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  • NGD! 1960 Guild M-65 Freshman - Short Scale!

    I'm a sucker for old Guild guitars. it's true. One of my dream guitars is a late 1950s Aristocrat, but they're so expensive that I'll probably never buy one. As a compromise, I decided to get this 1960 Freshman. It's kind of a one pickup, short scale (22 3/4"), simplified version of the Aristocrat.

    The pickup is a P90 style "Franz" pickup that is low output. Combined with the fully hollow body and short scale, this thing delivers the most airy, woody tone with really articulate highs. I've never heard anything like it. I may have to record a demo through my Mustang I to see if it can capture the tone. I wish I had my '66 Vibro Champ with me...

    The short scale is actually not nearly as cramped as I feared it might be. Then again, I have really small hands so I like short scales. Plus, the nut is a normal width so it's not like playing an "A" width vintage Duo Sonic/Musicmaster neck. I think it's strung up with 10s right now, but I might put some 11s on it and see how it feels.

    The "bad": the bridge, tailpiece, knobs, and tuners aren't original. Also, at least the back and neck have been refinished. It's difficult to tell if the finish on the top of the body is original or not. I probably paid a little more than I should for it, but it's a crazy little guitar that I couldn't pass on!

    On to the photos!






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  • #2
    really cool looking guitar... love it... congrats

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    • #3
      It's different and funky, and that makes it cool!
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      • #4
        Very nice. You could frame it as art, but that would be a sin.
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        • #5
          woo hoo!
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          • #6
            Thanks for the comments!

            I just spent some time pulling the pots out of the F hole so I could get some contact cleaner inside them. They were having some issues after 50 years. Now that they're cleaned, all the issues are gone! No more scratchiness or cutting out. There must have been a lot of buildup inside there.

            This little task reaffirmed that working on the electronics on hollow body guitars is not high on my list of favorite ways to spend an evening.
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            • #7
              Love those old Guilds! -Adam
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              • #8
                I don't know how I missed this thread...I was anticipating it.
                I think I like the looks of the florentine cutaway on your guitar more so than the venetian style on my T-100.
                Happy NGD!
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                • #9
                  Short-scales make a lot of sense to me on those jazz-stereotyped guitars. Tricky chords and such, it's good you can get more reach on that thing. And John Lennon sure dug that short-scale Rickenbacker a lot....

                  Really cool, man.
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                  • #10
                    Cool guitar. Great score.
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                    • #11
                      if you need correct replacement parts, email this guy: jpilzer@guildguy.com
                      He's called "the guild guy" for a reason. Nice man

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                      • #12
                        if you need correct replacement parts, email this guy: jpilzer@guildguy.com
                        He's called "the guild guy" for a reason. Nice man


                        Thanks for that! Are you into old Guild guitars as well?
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                        • #13
                          super nice score there! congrats!
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                          • #14
                            That's too cool. Congrats.

                            EG
                            We're not in Kansas anymore.

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                            • #15
                              Dang that's nice! Congrats on the beautiful guitar. I'd love something like that.

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