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Guild USA Artist Award w/ OHSC - Rare, Clean Condition, Plays Great - $4,900 (Traverse City)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Guild
model name / number: Artist Award

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*Located in Traverse City and willing to drive to meet up - Cash sale preferred but will consider trades for guitars from Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, PRS and other popular American brands - Thank you!*

Whether you're a Guild fanatic, or just a fan of high end "big box" style guitars, this is really something special that doesn't come around too often! This is a 1997 Guild Artist Award in Blonde finish. Included is the original deluxe hardshell case. This guitar is in immaculate condition for it's age and plays incredibly well with low action. This was owned by one person for the majority of this guitar's history and it's obvious that it was treasured and taken great care of. This model was originally a Johnny Smith signature "Johnny Smith Award" but then changed to "Artist Award" after Johnny left Guild. These were offered in Guild's catalog but only as a custom order after 1970 or so. Very few of these have been made, especially relative to other models as well as offerings from other major guitar manufacturers. For example, between 1997 and 1999, only around 50 were built, and only about 1,600 in the ~40 years of this model's history! Even in the late '90s, this would've run you $6,299.00. Taking inflation into account, that would be about $12,500 today! These were hand-built by skilled craftsman and given the nicest appointments Guild had to offer. By ANY measure, this is an incredibly nice guitar and would be a standout in anyone's collection. The figuring and grain in the wood throughout is amazing, and the build quality is beyond excellent. It sounds exceptional, too. Very enjoyable to play unplugged, and very pleasant when plugged in. The pickup has a very articulate sound and is a perfect complement to playing complex chords when you want the string definition to shine through. One thing that makes this particular one unique is that it was ordered with a Master Tone control to accompany the Master Volume (which the "base model" did not have). Here are some specs and detailed info:

- Body: Hollow; solid, hand-carved graduated spruce top, solid 2-piece flame German maple back and sides; 9-ply bound top and back.
- Finish: Blonde, nitrocellulose lacquer.
- Neck: 5-piece flame maple, set-in; 9-ply bound headstock with abalone and mother-of-pearl logo and inlay.
- Fingerboard: Ebony, bound; mother of pearl block markers with abalone inserts; Medium frets.
- Number of Frets: 20.
- Pickguard: Tortoloid plastic, 5-ply bound.
- Bridge: Ebony on ebony base; Guild harp tailpiece.
- Nut: Bone.
- Tuners: Grover Super Rotomatic.
- Pickup: Guild floating humbucker.
- Controls: Master volume, Master Tone.
- Scale Length: 25 5/8”.
- Neck Width at Nut: 1 11/16”.
- Body Width at Lower Bout: 17 3/16”.
- Body Depth: 3 1/2”.

Condition: This guitar is in phenomenal shape, especially for it's age. After thorough inspection, it looks to be 100% original, with no structural issues or repairs. Everything functions as it should. The guitar is setup with flatwound 12s and plays effortlessly. The neck is nice and straight and set with just a bit of relief. I don't see any bridge lift or "bellying" of the top. The frets are in nice shape, showing some very light wear throughout, but nothing that impacts playability. No dents, divots or flattened spots. These frets aren't quite as tall as a Medium-Jumbo, but are about the same width. They feel great to play on! As for the rest of the guitar: There really isn't much evidence of play wear. The gold hardware shows some light patina and tarnishing, but still looks extremely nice and is in great condition. There are no major nicks, dings, scratches, etc. You'll find some very feint, light scratches and shallow indentations here and there if you look hard enough but there isn't much that stands out whatsoever. There are some light, surface level "check" marks in the neck binding near the fret ends, which is expected to see, since nitro lacquer finish shrinks over time. You'll see this with Gibsons, too, and really any guitar that has binding and is finished in nitro lacquer. This is insignificant and shouldn't be a concern whatsoever. There is just a bit of very light "stand rash" on both sides of the headstock above the ends of the nut, around the "collar" area. Most stands are made out of material that can cause light degradation and discoloration of the surface finish coat during extended exposure to nitro lacquer finish. Most people aren't aware of this, so they just set their guitar on the stand and think nothing of it. Again, this is something I see a lot and is purely a minor cosmetic blemish.

*Note: I am helping someone sell this guitar, and the owner does not want to ship it (and I don't really blame him).

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