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
It is of outstanding quality and in fine, fine condition.
It is quite a departure from
a standard Rhode Island
- 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
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!!