American guitar manufacturer, Guild Guitars, will enjoy a very special 50th anniversary this year, and kicked off it's year-long celebration at this winter's NAMM show with the introduction of the Anniversary Model D-55. Production of this guitar is limited to fifty pieces.
While the Guild Guitar Company was "officially" conceived in 1952, it wasn't until 1953 when its very first guitars were finished and ready for delivery. Since that time, Guild has become the number one choice in archtop jazz guitars the world over, with its acoustic and electric guitars holding their own place in popular music history. From Johnny Smith to Muddy Waters, from Howlin' Wolf to Ritchie Havens and from Jimmy Bruno to Slash, Guild guitars have helped shape the sounds of jazz, blues and rock as we know it today.
To commemorate this historic milestone, Guild will honor its most recognized and most popular acoustic guitar, the D-55. The new Anniversary Model D-55 is built at Guild's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Corona, California, and uses only the world's finest guitar making materials.
Four-A grade highly figured Brazilian rosewood has been selected for the back and sides of the guitar, with master grade Engleman spruce for its top. The body, neck and headstock are feature a cream binding, with abalone block inlays featured on the fretboard and traditional abalone Guild logo on the headstock. A special 12th fret abalone inlay and engraved truss rod cover both signify the 50th Anniversary.
The prototype 50th Anniversary Model Guild was on display at Guild's NAMM booth. Only fifty more pieces will ever be reproduced, and they are available on a per-order basis. US MSRP is $5,500.00.