This is one of only 13
Stuarts made in 1985 - a classic, handmade, jazz
archtop, built when Guild were at the height of their
abilities. The sunburst that Guild used in
'85 was a rich, deep, warm tone - just like a
polished new "Conker"!
With its replacement
pickups, this one is just pure Johnny
Smith! Pure "Moonlight in Vermont". Perhaps
that is not surprising
as most of his early recordings were made with
his trusty Stuart and his D'Angelico.
He was reported to be quite disappointed with the Johnny
Smith model Guild made for him when he asked them to make him a "near copy" of
his D'A". Apparently it fell a long way
short of John D'Angelicos design and it seems he went back
to playing his Stuart. No surprise there!
I let John Etheridge
play mine a few years ago. When he started
playing, his immediate reaction was "Oh, that's really
jazzy". I agree.