1956 1957 1958 Guild M75 Aristocrat vintage Guitar TUNERS Kluson Gibson Flying V
Made in Guild’s Westerly, Rhode Island, plant in 1988 according to the serial number (D250559), the “3-88” imprinted on the headstock, and the Guild website, this wonderful dreadnought 12-string has been dominating lesser instruments for over two decades. It has been played, and it has the resonance of its aged woods to prove it, but cosmetically the finish still gleams like new. The classic good looks make it stand out in a crowd, but it’s the huge sound that will make other musicians turn around to check it out.
The Guild D-25-12 has a solid spruce top, solid mahogany sides and neck, and a mahogany back arched for greater projection. The dreadnought style body is bound in black top and back, with a large tortoiseshell pick guard, a rosewood bridge with white black-dot pins, and a multi-stripe rosette. The 14/20 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay ends in six-per-side chrome Grover tuners and the pearl inlaid headstock logo, crown, and chesterfield.
There are very few cosmetic items: a few small dings on the lower bout most visible in picture 4, and the more obvious professionally repaired crack and finish flaw on the back of the neck (see picture 11). This repair has been solid for years now, the neck is straight and true, and the action is consistently low and fast all the way to the 20th fret. There is also a repaired crack at the end pin visible in picture 11—a repair which is reinforced by the end block itself. The bridge has also been professionally re-set, although I doubt that you will be able to tell.
In short, you can go to China and get a Guild GAD if you want shiny, but this is a real Guild, “Made to be Played,” and Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, it will pass into the heads of a player able to make music and turn heads for a generation or two to come. Guild has been famous for the power and durability of its 12-strings since the 1950s, and this big boomer is set to continue in that tradition.
The included virtually new hard shell case is also in excellent condition. The hardware is perfect, the plush lining is clean and soft, the handle is comfortable, and structurally it is solid as a rock. It is the ideal complement for this fine guitar—and of course offers outstanding protection.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $50 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashiers and personal checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have made every effort to describe and illustrate this guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. Its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was inadvertently misrepresented in this listing.
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