5 piece Maple neck.   
 
  Like new
 
  This type of printed serial number identifies it as made in Guild's Custom Shop
 
  Unusual for Guild,  genuine Johnny Smith styled electrics on a bound pickguard
   
 
  If you look closely,  it is very much hand made.
   
 

  Definitely a one-off.    The pickup mounting plate is stamped "Custom Shop"
   
 
  Makers marks?   T for Treble,  B for Bass and the initials LYN.    Any suggestions??
   
 
  Guild's Custom Shop in Nashville enjoys a well earned a reputation for excellent craftsmanship.
   
     
     
 

This superb X-700 is a Guild Custom Shop special made in 1999.    It is superb in every way.  Unique, I believe,  it has a massive acoustic voice and a majestic, mellow rich amplified tone.  It is of outstanding quality and in fine, fine condition.

It is quite a departure from a standard Rhode Island X-700.

-  It has a Long, Benedetto Scale, neck and so has model designation X-700LS on the label to denote "Long Scale"

-  The floating Johnny Smith pickup is mounted on a Johnny Smith style pickguard and takes its design cues equally from early 70's guild shapes and from current Benedetto models.

-  The pickguard is bound with black/white binding which I have not seen before on a Guild.

-  The pickup appears to be a true Johnny Smith mini humbucker,  not the normal Guild floating pickup.

When I first saw this guitar I thought it was a customer request for a X-700 with Johnny Smith electrics.     But the Custom Shop records show this guitar to have been made, not to order,  but as an in-house project which was then sold and shipped to Europe.   Certainly it is a beautiful, hand crafted guitar with massive voice and great tone.  

So, I am just speculating ,  bearing in mind that this guitar was made sometime before 1999,  has the Benedetto scale,  and has a bound pickguard that looks rather like a Benedetto Fratello with a pickup,  might it perhaps have been a pre-Benedetto sample showing what a Benedetto X-700 might look like.   There are distinct similarities.

Either way its a great guitar.  It has an enormous acoustic voice, just the way a good hand made archtop should be,  which when amplified really comes alive.

Clearly it is all original and is in fine condition.    A delight to play,  it is also highly collectible.

I was fortunate to have acquired it from the original owner who has cared for it meticulously since 1999 and he vouched that nothing has been changed.   Looking at the guitar I can go along with that.   It is absolutely pristine except for two tiny surface bruises on the top.   The case, however,  is for a flat top not an archtop.   Perhaps this was the only case the shop had that would take the long neck!!

 

     
  Price :  3,950 plus shipment (Insurance optional).   For overseas shipment please ask.
   
  More pics available on request.

 

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