Guild Stuart X-500 – U.S.A. – 1953


Electric Hollow Body Archtop guitar


Spruce top, maple body and neck

Rosewood fretboard

Two P-90 single coil pickups


The X-500 was very similar in appearance and size to Epiphone’s Zephyr Deluxe Regent and was marketed as a competitor to Gibson’s large L-5 CES. The Guild guitar was luxuriously equipped, with a tortoise shell-decorated pickguard and V-shaped inlays of abalone and mother-of-pearl. The first examples had beautiful rosewood fretboards. The bridge was made of ebony and the tailpieces were covered with gold leaf.
The instrument had a cutaway and was available in an acoustic version with a hand-carved solid spruce top. The X-500 confirmed Guild’s already impressive reputation and craftsmanship. Today it is a true collector’s item.

Last updated on 12 May 2020
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