Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)

Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)
Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)

Guild M-65 Freshman Full Scale, Sunburst (USED, 1962)

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One of the more under-the-radar electrics to come out of Guild's "Golden Era" is the M-65 Freshman. You might be thinking "well it's a short scale 3/4 size guitar - what's so exciting about that?!"... look a little closer and you'll see that this Freshman is the exception to the rule.

This is a full scale version of the student model hollowbody electric, with a relation much closer to the heralded M-75 Aristocrat model introduced some 8 years prior. Built in 1962, this M-65 Freshman features the Gibson-esque 24 3/4" scale length with a 1 11/16" nut width and full size single-cutaway body. By all accounts, this is considered a rarer variant than the 3/4 version; think of it almost like an Aristocrat Jr.

The thinline hollow body is constructed of Mahogany back and sides with a top-bound 3-ply laminate Maple top and two f-holes. The 22-fret Mahogany neck joins the body at the 16th fret and features a bound Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. The Guild "harp" style tailpiece and adjustable Rosewood bridge complete the M-65/M-75 design, with a single 'Franz' P90 pickup in soapbar configuration residing in the neck position. The guitar maintains its original Guild pickguard and clear skirted "shield" knobs, as well as the original set of 3-on-a-plate nickel plated tuners. The headstock is the "open book" style that Guild used up until 1963 or so (Gibson certainly took notice!), with the newly adapted block letter logo/inlay that followed through the 60s and beyond.

As you might imagine, the guitar is very lightweight, and produces a nice focused but warm acoustic tone. The Franz P90 has a different tonality than that of a Gibson P90 - rounder in the bass with more zing and clarity in the top end. Output is quite healthy, and there's great range in tones with adjustments in either Volume or Tone controls. The Medium C neck profile is quite comfortable with an even taper. The original small frets show some moderate wear primarily in the first position, but they still offer an ease of playability.

Condition: Excellent. A truly complete example in every way, with all original parts and finish. Body wear is consistent with age, but the guitar has been very well cared for throughout its 60 years. The beautiful Sunburst top finish shows lacquer checking throughout but with very minimal wear in the way of chips, dings, and scratches. The back and sides present a little more play wear with some light scratches, small dings, and some buckle rash, as well as a slight stress fracture in the Mahogany side right at the edge of the cutaway (old and stable, however). There's some light to moderate wear on the back of the neck from regular use. The original headstock veneer remains delightfully intact; Guilds have a history of delamination and shrinkage issues with their headstock veneers, so it's always nice to see one that has survived in great shape.

It's hard to argue just how cool and vibey this compact hollowbody is. Guilds from this period remain as excellent vintage values and can often go toe to toe with their bigger name counterparts at a fraction of the cost.

Priced with non-original form fitting (and correct) hardshell case.

  • 3-ply Maple laminate top with fully hollow Mahogany body
  • Original nitrocellulose finish
  • 24 3/4" scale length
  • 1 11/16" nut width
  • 22 Fret Mahogany neck w/ bound Rosewood fingerboard
  • Medium C neck profile: .84" @ 1st fret / .95" @ 12th fret
  • Original Franz P90 pickup and electronics
  • Original nickel-plated hardware
  • Original adjustable Rosewood bridge
  • Original Guild knobs and pickguard
  • Weight: 5lb 2oz
  • Serial # 19910
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